Month: February 2011

27 Feb

gigantic gallery: rios vs. acosta

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Wham, ‘Bam Bam’, thank you, ma’am: Gigantic gallery from last night’s Top Rank card at the Palms in Las Vegas – Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios dethrones Miguel Acosta, Mike Lee, Jesse Magdaleno, Aaron Garcia, Andy Ruiz, Robert Marroquin, Anthony Lenk, and more . . . |more|

27 Feb

Top shots: “bam bam” makes rubble of acosta

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Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios celebrates victory over Miguel Acosta to win the WBA world lightweight title, last night at the Palms Casino in Las Vegas. Rios weathered a tough first few rounds but wore Acosta down by the tenth. Also below: Mike Lee sends the mouthpiece flying out of his opponent’s mouth on the undercard.

26 Feb

new maturity level for rios

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After trading theatrics following a lengthy staredown (below), challenger Brandon “Whack Whack” Rios proceeded to show WBA Lightweight Champ Miguel Costa how he pleasures himself – not once, but twice – bringing a sudden stillness to the cheering crowd at yesterday’s weigh-in held at the Palms in Las Vegas.


23 Feb

acosta, rios work out in vegas

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Alright, so when a promoter calls the media in to watch a “workout,” it doesn’t mean a fighter is actually going to work out. In fact, you’ll be lucky to get someone shadowbox a round. And that’s exactly what Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios did today. In his schoolboy sweater, he obliged the press to shadowbox a measly round, then spent the remaining time, goofing off.

That is, until Miguel Acosta showed up. Once someone made the suggestion to pose the two together, Rios was splitsville.

Acosta, on the hand, cranked up the South American beats and shadowboxed half a dozen rounds, giving the media at least a clue on how his movement is going to mystify Rios on Saturday.

Undercard fighters Mike Lee and Jesse Magdaleno also gave the media plenty of photo ops. Lee shadowboxed and Magdaleno was the only fighter of the day who dared hit the mitts.

The bonus of the day was newly-crowned bantam king Nonito Donaire, who showed up to goof off with stablemate Rios, and talk about his knockout of Fernando Montiel last weekend on the Top Rank bill at Mandalay Bay. “I still don’t know he was able to get up,” Donaire said of Montiel.


20 Feb

postfight coverage from vegas

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The heir appears Donaire: The punch that knocked out Vic Darchinyan in 2007, launching Nonito Donaire into stardom might’ve been “pretty sweet,” according to the “Filipino Flash.” But the shot that leveled Mexican legend Fernando Montiel, last night at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, crowning Donaire king of bantamweights and launching the Filipino on the path to super-stardom? “Now that punch,” says Donaire, “had to be the No. 1 punch of my career.” . . . |more|

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Arum: ‘Take the Philly Challenge!’ : “Fight real fighters – not busboys!” Not quite as vicious as Nonito Donaire’s kayo punch of Fernando Montiel, but certainly as relentless as Jesus Soto-Karass was against Mike Jones last night was Top Rank promoter Bob Arum, who let loose with a volley of barbs on Golden Boy, Victor Ortiz and Andre Berto . . . |more|

18 Feb

montiel, donaire weigh in

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“It starts at 3.” “No, it’s at 4.” “We’re gonna start any minute.” “No, they have to do physicals – it won’t be until four, earliest.” “We’re starting right now.”

That’s what press row was hearing,before Fernando Montiel stepped on the scales to weigh in at 118 at around 3:15 p.m. today. A half-hour earlier, Nonito Donaire had tipped the beam one pound over the 118-pound limit – unofficially. When he got back on, at 3:18 or so, he was right on target, at 118. That was the extent of the drama, at least in the main event.

In the co-main, Jesus Soto-Karass and Mike Jones, 147 and 146, respectively, had a testy moment while they posed off for photographers, exchanging fists under one another’s fists. The rest of the stop-and-go weigh-in went off without an ounce of drama. For more photos, click here.

16 Feb

jones pumped & ready

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Looking more like a light-heavyweight than a welterweight, Mike Jones worked gave the media a workout today at the Top Rank Gym in Las Vegas. Pumped and psyched for Saturday, Jones says he is ready for his rematch with Jesus Soto-Karass.

13 Feb

FANtasy match-up in vegas

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Funny how things change.

When the fight between Manny Pacquiao and “Sugar” Shane Mosley was announced, most media folk groaned. Mosley – who’d drawn with (another groan) Sergio Mora and lost to Floyd Mayweather, last year, was getting a shot at the No. 1 fighter in the world?

The fans didn’t seem to care. Neither did Top Rank. It certainly didn’t effect tickets, which sold out like a UFC event. After the landmark switch from HBO to Showtime and the added bonus of primetime network coverage on CBS was announced, the grumbling in the trenches came to a halt . . . |more|

12 Feb

fight coverage in el paso 2.11.11

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Easy pickings: ‘Nino’ licks Hicks; Snooze button goes off on ‘Junior Time’s’ clock: Instead of a homecoming theme, last night’s fight card at the Don Haskins Center in El Paso, headlining the return of unbeaten, untested heavyweight David “Nino” Rodriguez, might’ve been better served with a theme of “Promises, promises, promises.” For several reasons . . . |more|