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20 NOVEMBER 2018


Rios Stops Antillon in Thriller, Molina Dominates Rusty Cintron

pics Tom Casino
pics Tom Casino

Undefeated WBA lightweight world champion Brandon Rios engaged Urbano Antillon in three magnificently exciting rounds on Saturday night, before stopping the challenger in the third round at The Home Depot Center in Carson, California, USA.

This contest, one of the most anticipated championship fights of the summer, lasted only three rounds but delivered to the max. Rios 28-0-1 (20) and Antillon 28-3 (20) came out swinging and battered each other fiercely in equal measures until the champion connected with a short hook early in the third.

Wounded, but fighting back, it looked like Antillon would make it out of the round but after stumbling around the ring in a defenseless fashion after a second knockdown, referee David Mendoza wisely stopped the fight.

Both fighters landed big punches from the opening bell, Antillon focusing on the body while Rios connected with several hooks upstairs. The champion came on strong in the final half of the round landing a series of big uppercuts and combinations. Antillon, however, surged back with a huge body assault in the final seconds, before the champion slung a big right hand to cap off a wildly exciting round.

They fought at close distance throughout the second round and blasted each other with powerful punches to the head and body. They answered each other shot for shot for the entire three minutes, slinging their fists from short range with Rios starting slightly stronger with big uppercuts, an evenly fought middle portion, and Antillon ending stronger.

A short right hook from Rios dropped the challenger at the beginning of the third. Antillon got up but was clearly fuzzy and was viciously set upon by the champion. To his credit, with his back against the ropes and taking a slew of punches, the wounded fighter fought back with some heavy shots of his own. Another right hook with 40 seconds remaining sent Antillon to the deck for the second time, however, and this time he was in serious trouble.

He got up again and held Rios in an attempt to survive until the bell. Mendoza broke the fighters apart and, with Antillon staggering across the ring, the referee waved the contest off before Rios could do any further damage.

Time of stoppage. 2:49 RD3

Undercard Report

Gritty junior welterweight contender Carlos Molina dominated out-of-sorts former 147lb world champion Kermit Cintron, who was returning to the ring after a 14-month absence, over ten rounds.

The opening rounds were extremely close with Molina 19-4-2 (6) slightly out-working Cintron 32-4-1 (28) on the inside. Both guys landed clean shots in the second and third upstairs but the rangier former champion was having trouble establishing his jab or his powerful right hand in the early going.

An aggressive Molina cracked away at his opponent’s body well in the fourth and fifth and caught Cintron with a solid straight right hand midway through the fifth. He thumped Cintron against the ropes in the final minute bloodying his nose with a fine uppercut and finding nothing in response to hinder his onslaught, he dominated the remainder of the frame.

Throughout the middle rounds, Cintron was just unable to find a home for his right hand and was throwing single punches while Molina jumped forward and pocketed rounds with his hands in constant action.

The few right hands that Cintron managed to pepper in to the proceedings were not effective and he found himself in trouble again late in the eighth and ninth as Molina blasted him to the body and head against the ropes.

Well ahead on the scorecards, Molina continued to press forward in the tenth; pushing Cintron back and cementing a career best victory.

Scores: 98-92; 98-92; 98-92

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July 9, 2011
Rios and Antillon go toe to toe
Rios and Antillon go toe to toe
Molina defeated Cintron
Molina defeated Cintron
Molina connects with a right hand
Molina connects with a right hand

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