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  Rios Dethrones Acosta

By Shelley Williams

Las Vegas boxing fans and a Showtime audience witnessed a boxing match of epic proportion tonight at The Palms when undefeated Brandon Rios of Oxnard, California (27-0-1 KO: 19) snatched the WBA Lightweight Belt from Miguel Acosta of Caracas, Venezuela (28-4-2 KO: 22). There was not a nanosecond when these young warriors paused for a breather. From pillar to post, they battered one another in pursuit of the crown. It was reminiscent of the Humberto “Chiquita” Gonzalez v. Michael Carbajal clash of yesteryear. Most of the weathered boxing scribes in the media section were on their feet knowing they had better not blink. We pitied the poor punch-stat guy who had the daunting task of tallying punches in this toe-to-toe unrelenting brawl of the ages.

Rios floored Acosta in the sixth with a left hook and again in round eight. The grand finale came at 1:14 of round ten when Rios pummeled Acosta with a flurry of bad intentions at which time veteran Referee Joe Cortez halted the bout without a count. The game Acosta was undefeated for seven years and tonight ended a 19 fight winning streak. Rios exclaimed “My dream has come true. A little guy from Kansas, who would have ever believed it? Trainer Robert Garcia kept telling me to get into this guy, and when I went to the body, I hurt him. He told me if I let this guy box, he’ll box my ears off.” Garcia further said “Acosta is dangerous with distance, and you need to tighten it up.” Acosta lamented “I am very sad and disappointed because I really felt I was going to win this fight. Rios is very strong, and I prepared for that, but his power surprised me.” Brandon Rios has been criticized for taking part in a video that mocked the ravages of Parkinson’s disease suffered by Manny Pacquiao’s trainer, Freddie Roach. While unconscionable, he has said his “Mea Culpas”, and boxing seems to have forgiven him for the low blow.

Light Heavyweight sensation Mike Lee (4-0-0 KO: 3) who hails from the Windy City was in deep water when he was rushed by Pablo Gomez (1-3-1 KO: 1) in Tysonesque fashion after the opening bell. The Notre Dame Champion and 2009 graduate brushed it off and nailed Gomez with perfection sending him reeling to the canvas with mouthpiece in flight. Lee finished the job at 2:17 of round one. It looks as though that sweet right will be the calling card of Lee who appears to be the next Great White Hope in Top Rank’s stable of thoroughbreds. Lee personally went to Bangladesh in the summer of 2008 and has since established a foundation to help fund the Notre Dame Holy Cross Missions of Bangladesh. Lee has an excellent chance of winning the coveted crown down the road with veteran trainer, Ronnie Shields, at the helm. In my book, he is already a champion for humanity.

On a sad note, there was a 10-count tonight in honor of Lou Talbot, one of boxing’s finest judges, who lost his battle with colon cancer at age 87. May he rest in peace.

Undercard Results:

Hiromitsu Miura, 173.5, TKO Ramiro Bueno, 171, at 2:22 of the first round.

Andy Ruiz, 259, defeated Alvaro Morales, 298, by unanimous decision in six rounds.

Jesse Magdaleno, 123.5, TKO Jaime Gutierrez, 120, at 2:12 of the first round.

Anthony Leak, 141.5, TKO Terry Buterbaugh, 140.5, at 2:42 of the sixth round.

Roberto Marroquin, 126.5, defeated Gilberto Sanchez Leon, 127, by an eight round unanimous decision.

Aaron Garcia, 127, defeated Alejandro Lopez, 126.5, by a four round majority decision.

*Shelley Williams is the Nevada Correspondent for The Talkin Boxing with Billy C Radio Show. The show runs LIVE five days a week and for two hours a day. Go to www.BillyCBoxing.com or www.talkinboxing.com for all show info.


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