Observers were split by their opinions of who was winning Brandon Rios-Diego Chaves at the time of the DQ, but all agreed that the Las Vegas judges’ scores for Jessie Vargas-Anton Novikov didn’t reflect reality.
Argentine welterweight standout Diego Chaves and Bob Arum spoke to intrepid interviewer Radio Rahim about Chaves’ controversial disqualification loss to Brandon Rios. Members of the Nevada State Athletic Commission also commented on behalf of referee Vic Drakulich.
Brandon Rios-Diego Chaves was a foul-fest, to be sure, but the timing for points deducted and the ambiguous reasons for doing so indicate a referee who had lost his grip on the fight.
There were some flashes of Brandon Rios’ old form against Diego Chavez, but it was difficult to see how much he’s come back from his recent losses. Instead, much of the attention was on referee Vic Drakulich, who disqualified Chaves.
Brandon Rios rebounded from back-to-back losses with a victory over Diego Chaves on Saturday in but it wasn’t a satisfying victory for him or fans who watched the bout on HBO. Chaves was disqualified by referee Vic Drakulich in Round 9 for repeated fouls.
Diego Chaves did not arrive to Las Vegas, Nev., where he will fight Brandon Rios on Saturday, from his native Argentina until Wednesday of this week due to visa issues, but the formidable welterweight says he’s rested and ready to wage war with the rugged American.
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Brandon Rios seeks to regain the confidence he had prior to suffering back-to-back losses to Mike Alvarado and Manny Pacquiao last year when he faces Diego Chaves on Saturday on HBO. Rios is recharged and ready but Chaves, as hardcore fans know, is no joke.
His opponent still hasn’t made it to U.S. soil, but on Thursday Brandon Rios held court from the podium for the final time before Saturday’s matchup with Diego Chaves. Photos by Chris Farina/Top Rank.
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Brandon Rios is all smiles now that Saturday’s bout against Diego Chaves is going ahead as planned. He worked out for the cameras on Wednesday along with Jessie Vargas, Anton Novikov, Jose Ramirez and Shane Mosley Jr. Photos by Chris Farina/Top Rank.
Diego Chaves’ visa has been cleared for travel and the once-beaten welterweight from Argentina will be able to face Brandon Rios on Saturday in Las Vegas, Nev., the promoter of the HBO-televised fight, Top Rank, announced on Wednesday.
Diego Chaves is still stranded in Argentina because of visa issues and a replacement is standing by for Saturday’s welterweight matchup with Brandon Rios, says promoter Bob Arum.
In Lem Satterfield’s latest notebook, we get further details on why this weekend’s bout between Brandon Rios and Diego Chaves is in jeopardy.