Urbano Antillon Meets the Press

By Robert Ecksel on July 4, 2011
“It’s kind of mind boggling the way he’s taken it,” Antillon said of Rios

In his last outing, Antillon lost a controversial decision to WBC lightweight champ Humberto Soto in what many believe was “Fight of the Year”…

The big action this weekend features undefeated Brandon Rios (27-0-1, 19 KOs) defending his WBA lightweight title against Urbano Antillon (28-2, 20 KOs). The fight is Saturday, July 9, at The Home Depot Center in Carson, CA, and will be broadcast live on Showtime at 10 pm ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast).

Antillon recently met with the press via telephone conference call. In his last outing, he lost a controversial decision to WBC lightweight champ Humberto Soto in what many believe was a candidate for “Fight of the Year,” and he hopes to redeem himself against Rios.

“The difference between Humberto Soto and Brandon Rios is that Rios is not a mover, he’s not a boxer,” said Antillon. “If he tried to do that I’m sure he’s not going to do that great a job at it. You just don’t change things from day to night. If he wants to stand there in front of me he’s going to get hit. And the ones that have stayed there I’ve been breaking them down or knocking them out. Brandon Rios is nothing special. He’s no different than anyone else. We’re going to go in there with the mission to bring him in and break him down and come out with the victory.”

Antillon was in great shape when he fought Soto. He’s in great shape for when he fights Rios.

“Our training is going great,” he said. “If you thought I was in great shape against Soto, I’m probably even in better shape this time. I’m in a different state of mind, a positive state of mind and just looking forward to this fight.

“I’m not going to change my style. I have boxed in the past but it wasn’t my first choice. It was just something that I had to do. It was more of a survival thing that I did. I made little tweaks here and there with Abel Sanchez and hopefully we’ll be able to adapt them into our game plan. That’s the plan. You’re going to see the best plan for a guy who is aggressive and comes forward.”

Antillon lives in Maywood, CA, so the fight in Carson is like a fight at home.

“I don’t feel pressure whatsoever fighting at home,” Antillon insisted. It won’t be my first time fighting at home and hopefully won’t be my last. It’s always been an honor and, if anything, very motivating. It’s always great to have people backing you up. Sometimes the water can get pretty deep so it’s always good to have people to pull you through those moments and give you that little extra push to come forward. I’ve always had great support from my hometown and hope to bring them a world championship.”

Abel Sanchez, Antillon’s trainer, said, “I know Rios is training very hard and is a tough opponent for us. but you know what? That’s what these fights are supposed to be. A world championship fight is supposed to be this tough.Urbano has had a great camp and we are looking forward to July 9 and that boxing will have a new superstar. The crowd and the people watching on TV are going to be the winners because this is the type of fight that will get all those MMA fans back on our side.”

Antillon talked trash in the lead up to the fight, and Rios, who should know better, took it seriously.

“It’s kind of mind boggling the way he’s taken it,” said Antillon of Rios. “I was very surprised the way he reacted actually. I’ve never seen someone lose it like that in front of me so bad. It really took me back to my elementary school years being flipped off by a fifth-grader on the playground or something. I did mention his wife but never in a way that should upset him. He can play victim to whatever he wants and say I said this or I said that. It doesn’t matter to me. But I know why I said it and I know my intentions behind it. He could take it personal but he’s nothing special. He’s just like any other opponent. It’s nothing personal to me except that he’s holding my world title and that’s the only thing personal behind it.”

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