Brandon Ríos

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Brandon Ríos
Brandon Rios.jpg
Ríos in 2011
Real nameBrandon Lee Ríos
Nickname(s)Bam Bam
Height5 ft 8 in (173 cm)
Reach68 in (173 cm)
Born (1986-04-29) April 29, 1986 (age 35)
Lubbock, Texas, U.S.[1]
Boxing record
Total fights41
Wins by KO26

Brandon Lee Ríos (born April 29, 1986) is an American professional boxer. He held the WBA lightweight title in 2011 and has challenged once for the WBO welterweight title in 2015. Nicknamed "Bam Bam", Ríos is known for his aggressive pressure fighting style, formidable punching power, and exceptionally durable chin.

Amateur career[edit]

Ríos compiled a stellar amateur record of 230–35. In 2004 he became the U.S. National Amateur Featherweight champion, and was also a United States Olympic alternate at 125 lbs.[2] "When I met Roberto in the Olympic trials in Mississippi, that’s when Roberto came and worked my corner, which it was a bad mistake," Rios said as García laughed. "I should have never done that because my dad was my amateur coach through my whole career. You get used to one person and then you come with another guy and he doesn’t really know you? To me, it kind of messed me up. But then again, I’m glad we met because we exchanged information and he brought me down here."[3]

Professional career[edit]

Ríos (right) with Antonio Margarito, 2011

He is signed to Bob Arum's company Top Rank.[4] On October 17, 2009,[5] Ríos got a TKO victory in the 7th round over Manuel Pérez.[6]

He next fought in a WBA title eliminator against the undefeated contender Anthony Peterson, on a HBO Boxing After Dark card.[7] Rios dropped Peterson to the canvas with a left hand at the end of the fifth round.[8] In the sixth round, a desperate Peterson landed several low blows on Ríos, losing two points in the process.[9] In the seventh round, Peterson landed low blows once again, prompting the referee to stop the bout and award Ríos a disqualification victory.[10] Brandon was leading on all three scorecards before the stoppage.[7] His next fight was the first HBO PPV fight on the undercard of Margarito vs. Pacquiao. Bob Arum stated that if Rios beat Omri Lowther at Cowboys Stadium, Brandon would get a shot to fight against WBC Lightweight Champion Humberto Soto next. Rios won by TKO in the fifth round.[11]

WBA Lightweight Championship[edit]

On February 26, 2011, Rios defeated WBA World Lightweight Champion, Venezuelan Miguel Acosta via a 10th-round TKO, becoming the new WBA regular Lightweight champion.[12]

Ríos vs. Antillon[edit]

Brandon's first title defense saw him face Urbano Antillón, in a bout that was previously expected to take place once before in May 2010. Rios won the fight by TKO in the third round.

Light Welterweight[edit]

Ríos vs. Alvarado I & II[edit]

Rios faced Mike Alvarado at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California on October 13, 2012. Rios was behind on the scorecards until the 6th round where in he hurt Alvarado with a crushing right. Rios was able to stop Alvarado in the 7th as referee Pat Russell stopped the bout at 1:57 of the round.[13] The fight was voted the 2012 Fight of the Year by the Sports Illustrated.[14]

A much anticipated rematch was held on March 30, 2013, at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Nevada. Like the first fight, both came in with a lot of fireworks as they continued to go toe to toe, until Alvarado changed strategy and became a lot more evasive and hard to hit with fancy footwork. Alvarado defeated Rios by unanimous decision with scores of 115–113, 115–113 and 114–113. Top Rank promoter Bob Arum dismissed another rematch and suggested to let the two boxers face other fighters first.[15]


Rios vs. Pacquiao[edit]

Rios and Pacquiao battled for the vacant WBO International Welterweight title on November 23, 2013, at Cotai Arena in Macau. Rios was guaranteed a purse of $3 million for this fight which is the highest of his boxing career. On August 5, Ríos and Pacquiao hit the road on a U.S. tour promoting the fight. Pacquiao won the 12-round match and the WBO International Welterweight title very easily.[16][17] After the fight, Ríos tested positive for methylhexaneamine.[18]

Ríos vs. Alvarado III[edit]

Following a disqualification win over Argentine Diego Chaves, a third fight was announced against old rival, Mike Alvarado. On January 24, 2015, in Alvarado's home town of Denver, Colorado, Rios punished Alvarado for 3 rounds before the referee stopped the fight prior to the start of the fourth.[19]

Ríos vs. Bradley[edit]

On November 7, 2015, Rios battled Timothy Bradley for the WBO Welterweight title at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. He was unsuccessful in doing so, losing every round of the fight in the process before referee Tony Weeks called an end to the bout at 2:48 of the ninth round, marking the first time Ríos had ever been stopped in his professional career.

