Rios/Antillion Talk Trash in L.A.

By Robert Ecksel on July 5, 2011
Antillon better be prepared to weather the storm, whether he likes the storm or not

In anticipation of Saturday’s WBA lightweight title fight between the champion Brandon Rios (27-0-1, 19 KOs) and his challenger Urbano Antillon (28-2, 20 KOs), the two fighters met with the press today at an open workout at the Fortune Gym in L.A.

“It’s not like I hate him (Antillon), but I don’t think we like each other,” said Rios. “I don’t like him. He says he is going to test me and that I’m not ready for what he is going to bring to the table. I hope he tests me, but he had better be bringing a really big table. If it’s a small table, he is definitely getting knocked out.”

Knock out is one of the things Rios does best, and Antillon better be prepared to weather the storm, whether he likes the storm or not.

“I feel very good,” Rios continued. “I’m ready to fight and I’m totally relaxed and focused. This is a great fight for television and the fans. We are both going to be getting after each other. I worked very hard to win the belt.  No way I’m giving it up in my first defense. Not against this guy.’’

Robert Garcia, Rios’ trainer, knows his charge like he knows the back of his hand.

“I know Brandon,” Garcia said, “and it is not a big deal for him to be mad at an opponent going into a fight. Actually, it’s a good thing for him. If it wasn’t, I would worry about it, or say something. But Brandon needs it and it won’t affect how he performs. I would be more concerned if he wasn’t on edge before a fight.”

Antillon has seen and heard it all a million times, and is not neither phased nor deterred by Rios’ bluster.

“I am totally confident and ready and deep down know I am going to win this fight,” he said. “Rios is a strong guy but he leaves himself wide open a lot. He’s an idiot for continuing to still talk about what he says I said about his wife, and I’m surprised he’s still talking about it. He’s an immature kid who is going to get taken to school.

“People know what they are going to get in our fight. Fans want action, and that’s what they are going to get from the opening bell—nonstop action.

“I’ve put in the time, I’ve put in the work and I am ready to become world champion. I hope Rios is prepared to bring his best because that’s what he’s going to get from me. It will just be a matter of time before I stop him.’’

Antillon’s trainer, Abel Sanchez, is as confident as Antillon.

“This is going to be a great fight for as long as it lasts,” he said. “I just hope Rios is ready for it. If he needs to come in with a big chip on his shoulder, if that’s what is motivating himself for this fight, then I think he’s making a mistake.

“He better be totally prepared because Urbano has never been more confident.’’

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