Rios Defeats Chaves by DQ

By Robert Ecksel on August 2, 2014
Rios Defeats Chaves by DQ
Chaves was DQ'd after landing a forearm to Brandon Rios' mouth. (Chris Farina/Top Rank)

Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios won a foul-filled mess of fight against Diego Chaves by disqualification at 1:26 of round nine…

Saturday night at the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas, Nevada, former WBA lightweight champion Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios (32-2-1, 23 KOs), from Oxnard, California, won a foul-plagued mess of fight against Diego Chaves (23-2, 19 KOs), from San Miguel, Buenos Aires, Argentina, by disqualification at 1:26 of round nine.

The fighters went at it tooth and nail at the opening bell and never let up. A quintessential phone booth fight, neither fight gave an inch as they took turns delivering and eating punches.

It was vintage Brandon Rios. He fought his way inside, where he could do the most damage, seemingly oblivious to pain. Chaves fought a more nuanced fight, if the word nuanced has any place describing what took place. The Argentinean needed to box. But Bam Bam wanted to rumble and Chaves, no less macho than Rios, was happy to oblige, perhaps to fault.

However do-or-die the action, however bad the blood between the two fighters, it was exciting while it lasted.

The referee, Vic Drakulich, deducted a point from Chaves for holding in round three. He deducted a point from Rios in the fifth for throwing Chaves to the canvas. Chaves was deducted another point in round eight for shoving his glove in Bam Bam’s’ face during a break.

As unhappy as the fighters were with each other, they were no less happy with Vic Drakulich.

Rios first complained about being thumbed in the sixth round. Chaves also complained about being fouled. Both men’s corners complained as well.

“Every time he had me in a headlock,” said Rios, “he was grabbing my eye. He was holding me. What could I do? This is not the way I wanted to win. I’m not happy with the way it went.”

At the time of the stoppage, due to a forearm to Rios’ face, Chaves was ahead on two of the three scorecards.

In his dressing room after the bout, Rios felt nauseous and dizzy.

He was taken to a hospital for observation.

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  1. Darrell 11:34pm, 08/03/2014

    Wish Drakulich had deducted a point or two from Amir Khan for his chronic holding & hugging in his last one out…...may have allowed Collazo to actually do some fighting.  Average referee.

  2. Pete The Sneak 11:09am, 08/03/2014

    I predicted a Rios stoppage in the 9th round, however not in this manner…Chaves must have indeed been doing some dirty work on Rios eyes when holding Brandon’s head down in those clinches…Rios is usually not a whiner,  but he was certainly in complaint mode in this fight…I’m a big Rios fan, but in watching him fight, I really don’t know how many more fights he has left in him. He is sounding more and more paunchy every time I hear him speak and you can see his reflexes are slowly eroding…Just saying…Peace.

  3. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo aka Gimpel 09:45am, 08/03/2014

    Which reminds me….God Bless Jackie Mason!

  4. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo aka Gimpel 09:43am, 08/03/2014

    I guess she was a mirage because she actually was in Chaves’ corner…..had me seeing double for a while there.

  5. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo aka Gimpel 08:58am, 08/03/2014

    Drakulich very cranky last night….very school marmish…..tiny Sparkle Lee outdid his sorry ass…...kept invoking the DQ word early and often…..finally pulled the plug because Rios was throwing a major hissy fit…..remarkable performance by Chaves in light of major jet lag…..you could see it in that silly grin…...things really got out of control because Chaves was simply not strong enough to deal with Brandon inside resulting in constant hanging on and finally a sweet wrestling takedown…..tell me the woman in Rios ’ corner was not a mirage…...this is a woman that the Caliphate wants to cover up from head to toe when she’s out in public…..and throw in a Goddamned clitorectomy for good measure to destroy her soul.

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