Agbeko Seeks To Halt Perez's Boxing Win Streak

Ghana's Joseph Agbeko will make the third defence of his International Boxing Federation bantamweight title when he faces Colombian challenger Yonnhy Perez on Saturday. Agbeko (27-1, 22 KOs) captured the title two years ago when he stopped Luis Alberto Perez in the seventh round. The 29-year-old's first defence came in a thrilling win over William Gonzalez and he followed that up with another impressive upset victory over three-time world champion Vic Darchinyan in July. "I don't care how many more fights it will take, but my goal is to be the number one fighter pound-for-pound in the world," the Ghana southpaw Agbeko said. "There are a lot of great fighters but I feel I'm the best. I am not looking past Perez, but I am willing to fight anybody to prove I am the best." The No. 1 ranked Perez is putting his undefeated record on the line having won 19 straight, including 14 by knockout. "There is no pressure but the opportunity is so enormous that it will feel great once we get into the ring and the fight starts," Perez said. "The time for talking is over. I have never been as focused or determined for a fight in my life. I have never worked harder, and I train all the time."