Rios Wins as Chaves is Disqualified
The fans expected action, but not the kind that ended the bout.
Not the Win He Wanted
Former Lightweight champion Brandon Rios defeated Diego Chaves via 9th round disqualification after referee Vic Drakulich “had enough” of the fouled-up fight at the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas, Nevada on Saturday.
The bout actually lived up to its billing in the first round when both fighters delivered fireworks in a two-way gun battle. But the bout slowly developed into a foul-laden contest as there were several warnings given and a total of three points deducted, two of which were from Chaves.
Rios (32-2-1 with 23 knockouts) later said that this was “not the win that he expected” and that he was hoping to prove that “he was still there”, in obvious reference to the beating he took from Manny Pacquiao last November and the subsequent drug related suspension that he served before this bout. Rios added that he knew Chaves( 23-2-1 with 19 knockouts) had the power and skill but he “fought dirty.”
The fight almost didn’t happen when the Argentinian had troubles with his visa. Fortunately, Top Rank got a big lift from US Senator Harry Reid who assisted them in securing Chaves’s visa so the fight would push thru.
Chaves came into the fight with the reputation of being a reckless gunslinger like Rios, and he was also a former interim welterweight title who was defeated by Keith Thurman. But he never showed his real stuff in the ring on Saturday night. Instead, he was deducted a point in Round 3 for excessive holding, while Rios evened up the deductions with his own in Round 5 after he tackled Chaves to the canvass.
After several head butt warnings to both fighters, Chaves once again was deducted a point in round 8 for “blatantly pushing his glove into Rios’ face.” In the ninth, Drakulich had seen enough of the dirty fight following a takedown of Rios which was initiated by Chaves. Drakulich officially halted the fight at 1:26 of round 9 and declared Rios as the victor.
Didn’t Understand Why
Interestingly, Chaves was up by one point in two of the three judges’ scorecards when the stoppage was made. He was surprised when the bout was halted and told the media after the bout that “he did not understand why the fight was stopped.” Both Chaves and Rios also told reporters in the post-fight interviews that referee Vic Drakulich “did not properly communicate to them why the point deductions were made.”
But a win is a win for Rios who is hoping to regain the top form which won him the WBA lightweight title in 2011. He will need another tune-up bout to show that he still belongs to the elite as his performance on Saturday didn’t really prove anything.
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