During the emotional post-fight interview, Rios announced his retirement, stating that although he loved the sport, his body was no longer acting the same and that both weight fluctuations and layoffs were affecting his performances. He has since gone on record to say that he would also like to spend more time with his family and close friends now as well.


Rios made a comeback to the ring against Aaron Herrera on June 11, 2017, with new trainer Ricky Funez, after splitting with longtime trainer Robert García. Rios won by KO in the 7th round.

Personal life[edit]

Brandon married Victoria López in August 2010 and has three children and two from a previous relationship.[20] Ríos gave the names Laila, Mia and Ava to his three daughters, after boxers Mia St. John and Laila Ali. His two sons are named Brandon Jr. and Marcus Antonio respectively, the latter of which is after Mexican World Champion Marco Antonio Barrera.[21]

Ríos's dad is Mexican. Ríos's mom is from Texas, and she is a Native American of the Alabama tribe.[22][23] Ríos said that the eagle tattoo on his chest is to represent both his Mexican and Native American ancestry.[24]

Victor Ortiz feud[edit]

As amateur boxers both Ríos and Victor Ortíz fought out of the same boxing gym in Garden City, Kansas, at the Garden City Boxing Club where they were both trained by Manuel Ríos.[25][26] For a short time Brandon's father trained Ortíz when they both still lived in Kansas. Ortíz would later move to Oxnard to train under Robert García, Ríos also left Kansas after being invited by García to train in Oxnard.[27] In 2009 after an incident involving Brandon, Victor and Victor's younger brother Temo, their relationship became strained.[28] A fight between Ríos and Ortíz has been proposed at a catch weight of 138 lbs or even at 140 lbs, with Ríos stating on numerous occasions that he's gotten the better of Ortíz many times during sparring when they were growing up.[29]

Freddie Roach incident[edit]

In the much anticipated lead up to the Margarito vs. Pacquiao fight at Cowboys Stadium, Ríos made headlines along with Antonio Margarito and Robert García when Elie Seckbach interviewed the three of them and showed the group mocking Manny Pacquiao's trainer Freddie Roach, who has Parkinson's disease. Elie Seckbach made a video response defending Rios and Margarito, and stated that the media misunderstood their gestures. Seckbach stated that they were actually making fun of Freddie Roach's comments where he (Roach) stated that Margarito was going to get knocked out. García explained that Ríos was "joking around", and that Brandon was also unaware that Roach suffers from Parkinson's disease.[30] In the video, Ríos himself explains that their gestures were a response to Roach's trash talking.

Professional boxing record[edit]

