Awesome Fight Pictures Rios vs Antillon

Photos by: Tom Casino / SHOWTIME

BRANDON RIOS RETAINS WBA LIGHTWEIGHT TITLE
IN ALL-OUT SLUGFEST OVER URBANO ANTILLON

Emerging Star Stays Unbeaten With Third-Round Stoppage

From The Home Depot Center in Carson , Calif.

Catch Replay On Tuesday, July 12 (10 p.m. ET/PT), On SHOWTIME EXTREME

Rios vs Antillon Photo by: Tom Casino / SHOWTIME

CARSON, Calif. Undefeated World Boxing Association (WBA) lightweight champion Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios retained his world title Saturday night with a devastating offensive onslaught, recording a third-round stoppage over Urbano Antillon at The Home Depot Center on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING.

Urbano Antillon & Brandon Rios going nose to nose (Tom Casino / SHOWTIME)

In the co-feature, Carlos Molina (19-4-2, 6 KOs) outworked former IBF welterweight world champion  Kermit Cintron (32-4-1, 28 KOs), who was fighting for the first time in 16 months, in a 10-round junior middleweight clash in what many considered an upset, identical on all three cards, 98-92.

Rios landing a big punch

But it was Rios (28-0-1, 20 KOs) of Oxnard , Calif. who stole the show in a SoCal neighborhood war over Antillon (28-3, 20 KOs) of Maywood , Calif. , just six miles down the road from Carson . With the crowd on its feet the entire fight chanting loudly for their favorite fighter, both Rios and Antillon came out swinging in a toe-to-toe battle that ended when referee David Mendoza stopped the bout when Antillon stumbled toward his corner at 2:49 in the third round.

Bradon Rios beats Urbano Antillon

Rios knocked Antillon down with a devastating left hook for the first of two knockdowns at the start of the third round. It was a shot Antillon would never recover from. Moments later he added an overhand right hand that that sent him to the floor face first.

“We knew going in that whoever could take the best punch would win,” Rios said afterward. “Tonight I was faster and tougher for the couple of rounds we had. I had power in both hands.”

Antillon said he was never able to recover from the first knockdown. “That left hook caught me on the top of the head and it devastated me,” he said. “I was never the same after the first knock down. Rios punches very hard. I just got caught and I was never able to recover.”

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