Rios & Antillon Wage War
By William Trillo
Photos: Marlene Marquez
It may not have
surpassed the classic Marvin Hagler vs. Tommy Hearns
Middleweight title classic, but the Lightweight title
fight between Brandon Rios (28-0-1, 21 KO's) & Urbano
Antillon (28-3, 20 KO's) was easily the best three
rounds of boxing that Bob Arum & Top Rank have promoted
since that 1985 bombs away battle.
There was no love lost between the two Mexican fighters
and the anticipation for a great war came to itís
fruition. From the opening bell these guys stood head to
head and let the punches fly. It was clear this was
going to be a beauty and it was just as apparent that
the fight would not go the distance.
Bloodied from the nose
in round one Antillon let the champion know he was there
for a fight and Rios let the challenger know that there
was no amount of pressure that would stop him from
keeping his belt.
For two rounds the warriors mounted a fistic battle that
had the Home Depot crowd roaring with approval. This was
as entertaining as any fight could possibly be.
As round three began the
fighters let the leather fly again but before he knew
what hit him Antillon found himself getting up off the
canvas as a clean right hand nailed the gritty fighter
and sent him down. Clearly hurt but not deterred
Antillon came at Rios with a full head of steam and was
looking to repay Rios for the damage done. For a moment
it seemed that Antillon might get himself back into the
fight but while swinging away he found himself on the
end of yet another right hand and down Antillon went. It
appeared to be over but somehow Urbano rose to his feet
to fight on. Moments later while in a clinch the ref
separated the fighters and the woozy Antillon stumbled
to his corner as he was barely able to keep his fight.
With Rios breathing fire and looking to come in for the
kill referee David Mendoza made the right decision and
brought a halt to the war before Antillon could suffer
further damage. A jubilant Rios climbed the ring post
and saluted his fans as he celebrated his huge victory.
There were no complaints
from the Antillon corner, he gave his best but it was
not near enough. For Rios itís all about, who is next
now? Names from Khan to Pacquiao were tossed about and
although those challenges may seem a bit premature the
one thing boxing fans do know, and thatís whether you
love or hate Rios he is here for a while and he will be
a formidable challenge for whomever he fights.
Cintron Melts Down Again
After the fight trainer
Ronnie Shields said of his fighter Kermit Cintron
(32-4-1,28 KO's), ďWe had a great camp and Kermit was
ready to go. I kept telling him he needed to throw more
punches, he just didnít do it. I just donít know what
And so it goes for Kermit Cintron.
The fighter with so much
natural skill and talent again got lost inside of his
own world and like we have seen time and time again the
fighter who possesses so much talent fell victim to his
own demons and was defeated. This time the victor was
Carlos Molina (19-4-2,6 KO's) who put on another
performance of a lifetime. On paper this fight was
Cintronís fight for the taking, but as the saying goes,
thatís why they make Ďem fight.
Molina had Cintronís number early and with each and
every round it was obvious Cintron was failing to come
up with any kind of answer for Molinaís attack. Molina
was in charge of the fight and the 98-92 scores across
the board are very accurate, he won the fight hands
I am not a therapist but
I will play one here in this article. It just seems to
me that when faced with adversity Kermit snaps and no
amount of encouragement can bring him back. We have seen
it before, his nose dive out of the ring versus Paul
Williams comes to mind and his post fight meltdown
versus Jesse Feliciano is another. Kermit Cintron is a
very gifted fighter but until he deals with the troubles
that seemingly come from within he may never be able to
allow his God given talents to get him to the top.