Professional record summary
41 fights 35 wins 5 losses
By knockout 26 2
By decision 7 3
By disqualification 2 0
Draws 1
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
41 Loss 35–5–1 Mexico Humberto Soto UD 12 Feb 23, 2019 Mexico Auditorio Fausto Gutierrez Moreno, Tijuana, Mexico
40 Win 35–4–1 Mexico Ramón Álvarez TKO 9 (10), 0:38 Nov 17, 2018 United States Kansas Star Arena, Mulvane, Kansas, U.S.
39 Loss 34–4–1 United States Danny García TKO 9 (12), 2:25 Feb 17, 2018 United States Mandalay Bay Events Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
38 Win 34–3–1 Mexico Aaron Herrera KO 7 (10), 2:11 Jun 11, 2017 United States Pioneer Event Center, Lancaster, California, U.S.
37 Loss 33–3–1 United States Timothy Bradley TKO 9 (12), 2:49 Nov 7, 2015 United States Thomas & Mack Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. For WBO welterweight title
36 Win 33–2–1 United States Mike Alvarado RTD 3 (12), 3:00 Jan 24, 2015 United States 1stBank Center, Broomfield, Colorado, U.S. Won vacant WBO International welterweight title
35 Win 32–2–1 Argentina Diego Chaves DQ 9 (10), 1:26 Aug 2, 2014 United States Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Chaves disqualified for repeated fouls
34 Loss 31–2–1 Philippines Manny Pacquiao UD 12 Nov 24, 2013 Macau Cotai Arena, Macau, SAR For vacant WBO International welterweight title
33 Loss 31–1–1 United States Mike Alvarado UD 12 Mar 30, 2013 United States Mandalay Bay Events Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. For WBO interim junior welterweight title
32 Win 31–0–1 United States Mike Alvarado TKO 7 (10), 1:57 Oct 13, 2012 United States Home Depot Center, Carson, California, U.S. Won vacant WBO Latino junior welterweight title
31 Win 30–0–1 Cuba Richar Abril SD 12 Apr 14, 2012 United States Mandalay Bay Events Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
30 Win 29–0–1 United Kingdom John Murray TKO 11 (12), 2:06 Dec 3, 2011 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.
29 Win 28–0–1 United States Urbano Antillón KO 3 (12), 2:39 Jul 9, 2011 United States Home Depot Center, Carson, California, U.S. Retained WBA (Regular) lightweight title
28 Win 27–0–1 Venezuela Miguel Acosta TKO 10 (12), 1:14 Feb 26, 2011 United States Pearl Concert Theater, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Won WBA (Regular) lightweight title
27 Win 26–0–1 United States Omri Lowther TKO 5 (10), 2:04 Nov 13, 2010 United States Cowboys Stadium, Arlington, Texas, U.S.
26 Win 25–0–1 United States Anthony Peterson DQ 7 (12), 3:00 Sep 11, 2010 United States Pearl Concert Theater, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Peterson disqualified for repeated low blows
25 Win 24–0–1 United States Jorge Teron TKO 3 (10), 1:13 Feb 6, 2010 United States Convention Center, McAllen, Texas, U.S. Won vacant NABF lightweight title
24 Win 23–0–1 United States Lorenzo Estrada TKO 1 (10), 2:06 Nov 6, 2009 United States Convention Center, Garden City, Kansas, U.S.
23 Win 22–0–1 United States Manuel Pérez TKO 7 (10), 1:16 Oct 17, 2009 United States Whataburger Field, Corpus Christi, Texas, U.S.
22 Win 21–0–1 Mexico Daniel Valenzuela KO 2 (8) Sep 12, 2009 Mexico Palenque de la Feria, Tepic, Mexico
21 Win 20–0–1 Mexico Oscar Meza TKO 5 (10), 0:24 May 16, 2009 United States Star of the Desert Arena, Primm, Nevada, U.S.
20 Win 19–0–1 Nicaragua Carlos Guevara KO 5 (10), 1:11 Dec 19, 2008 United States National Western Complex Arena, Denver, Colorado, U.S.
19 Draw 18–0–1 United States Manuel Pérez MD 10 Oct 3, 2008 United States National Western Complex Arena, Denver, Colorado, U.S.
18 Win 18–0 Mexico Sandro Marcos TKO 2 (8), 2:13 Jul 25, 2008 United States The Joint, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
17 Win 17–0 Mexico Ricardo Dominguez SD 10 May 17, 2008 Mexico Plaza de Toros Monumental, Aguascalientes City, Mexico
16 Win 16–0 United States Alvin Brown TKO 2 (8), 1:10 Mar 14, 2008 United States Cicero Stadium, Cicero, Illinois, U.S.
15 Win 15–0 Mexico Carlos Madrid SD 6 May 25, 2007 United States Isleta Resort & Casino, Albuquerque, New Mexico, U.S.
14 Win 14–0 Mexico Humberto Tapia UD 8 Dec 22, 2006 United States Cicero Stadium, Cicero, Illinois, U.S.
13 Win 13–0 United States Elías López UD 6 Oct 13, 2006 United States Palo Duro Golf Club, Nogales, Arizona, U.S.
12 Win 12–0 United States Wayne Fletcher KO 3 (6), 2:28 Sep 8, 2006 United States Gilley's Club, Dallas, Texas, U.S.
11 Win 11–0 Mexico Juan Alfonso Figueroa TKO 6 (8), 2:21 May 5, 2006 United States Activity Center, Maywood, California, U.S.
10 Win 10–0 Mexico Freddy Castro TKO 3 (6), 1:05 Mar 3, 2006 United States Activity Center, Maywood, California, U.S.
9 Win 9–0 Mexico Joel Ortega KO 5 (8), 1:55 Jan 20, 2006 United States Activity Center, Maywood, California, U.S.
8 Win 8–0 Canada Mike Pare UD 4 Nov 25, 2005 United States Santa Ana Star Casino, Bernalillo, New Mexico, U.S.
7 Win 7–0 Mexico Angel Eduardo Mata UD 6 Sep 30, 2005 United States Steven's Steakhouse, Commerce, California, U.S.
6 Win 6–0 United States Jamie Alvarado TKO 1 (4), 2:08 Jul 15, 2005 United States Aragon Ballroom, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
5 Win 5–0 Mexico Ramon Flores TKO 1 (4), 1:18 Jun 18, 2005 United States Activity Center, Maywood, California, U.S.
4 Win 4–0 United States Gerardo Robles TKO 3 (4), 1:11 Jun 3, 2005 United States Performing Arts Center, Oxnard, California, U.S.
3 Win 3–0 United States Ricky Ponce KO 1 (4), 1:14 Jan 28, 2005 United States Performing Arts Center, Oxnard, California, U.S.
2 Win 2–0 United States Abraham Verdugo TKO 2 (4), 1:15 Aug 27, 2004 United States Dodge Theatre, Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.
1 Win 1–0 United States Raul Montes TKO 3 (4), 1:35 Jul 23, 2004 United States Convention Center, Oxnard, California, U.S.


