Miguel Acosta vs. Brandon Rios
2011-02-26 : Brandon Rios 134½ lbs beat Miguel Acosta 134½ lbs by TKO at 1:14 in round 10 of 12
- Location: Palms Casino Resort, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
- Referee: Joe Cortez
- Judge: Adalaide Byrd 86-83
- Judge: Richard Houck 86-83
- Judge: C.J. Ross 86-83
- World Boxing Association World Lightweight Title (1st defense by Acosta)
- Miguel Acosta 28-3-2 (22 KOs) vs. Brandon Rios 26-0-1 (19 KOs)
- Acosta, a near 2-1 underdog , entered ranked as the # 2 lightweight in the world according to The Ring Magazine. He was behind super-champion Juan Manuel Marquez. Rios, eight years younger than his opponent, was ranked as the # 6 lightweight in the world by the same publication.
- For Acosta, it was his first professional bout in Las Vegas, Nevada and only his second bout in the United States. Rios, who was making his 4th appearance in Las Vegas, was returning to the same venue where he dominated then-undefeated Anthony Peterson just five months earlier.
- ESPN's Dan Rafael had the bout 85-84 in favor of Rios following the 9th.
- Press row scores: Steve Kim: 85-84 for Rios, Rick Reeno: 85-84 for Acosta, Elie Seckbach: 88-82 for Rios
Acosta opened this high-action bout working behind the jab and looking to keep Rios at a distance. He found success with the overhand right. Rios came forward looking to land the big punches. Round 3 saw Rios begin to land more frequently, but he too began to take more punches. A flurry near the end of the round capped with a right hand caught Rios and, despite a smile, appeared to hurt him. Acosta turned to the aggressor in Round 4 and found success both upstairs and to the body especially early in the round. Rios had a better round in the 5th, and began to land. In Round 6, a left hand to the body followed by a short jab caught Acosta, as he was backed against the ropes, flush on the chin and sent him down. He was able to make it to his feet, but would go on to take some big punches from Rios. Acosta appeared to have regained himself in the 7th and was again able to use his movement to slip many of Rios's punches while landing from a distance. A glancing left hand in Round 8 caught Acosta as he was attempting to slip out of the corner and sent him down for the second time in the bout. A memorable Round 9 brought the fans to their feet as Acosta, with his back against the ropes, and a pressing Rios exchanged throughout. A Rios' combination in Round 10 highlighted by three right hands connected as Acosta was slumped into the corner and sent him down and out. At the knockdown, Acosta's corner immediately came up on the ring apron and the bout was stopped. In the post-fight interview, Acosta indicated that he felt dizzy following the 1st knockdown and never was able to recover. It was later reported that he was taken from the locker room by stretcher. Too it was found that Rios had broken a bone in his hand in the 8th Round that would require a cast and keep him sidelined for some time.