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Photos: Miguel Acosta Sparring For Brandon Rios Bout

By Hilmar Rojas

The lightweight champion, the World Boxing Association, the Venezuela Miguel "Aguacerito" Acosta, met late Wednesday with a session of ten rounds of sparring as part of the reopening of the Gimnasio Mocho Navas in Petare, Venezuela. Acosta will make his first defense of the black and gold belt on February 26 in Las Vegas, when he takes on Brandon "Bam Bam" Rios.

As part of hiss preparation, the Venezuelan bundled up with a number of professionals - Fernando Angulo, Jaider Parra, Alfonso Perez, Marco Antonio Avendaño and Frank "Gocho" Rojas - two rounds each and three minutes each.

Acosta said: "I'm comfortable with the work we have done and we've had a great preparation. I feel good about the movement and the speed that I've achieved with my hands. Today I was with boxers of lesser and greater weight, left-handed and right-handed, and I saw everything. I did well. "

Acosta, under the supervision of his coach Orangel "Memin" Ramos and his manager, Oscar Acosta, was working on speed and strength in each of the round. Furthermore, the cardiovascular, respiratory and resilience of the champion was evaluated by the team.

"He did well with the way he dodged the punches and stepped to the side, though he wanted to more sparring partners that were different, some who went forward, some more stylists, weights that were large and small, fast and slow," said Ramos.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Eaner0919 on 02-03-2011

Acosta is going to be one tough cookie to crack

Comment by ViciousVic on 02-03-2011

[QUOTE=feroth;10052475]What do you mean by better or more suitable than Soto? I personally think Soto knocks Rios out in 10 or 11 rounds but I do think Acosta is gonna give Rios an even fight. If he goes to the…

Comment by feroth on 02-03-2011

[QUOTE=ViciousVic;10052370]I always thought Acosta was a more suitable and better opponent then Soto thats why im high on this fight. I think Acosta will give Rios trouble early on but Rios should run over him in the later rounds when…

Comment by ViciousVic on 02-03-2011

I always thought Acosta was a more suitable and better opponent then Soto thats why im high on this fight. I think Acosta will give Rios trouble early on but Rios should run over him in the later rounds when…

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