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  22. ^ In a video titled, "boxing star brandon rios proud to be half native american - EsNews Boxing", which was published to YouTube on August 14, 2013, Ríos talked about being part Native American when Ríos said, "I am. Uh, the tribe that my mother is, is uh, Alabama. They're the Alabama tribe, so that's, that's what I am. So, I'm half Alabama." This quote starts at the 1:24 mark of the video, and the quote ends at the 1:32 mark of the video.
  23. ^ In a video titled, "brandon rios on being native american EsNews Boxing", which was published to YouTube on April 14, 2014, Ríos said, "I'm Native, half Native American, half Mexican. My, my dad's a Chihuahua. My mom's from Texas. Well they lived, she really grew up in a Native, fuckin' ranch whatever, Native ranch whatever." A woman in the video then said, "Native, or the reservation", and Ríos responded, "Yeah, reservation...". The woman then asked, "Are you so, do you know anything about being Native American, like your culture?" Ríos responded, "A little, not too much. Uh, I know we're uh, an Ala-, not Al-Apache, fuckin' what were we are?". A man who was off camera answered, "You're the Alabama tribe. I looked it up". Ríos then said, "Alabama, Alabama tribe". The first quote by Ríos starts at the 0:10 mark of the video, and the last quote by Ríos ends at the 0:38 mark of the video.
  24. ^ In a video titled, "Brandon Rios Half Mexican Half Indian Full Warrior", which was published to YouTube on October 14, 2011, Ríos talked about his tattoos when Ríos said, "I have uh, an Indian face, a portrait of an Indian and an eagle on the front of my chest." A man who was off camera asked Ríos, "Why, why an eagle across your chest?" Ríos responded, "Because, it states for, I'm half, I'm half Indian, half Mexican, so it represents both." The first quote by Ríos starts at the 0:21 mark of the video, and the second quote by Ríos ends at the 0:36 mark of the video.
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Sporting positions
Amateur boxing titles
Aaron Garcia
U.S. featherweight champion
Mark Davis
Regional boxing titles
Title last held by
Martin Honorio
NABF lightweight champion
February 6, 2010 – September 2010
Title next held by
Hank Lundy
Title last held by
Mike Dallas, Jr
WBO Latino
junior welterweight champion

October 13, 2012 – March 30, 2013
Lost bid for interim world title
Title next held by
César Cuenca
Title last held by
Juan Manuel Márquez
WBO International
welterweight champion

January 24, 2015 – November 7, 2015
Lost bid for world title
Title next held by
Manny Pacquiao
World boxing titles
Title last held by
Miguel Acosta
WBA lightweight champion
Regular title

February 26, 2011 – December 2, 2011
Title next held by
Richar Abril