Agbeko's Collapse Presents Problems for Showtime Tournament

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Plenty of people guessed that Showtime's Super Six World Boxing Classic could run into some turbulence along the way thanks to its round robin format and the fact that six boxers were involved, and that indeed turned out to be the case.

But as we found out last night, even a smaller, simpler boxing tournament is far from a sure thing.

The final of the bantamweight tournament on Showtime between Joseph Agbeko and Abner Mares was called off after Agbeko collapsed at Los Angeles International Airport with pain in his right leg. Agbeko was treated for sciatica and was told he could not fight on Saturday.

Will there still be a card on Showtime on Saturday? That seems to be up in the air as of now. The show could certainly still go on with the consolation bout between Yonnhy Perez and Vic Darchinyan, a fight that should have plenty of action and would not be out of place as a televised main event.

There has also been talk of finding a late replacement for Mares, with Kevin Iole of Yahoo! Sports saying Tomoki Kameda is a possibility, though ESPN's Dan Rafael says Eric Morel is not.

We should still see Agbeko and Mares clash at some point, and it sounds as if there will still be boxing on Showtime on Saturday, but you never know about these things. It does go to show you that no matter what the structure, a boxing tournament has a lot of moving parts and isn't easy to pull off. 

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