Photos and report by Ricardo Conde
WBA # 1 lightweight contender “Bam Bam” Brandon Rios (26-0-1, 19 KOs) of Oxnard, CA, trained by former junior lightweight champion Robert Garcia, began preparations this week at the Robert Garcia Boxing Academy for his upcoming bout as he is set 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 and is being presented by Top Rank.
Brandon Rios was originally scheduled to face the winner of Humberto “La Zorrita” Soto (54-7-2, 32 KOs) and Urbano Antillon (28-2, 20 KOs), who fought earlier this month for the WBC lightweight title at the Honda Center in Anaheim, CA which Soto won by unanimous decision after twelve exciting back-and-forth rounds and is considered widely by many to have been the “Fight of the Year”. However, Humberto Soto will not be ready by February because of the battle these two fighters engaged in earlier this month.
In his last outing, 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.
“I had a good fight on November 13th and I’m ready to get back in the ring and fight for my first world title. Everyone knows that I always come forward and give it everything I have to put on a good show and I know I have what it takes to win this title,” said Rios.
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 at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, NV.
“We know Brandon’s going to be ready for this fight and I know he’s going to become the new champion. This is what he’s been training all his life for and he’s 100% committed to winning,” said chief trainer Robert Garcia.