“This is my third opportunity for the world title,” said Urbano Antillon who is scheduled to challenge Brandon Rios for WBA lightweight belt on July 9th at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California:” And yes, we are more ready than ever and we are going to do it.” The grudge match between two hot Southern California fighters will be televised live by Showtime Championship Boxing.
They were originally scheduled to face one another last year before Brandon Rios became a champion.” He supposedly got cut in the ring about a week and a half before the fight. So it didn’t happen,” explained Antillon, 28:” That’s the story.”
Known for his no nonsense come forward, aggressive style of fighting, Urbano Antillon has learned his craft participating in legendary gym wars at the Maywood Boxing Club. Among his sparring partners are such ring greats as late Edwin Valero and current pound for pound king, Manny Pacquiao.
Urbano got his first shot at a title in July of 2009 when he went to Mexico to face little known, but well versed in the art of sweet science champion from Venezuela, Miguel Acosta. despite being under the weather and eating a lot of leather early, Urbano got into the fight in the middle round doing what he does best, going to the body. And just when it looked like Antillon’s body punches were starting to pay dividends, he got knocked out with a vicious uppercut in the ninth.
Urbano took it hard. He left Maywood Boxing Club and his old trainer, Rudy Hernandez and asked a well regarded Abel Sanchez to help him to get to the next level. Antillon had to wait till December of 2010 for his second shot at the lightweight crown. This time it was a shot at experienced WBC champion from Mexico, Humberto Soto. In a highly contested war that could go either way Urbano Antillon fell short of his goal in a fight that was considered a fight of the year by many pundits. Would the third time be a charm for Antillon?