Soto Defeats Rios In Slugfest

Brandon Rios and Humberto Soto entered the fight as two old, past-their-prime fighters, but they put on an entertaining fight in Tijuana, Mexico.

But it was the 38-year-old Soto who came out on top with a unanimous decision victory (118-112, 118-112, 119-111), picking up his 69th career victory. The fight headlined a Matchroom Boxing USA in the company’s first event taking place in Mexico.

The two fighters traded bombs throughout the 12 rounds, landing seemingly every punch that they could throw. The 32-year-old Rios, a former lightweight world champion, came into the fight nearly five pounds heavier than Soto, but was outboxed by his older rival. Rios looked to be the somewhat busier fighter, but neither man had the clear upper hand despite what the scorecards may indicate.

Although gone are the days of Soto being considered an elite fighter, having once held the WBC lightweight and super featherweight titles, he has only lost three fights since the start of 2008. That 11-year span has Soto with an impressive 27-3 record and is currently on a three-fight win streak.

As for Rios, he has alternated wins and losses in his last six fights dating all the way back to 2015. During that time, Rios suffered stoppage losses to Timothy Bradley Jr. and Danny Garcia.

Matchroom Boxing USA: Rios vs. Soto Results:

Humberto Soto defeated Brandon Rios by unanimous decision (118-112, 118-112, 119-111)

Hector Tanajara defeated Ivan Delgado by technical decision (40-36, 40-36, 40-36) to win the WBC USNBC Lightweight title

Joselito Velazquez defeated Kevin Villanueva by TKO, round 5, 1:46

Sulem Urbina defeated Judith Rodriguez by unanimous decision (59-55, 60-54, 60-54)

Alexis Espino defeated Victor Abrego by KO, round 2, 1:40

Diego Pacheco defeated Alberto Aguilar by unanimous decision (40-36, 40-36, 40-36)

Shakhram Giyasov defeated Edgar Puerta by TKO, round 5

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