Five things to know about David Morrell-Sena Agbeko

 David Morrell Jr. will face Sena Agbeko in a super middleweight bout Saturday at The Armory in Minneapolis — Showtime Championship Boxing's last ever card.

The bout, which has snuck up at the end of 2023 with little promotion, will mark the end of an era.

Though the main event has consequence, it also feels like it will be remembered as a trivia question more than a milestone in either figther's career. 

Here are some things to look at for the final Showtime Championship Boxing fight.

01. A strange goodbye to Showtime 

Albeit, both fought on Showtime Championship Boxing, neither was a centerpiece to the channel's programming. When you think of Showtime Boxing of the last decade, names like Keith Thurman, Danny Garcia, even Erislandy Lara come to mind. Heck, even Robert Guerrero versus Andre Berto, which seems to be occurring off-television fits that era better, despite being an HBO fight. 

For the final Showtime boxing card, it feels as though it was thrown together not put together. Not unlike HBO Boxing ending with a Cecilia Braekhus defeating Aleksandra Magdziak-Lopes. This fight lacks the big fight send-off a network that gave so much to boxing might deserve.  

02. The two have a rivalry

Agbeko spoke to ProBox TV earlier this year as he feels wronged by Nevada State Athletic Commission for not allowing him to fight Morrell earlier. He was set to face Morrell on the Gervonta Davis versus Ryan Garcia PPV undercard in April — but the NSAC wouldn’t commission him. 

Agbeko made aggressive statements toward Morrell afterward. He has let the world he not afraid of a perceived boogeyman. 

“For me, my biggest disappointment has been in the commission it almost feels like granting me the license right now just as a way to kind of cover up their own tracks and then go like well, we're just following protocol,” Agbeko told ProBox TV earlier this year.

“They could have easily granted the license because we had over a week to go [for the David Morrell fight], but they chose to ignore due process that was [granted for] me and then it almost felt like they had something already planned and that's what they executed. So for me, I felt like I had been greatly wronged, and this is just not enough, and again, like I've said I will seek other means to address the issue."

03. Morrell might be the future 

Morrell might be one of the best fighters in the world, even if he is currently uncrowned. Morrell is a huge risk, and that means to get opponents for him, promoters may have to overpay fighters. Morrell is heading into his 10th pro fight, as the 25-year-old southpaw is already seen as a top-five super middleweight. All but one of his fights have ended by way of stoppage. 

His first-round knockout of Yamaguchi Falcão was one for the highlight-reel. His twelfth round knockout Aidos Yerbossynuly left the fighter in the hospital for weeks after. He will probably never fight again. 

Morrell is a Cuban amateur stud, who weaponizes his talent in the ring. He is also the only fighter of recent memory to call out David Benavídez. 

04. Agbeko is being counted out

Agbeko is being counted out (and for good reason given his opponent). Yet, Agbeko is better than one might think. Despite a loss to Vladimir Shishkin, he holds wins over Winfred Harris Jr. and Isaiah ‘Z-Wop’ Steen. Harris had only one loss going into that fight, and Steen was undefeated prior. 

Agbeko’s other loss was in 2014 in the Boxcino tournament. He came in at a career-low weight of 157 1/4 pounds. He was stopped in that fight, and never fought at that weight again.

 This is a step up for Agbeko, but he has entered and won from the wrong corner before.

05. What happens after this…

The winner should be in a position to land a big fight. Yet, Canelo has all four world titles, and in theory, should challenge David Benavídez his mandatory challenger for the WBC super middleweight title. That said, rumors have surfaced that Canelo might target Jaime Munguia. 

Jermall Charlo looked sub-par in his return to the ring against a smaller fighter in Jose Benavidez Jr. Caleb Plant has stated he wants to target Charlo if possible.

Maybe Benavidez vs. Morrell could happen, or Benavidez vs. Agbeko if an upset were to occur, but the division is stalled. As until Canelo decides what is next for him - the division will wait given that he holds every world title. 

So, the winner of this bout will be in the uncoveted spot of a high-risk, low-reward opponent to a big-name fighter.