Rios-Antillon and the Fights

By Robert Ecksel on July 10, 2011
Rios-Antillon and the Fights
This is what real fighters do. This is what real fights are supposed be about.

They entered the ring beaming with pride, and when they left the ring, however battered and bruised, they were still beaming with pride…

Lightweight champion Brandon Rios (28-0-1, 20 KOs) successfully defended his WBA title Saturday night at the Home Depot Center in Carson, CA, with a dramatic stoppage of Urbano Antillon (28-3, 20 KOs) in the third round of a scheduled 12-rounder.

In an action-packed thriller reminiscent of Hagler-Hearns and Corrales-Castillo I, Rios and Antillon went at it toe-to-toe from the opening bell and never let up.

Antillon landed the biggest shots in round one, but Rios came strong in the second. The punches were coming so fast and furious, and were so full of bad intentions, that it was hard to determine who had the upper hand, or who was or was not ahead.

After two rounds of nonstop trading, with jabs, rights, hooks and uppercuts flying in all directions, Rios landed a left hook in the third that caught the game and gutsy Antillon and dropped him to the deck. Antillon beat the count and got to his feet, but Rios smelled blood and went for the kill. Moments later he landed a booming overhead right that sent Antillon sprawling face-first onto the canvas.

Never-say-die Antillon again beat the count and got to his feet, but his eyes were glassy, he was on unsteady legs, and began stumbling around the ring. Referee David Mendoza saw all he needed to see and wisely decided to call at halt to the action with 11 seconds remaining in the round. 

“I said this fight would come down to the guy who could take the punch best,” said a jubilant Rios at the bout’s conclusion. “I was that guy. I’m tough, and I’m younger. I’ve got power in both hands. I knew I was going to win because I’m younger and stronger.

“I came and did what I told everybody I was going to do. I said I was going to knock him out, and I did. Antillon was a hell of a fighter at one time, but not this time. I’m young. I’m more hungrier. I’m more powerful. I’m going to the top and I see my career rising from here.”

“I got caught,” admitted Antillon. “Soto is a great champion who has good defensive skills. Rios is very strong. He’s much stronger than Soto. I just got caught.

Antillon did get caught, again and again, but he inflicted enough damage of his own to make it worthwhile. In short, he put up one helluva a fight. Antillon has nothing to be ashamed of. A loss of a fight isn’t the same as the loss of one’s courage and dignity, and Antillion’s courage and dignity, unlike his record, remain unblemished.

“That left hook caught me on the top of the head and it devastated me. I was never the same after the first knock down. Rios punches very hard. I just got caught and I was never able to recover.”

It’s so satisfying, yet so rare, to see a contest between two fighters who are equally matched and equally determined to put some serious hurt on the opposition. Neither man took a step back. Neither man clinched or held. Neither man had any excuses when the fight was over. This is what makes for great fights.

Another reason Rios-Antillion was such a great fight was that ended abruptly, suddenly, in the blink of an eye, so there was no need to go the judges’ scorecards. When judges are tallying their scorecards to determine who “won” the decision, everybody inevitably grits their teeth and expects the worst—and nine times out of ten their expectations are met.

Rios and Antillion took care of that Saturday night. They entered the ring ready and determined to do battle, not to dance and play games and jerk around the public. They entered the ring beaming with pride, and when they left the ring, however battered and bruised, they were still beaming with pride. This is what real fighters do. This is what real fights are supposed be about.

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  1. The Thresher 03:01pm, 07/15/2011

    Rios is the future. So is Molina.

  2. Joe 04:15am, 07/11/2011

    I’ve got to give RIos some props. He put on a great show Saturday night and he got his guy outta there. That’s what you want to see. I think he’s cocky but you have to be to be great, just ask Ali.

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