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Under Pressure: A Margarito , Angulo, and Rios Comparison



Okay, so about 3 years ago, Antonio Margarito ("The Tijuana Tornado") was running over opponents and on an almost 11 fight KO streak against top notch opponents.  Then the unthinkable happened: before and after the Mosley fight in January of 2009- when Margarito was on top of the world after beating Cotto and the #1 Welterweight and superstar in boxing- we find out that he may have attempted to load up his gloves in this fight and maybe previous fights.  On top of that Mosley gives him the whooping of his life with a career reviving performance.  That kind of thrashing and controversy pretty much sealed Margarito career or at least his superstar status.  Along the way we hear about another up and coming prospect named Alfredo Angulo who has also been mauling through opponents with his pressure and rough style a la Margarito at a higher weight class.  We hear that they've been having legendary sparring sessions with each other and are pretty cut from the same cloth.  In 2010 I had a prediction that Timothy Bradley, Andre Ward, Victor Ortiz,  Alfredo Angulo, and perhaps Juanma Lopez were the future of boxing and the future P4P fighters in 2-3 years.  I believe my list was a little longer, but we know what happened with some of those guys now.  I thought Victor was going to be the second coming of Cotto except instead of a killer left hook he'd have power in both hands and is quicker.  How wrong I was!  But staying to the point: here comes Brandon Rios- a fighter I've only heard about in the Pacquiao Margarito buildup.  Brandon Rios was the same way as the two other fighters: towering over his opponents, builds endless pressure, has a lot of endurance, and breaks down his opponents with body shots and has a helluva heart/chin.  Also, Brandon Rios was on the "B side" of Victor Ortiz- always calling him out, talking trash about the future champion, and "trying to make a name out of himself."  Little do we know between him and Ortiz he was the first to secure a World Title and to beat top notch opponents.  Brandon Rios has slightly better defense than Margarito: he doesn't slip or bob and weave or move his head a lot but he blocks shots with his gloves and peek-a-boo like stance.  He has good timing and throws hard shots and combinations.  His punches are straighter than Margarito.  Also, we found he can handle some of the best boxers in the world and break them down.  Between the three, Rios seemed to have excelled the furthest despite what some people feel are a limited style or a style that equals to a short career.  Also, for some fighters a straightforward pressure fighter is made to order for some styles and boxers or a style that can be easily exposed.  Only time will tell, but we have a LOADED 135 lb.  division now (remember when 147 was once the hot division [ahem Floyd Mayweather], then 126 [ahem Juanma Lopez], then 118).  Now we have 135.  Look at the division:  Linares, Katsidis, Marquez (maybe), possibly Gamboa, DeMarco, Acosta, Ricky Burns, Rios, Antillon.  I'm sure I'm missing a few names, but Brandon Rios is now in the hottest division in boxing and edging towards the peak of his career.  Perhaps he can accomplish what neither Margarito and Angulo could accomplish.  I am waiting in anticipation!

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