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Rios will lose to Acosta tonight

By Dan Ambrose: WBA World lightweight champion Miguel Acosta (28-3-2, 22 KO’s) is moments away from defending his title against number #1 challenger Brandon Rios (26-0-1, 19 KO’s) at the Palms Resort, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Rios has earned a shot at the title by beating the likes of Anthony Peterson, Omri Lowther and Jorge Luis Teron. Rios may get a shot tonight at the title, but he’s not going to win the fight.

Acosta is much too skilled and talented for the limited Rios and I see him getting badly spanked in front of the boxing world. Acosta is a fighter that can do it – punch, move, defend and throw with speed. He’s on another level completely compared to Rios and is now in the prime of his career. Rios looks to be a few years away from being at best. This is the wrong time for Rios. He’s got some good skills, but Rios is just too much of a plodder to win this fight.

Here’s how this fight is going to go: Rios is going to pressure Acosta for much of the fight looking to land his hooks to the body and head. However, Acosta is going to be a moving target, and will keep out of range of Rios. At the same time, Acosta will nail Rios with shots while on the move, hammering him to the head over and over again. It’s going to be like a teacher beating up a naughty pupil. Rios is going to end up looking silly in the beating he takes from Acosta. It’s going to get out of hand early and only get worse for Rios as the rounds go on. Finally, the end will come around the 6th, when Rios’ face is bleeding and he’s looking spent. The referee will then step in and halt the one-way slaughter.

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