Rios (27-0-1, 19 KOs), a native of Lubbock, Tex., now fights out of Oxnard, Calif. Arguably the division's most exciting fighter, he returns to the ring on the heels of his biggest professional victory, a 10th round TKO of defending champion Miguel Acosta, on February 26, to capture the WBA lightweight title. An all-action fan-friendly fighter, Rios, who is trained by former IBF junior lightweight champion Robert Garcia, possesses a self-described "throwback" style and a warrior's mentality that screams excitement as proven by the fact that eight of his previous nine victories have been by knockout. Highlights of that streak include victories, all inside the distance, over Acosta (28-3-2), Anthony Peterson (30-0), Jorge Teron (23-1-1) and Omri Lowther (14-2), who had a combined record of 95-6-3 when they were defeated by Rios.
Antillon (28-2, 20 KOs), of Maywood, Calif., has given sensational performances in recent fights, most notably his last one, against World Boxing Council lightweight champion Humberto Soto last December, the consensus "Fight of the Year." Though he lost to Soto by one point on two of the judges' cards due to a controversial point deduction by the referee, Antillon emerged from that fight a certified world-class contender. Trained by Abel Sanchez, 10 of Antillon's last 11 victories have been by knockout. Notable scalps hanging from Antillon's belt include Rene Gonzalez (27-1-1), Tyrone Harris (23-4), former world title challenger Daniel Attah (24-4-1), and Bobby Pacquiao (28-13-3), the younger brother of Filipino icon Manny Pacquiao.
Promoted by Top Rank, tickets for The Home Depot Center's Rios vs. Antillon World Lightweight Championship fight card, priced at $125, $75, $50 and $25, go on sale Next Tuesday! May 31 at 10 a.m. PT. They can be purchased at all Ticketmaster outlets and online at www.Ticketmaster.com as well as The Home Depot Center Box Office (open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.). Suites are available by calling 1-877-604-8777.
Most media outlets see this title fight as a great match up that is going to produce fireworks.
"I'm personally looking forward to seeing this fight because I love an all-action fight. I personally predict that when all is said and done and we're sitting around discussing fights of the year, this fight will be right up there as one of the candidates as 2011 Fight of the Year."