In what should be an interesting battle in the lightweight division, Venezuela’s Miguel Acosta (28-3-2, 22 KOs) will meet Brandon Rios (26-0-1, 19 KOs) at the Palms Casino Resort, February 26th, in Las Vegas.
The 24-year old Rios is coming off a breakthrough year in 2010 with wins inside the distance over fellow prospect, Anthony Peterson, as well as Jorge Luis Teron and Omri Lowther. He was initially pegged to be challenging for Humberto Soto’s WBC lightweight title, but scheduling issues and the possibility of a Soto rematch with Urbano Antillon have pushed plans back.
Acosta, 32, is a crafty boxer-puncher, undefeated since 2003, who boasts recent stoppage wins over Urbano Antillon and Paulus Moses.
Acosta is also considered by the WBA to be a world lightweight champion. However, as long as Juan Manuel Marquez continues to hold his designation as WBA “super” champion, it is The Boxing Tribune’s policy to not acknowledge Acosta as anything other than a top contender.