WBA lightweight champion Brandon Rios will be defending his title against Urbano Antillon this Saturday, July 9 at the Home Depot Center in Carson, CA.
For the real boxing fans who follow the current generation of sluggers we already know that this fight has fight of the year written all over it.
Brandon Rios is an undefeated rising star who's been quite controversial with his trash talking of Manny Pacquiao's top trainer Freddie Roach during the pre-fight hype to Pacquiao/Margarito, and more consistently against life long rival WBC welterweight champion Victor Ortiz.
Rios has been known to talk a lot of trash but unlike many who do talk trash he can actually back it up in the ring for he actually punishes his opponents onto a stoppage.
Many doubted if he was ready for a title shot when he faced then WBA champion Miguel Acosta in February. Rios knocked Acosta down several times throughout the fight onto a TKO stoppage in the 10th round.
Enter Urbano Antillon who is a crowd pleasing favorite with his exciting fighting style. Antillon knows how to fight only one way and that is toe-to-toe while keep throwing and applying the pressure to his opponents.
I sat ringside to Antillon/Soto a fight that many considered to be fight of the year because of the constant action for all 12 rounds. Most of this constant action was due to Antillon not backing up or slowing down even when eating many of Soto's best shots to his chin.
Soto did not have true knockout power in this fight and Antillon was rather one-dimensional with his keep coming forward in a straight line plan which is why it pretty much went on for 12 rounds.
Rios on the other hand has true knock out power and he may very well knock down Antillon several times and even stop him this Saturday after what many will probably view as the top Fight of the Year candidate for 2011.
You figure their very exciting fighting styles combined with the bad blood that these two fighters have with each other such as Antillon talking about Brandon's wife during the press conferences can only mean it will be nothing less than one hell of a fight.
For all of my boxing fans out there who want to win over new boxing fans this will be the fight to invite them over to watch this weekend.
This is why Showtime network is often viewed as the true fight fan's preferred network for they bring us the real exciting fights and match ups such as Rios/Antillon and Vazquez/Marquez 1, 2, 3.
Tune in this weekend to Showtime and to the Bleacher Report this weekend as we will be live at the ringside media section at the Home Depot Center in Carson covering this highly potential fight of the year.
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