We got the action we were guaranteed tonight in the Showtime main event, as Brandon Rios and Urbano Antillon tore into one another for two rounds before Rios floored Antillon twice in the third round and eventually stopped him near the end of the frame, retaining his lightweight trinket and staying unbeaten in an all-action war in Carson, California.
Rios (28-0-1, 21 KO) just appeared to have more thudding power than Antillon (28-3, 20 KO), and took the first two rounds, which were back-and-forth wars. The first round was up there for Round of the Year, as the two men had a seesaw battle of snapping heads back in the phone booth. You had to know after one round that it couldn't last, and it obviously could not.
All in all, I think the fight played out like most expected: Toe-to-toe battle, hard shots from both men, and Rios simply being younger, fresher, and stronger. That was the story of the fight. They fight just about the same, and Brandon Rios is just better at it than Urbano Antillon.
But what a fight they gave us while it lasted. If anyone's disappointed, I don't know what to tell them. Outside of Hagler vs Hearns, you can't ask for more action in three rounds.
As for what's next, Antillon should never have trouble finding a TV fight. Ever. He's too exciting. Rios is unfortunately interested in a fight with washed up Marco Antonio Barrera, which I can't see as anything more than a slaughter at this point. It's just not an interesting fight. What would be interesting, in my opinion, is a fight with spoiler and fellow titlist Miguel Vazquez, as those two are the best lightweights in the division now that Marquez, Soto and Guerrero are moving up. And it's an intriguing clash of styles, too.