This is going to be a war. Miguel Acosta (28-3-2 with 22 KOs) vs. Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios (260-1 with 19 KOs) for some lightweight belt. This is not a easy fight or a fight for a vacant bullshit title. This is a fight between two guys who know how to throw and will do it all night long. I can’t wait.
When you look at Bam Bam, he is like a better version of Urbano Antillon who Acosta worked over in July of 2009 to the surprise of everyone.
I’m wondering why Top Rank went back to this well. Maybe they know something we don’t. Me? I know what I saw when Acosta worked over Paulus Moses in six rounds in Namibia last year. This is a guy who box and brawl, who has power to spare and knows how to deliver it from distant with a right hand or in close with an uppercut. He’s big, strong, and at 32, fully mature fighter who is peaking at the right time.
Rios is an underrated boxer but he forgets to jab coming in, loves a brawl too much.
I think this will work against him. Bam Bam has to be very disciplined. He has to jab twice coming in and not stay on the inside too long after landing. One thing Rios has going for him is he is very accurate. He in unnaturally so like he showed with Omri Lowther; even though he was out of shape eh showed he can hit you from anywhere with accuracy. With Acosta, he has to be careful, measured and patient.
Problem is, he isn’t.
I think Acosta works over Rios in a war and his strength and experience takes over late. Acosta by late rounds stoppage.