Former two-time world bantamweight titleholder Joseph Agbeko stopped Alberto Commey in round five on Saturday night at the Idrowhyt Event Center in Agbeko’s hometown of Accra, Ghana.
Agbeko improved to 38-5, 28 knockouts.
Saturday night marked Agbeko’s first fight in almost 14 months, a ninth round knockout victory over Gabriel Ochieng.
Commey was game throughout much of the fight, throwing wide hooks or crosses, but few of those punches actually landed clean on Agbeko. The shorter Agebko was content to work behind a steady jab, throwing and landing combination to the head and body of Commey.
During an exchange, Commey abruptly dropped to one knee although it did not look like Agbeko cleanly landed a punch. Commey did beat the count, but the referee decided to wave the fight off.
With the win over Commey, Agbeko, who will turn 44 on March 22, has now won his last nine bouts since his one-sided decision loss to then-WBA junior featherweight titleholder Guillermo Rigondeaux in December 2013.
Agbeko won the IBF bantamweight title in September 2007 by stopping Nicaragua’s Luis Perez. Agbeko would make two successful defenses before losing to Yonnhy Perez by unanimous decision in October 2009, but would win the title back in his next fight 13 months later.
Agbeko would lose the IBF title in his next bout to Abner Mares in August 2011 and the rematch three and a half months later.
Commey, who also resides in Accra, drops to 5-7, 4 KOs.
In the main event, former world title challenger Patrick Allotey (41-4, 31 KOs) stopped Victus Kemavor in round 2.
Allotey hurt Kemavor several times from the opening bell. Early in round 2, Kemavor turned away after Allotey landed two punches to the body, prompting an eight-count. Moments later, a barrage of punches backed Kemavor in a corner, where Allotey continued to connect punches until Kemavor’s corner threw in the towel, saving him from taking further punishment.
The win over Kemavor was Allotey’s fight since his knockout loss to then-WBO junior middleweight titleholder Jaime Munguia on September 14 of last year.
Kemavor drops to 11-5, 8 KOs and has now lost four of his last six bouts.
The card was co-promoted Box Office Sports Promotions, Cabic Boxing Promotions, and Aborigines Boxing Promotions.