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Rios beats Acosta, but isn’t ready for Juan Manuel Marquez or Humberto Soto

Brandon RiosBy Dan Ambrose: Photo credit Tom Casino/Showtime – Brandon Rios (27-0-1, 20 KO’s) did what he had to do to wear down a constantly moving WBA lightweight champion Miguel Acosta (28-4-2, 22 KO’s) on Saturday night, knocking Acosta down three times to get a 10th round stoppage win at the Palms Casino Resort, Las Vegas, Nevada.

It was a good win for Rios, especially because he was really getting served up in the first half of the fight and looked totally outclassed by Acosta during that part of the fight. But let’s be real here: Rios isn’t ready for Juan Manuel Marquez or Humberto Soto. Those guys are a class above Acosta and Rios, and I can see nothing good coming for Rios if he steps it up and tries facing one or both of them.

While Acosta couldn’t handle Rios’ pressure and ended up handing the fight to him by running constantly and running out of gas, Marquez would easily pick off Rios and would stand his ground. Marquez wouldn’t waste any energy by running. He’s stand with his back against the ropes, calmly picking off Rios with shot after shot. It would be sickening the way that Marquez would beat Rios. The same goes for Soto, but at a lesser extent.

Marquez does good against fighters that plod forward the way that Rios does. It would be an easy fight for Marquez. I doubt this fight can be made, because Rios is still not popular enough for Marquez to waste his time with. But Soto-Rios is definitely a doable fight, as long as Soto beats Urbano Antillon in their rematch on May 7th.

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