Photos and report by Ricardo Conde
WBA # 1 lightweight contender “Bam Bam” Brandon Rios (26-0-1, 19 KOs) of Oxnard, CA, continues his preparations, under the watchful eye of former junior lightweight champion Robert Garcia, as he is scheduled to take on WBA lightweight champion Miguel “Aguacerito” Acosta (28-3-2, 22 KOs) of Venezuela on Saturday, February 26th at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, NV which will be shown live on SHOWTIME Championship Boxing and is being presented by Top Rank. Remaining tickets are priced at $200, $100 and $50 and are available at the Pearl Box Office at the Palms, any Ticketmaster location, by phone at 1-800-745-3000, or online at www.ticketmaster.com.
“This is probably one of the best training camps I’ve had in my career. We’re working very hard for February 26th,” said Brandon Rios. “This is the most important fight of my career. I’ve been working for this since I was a little kid and I know I’ll be champion,” continued Rios.
Rios has enlisted the help of junior welterweight contender Victor ‘Mermelada’ Cayo (26-1, 18 KOs) of the Dominican Republic, as well as hard hitting lightweight prospect Francisco Contreras (15-0, 13 KOs) also of the Dominican Republic.
“We have a great group of guys to help Brandon with sparring and get him ready for this fight,” said chief trainer Robert Garcia. “They’re all very good, strong fighters, and they’re all pushing Brandon to the limit. I know that with the work Brandon is putting in the gym, and his determination to win, he’ll definitely beat Acosta on February 26th,” continued Garcia.
In his last outing, Brandon Rios defeated Omri Lowther (14-3, 10 KOs) via 5th round TKO this past November on the Manny Pacquiao vs. Antonio Margarito undercard at the $1.2 billion Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, TX.
Prior to that Brandon Rios impressively defeated Anthony Peterson (30-1, 20 KOs) in a lightweight title eliminator after Peterson was disqualified in the 7th round for an excessive amount of low blows in September 2010 at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, NV.
Also, scheduled to be on the undercard, under the guidance of world renowned trainer Ronnie Shields, will be undefeated light heavyweight prospect and Notre Dame boxing champion Mike Lee (3-0, 2 KOs).