Ríos in 2011
|Real name||Brandon Lee Ríos|
|Height||5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)|
|Reach||70 in (178 cm)|
April 29, 1986 |
Lubbock, Texas, U.S.
|Wins by KO||24|
Brandon Lee Ríos (born April 29, 1986) is an American former professional boxer, who last fought in the welterweight division. He held the WBA lightweight title and was trained by former world champion Robert García. Known for his come forward, aggressive style that coupled brawling and swarming, Rios had an iron chin and good punching power.
- 1 Amateur career
- 2 Professional career
- 3 Professional boxing record
- 4 Personal life
- 5 See also
- 6 References
- 7 External links
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. "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."
He next fought in a WBA title eliminator against the undefeated contender Anthony Peterson, on a HBO Boxing After Dark card. Rios dropped Peterson to the canvas with a left hand at the end of the fifth round. In the sixth round, a desperate Peterson landed several low blows on Ríos, losing two points in the process. In the seventh round, Peterson landed low blows once again, prompting the referee to stop the bout and award Ríos a disqualification victory. Brandon was leading on all three scorecards before the stoppage. 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 in Cowboys Stadium, Brandon would get a shot to fight against WBC Lightweight Champion Humberto Soto next. Ríos won by T.K.O. in the fifth round.
WBA Lightweight Championship
Ríos vs. Antillon
In his first title defense Brandon faced title contender Urbano Antillón, this matchup was scheduled to take place once before in May 2010. This bout was the second time Ríos headlined a Showtime Championship Boxing card and was held at the Home Depot Center, in Carson, California.
Ríos vs. Alvarado I & II
Rios faced Mike Alvarado at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California on October 13. 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. The fight was voted the 2012 Fight of the Year by the Sports Illustrated.
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.
Pacquiao vs. Ríos
Rios and Pacquiao battled for the vacant WBO International Welterweight title on November 23, 2013, at The Venetian Macao resort & hotel in Macau of the Special administrative regions in China against Ring No. 4 ranked Welterweight, Ring No. 7 ranked pound for pound and former WBO Welterweight Champion Manny Pacquiao. 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. After the fight, Ríos tested positive for methylhexaneamine.
Ríos vs. Alvarado III
Following a DQ win over Argentine Diego Chaves, a third fight was announced against old rival, Mike Alvarado. On Jan 24th, 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.
Bradley vs. Ríos
In what would ultimately turn out to be his last fight, Rios battled Timothy Bradley for the WBO Welterweight title on November 7, 2015 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 (and, as it stands only) 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 the weight fluctuation and layoff was effecting his performances and he would now like to spend more time with his family and close friends.
Professional boxing record
|33 Wins (24 Knockouts, 7 decisions, 2 Disqualifications), 3 Losses (1 knockout, 2 decisions), 1 Draw|
|Loss||33–3–1||Timothy Bradley||TKO||9 (12), 2:48||2015-11-07||Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas, Nevada||For WBO Welterweight title.|
|Win||33–2–1||Mike Alvarado||TKO||3 (12), 3:00||2015-01-24||1stBank Center, Broomfield, Colorado||For vacant WBO International Welterweight title.|
|Win||32–2–1||Diego Gabriel Chaves||DQ||9 (10), 1:26||2014-08-02||Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Las Vegas, Nevada||Chaves disqualified for repeated holding.|
|Loss||31–2–1||Manny Pacquiao||UD||12||2013-11-24||The Venetian Macao, Macau, SAR||For vacant WBO International Welterweight title.|
|Loss||31–1–1||Mike Alvarado||UD||12||2013-03-30||Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada||For Interim WBO Light Welterweight title.|
|Win||31–0–1||Mike Alvarado||TKO||7 (10), 1:57||2012-10-13||The Home Depot Center, Carson, California||Won vacant WBO Latino Light Welterweight title.|
|Win||30–0–1||Richard Abril||SD||12||2012-04-14||Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada|
|Win||29–0–1||John Murray||TKO||11 (12), 2:06||2011-12-03||Madison Square Garden, New York, New York||Lost WBA Lightweight title on scale.|
|Win||28–0–1||Urbano Antillón||TKO||3 (12), 2:39||2011-07-09||The Home Depot Center, Carson, California||Retained WBA Lightweight title.|
|Win||27–0–1||Miguel Acosta||TKO||10 (12), 1:14||2011-02-26||Palms Casino Resort, Las Vegas, Nevada||Won WBA Lightweight title.|
|Win||26–0–1||Omri Lowther||TKO||5 (10), 2:35||2010-11-13||Cowboys Stadium, Arlington, Texas|
|Win||25–0–1||Anthony Peterson||DQ||7 (12), 1:13||2010-09-11||Palms Casino Resort, Las Vegas, Nevada||Peterson disqualified for repeatedly hitting low.|
|Win||24–0–1||Jorge Teron||TKO||3 (10), 1:13||2010-02-06||McAllen Convention Center, McAllen, Texas||Won vacant NABF Lightweight title.|
|Win||23–0–1||Lorenzo Estrada||TKO||1 (10), 2:06||2009-11-06||Garden City Convention Center, Garden City, Kansas|
|Win||22–0–1||Manuel Pérez||TKO||7 (10), 1:16||2009-10-17||Whataburger Field, Corpus Christi, Texas|
|Win||21–0–1||Daniel Valenzuela||KO||2 (8), 0:05||2009-09-12||El Palenque de la Feria, Tepic, Nayarit|
|Win||20–0–1||Oscar Meza||TKO||5 (10), 0:24||2009-05-16||Buffalo Bill's Resort & Casino, Primm, Nevada|
|Win||19–0–1||Carlos Guevara||KO||5 (10), 1:11||2008-12-19||National Western Complex Arena, Denver, Colorado|
|Draw||18–0–1||Manuel Pérez||SD||10||2008-10-03||National Western Complex Arena, Denver, Colorado|
|Win||18–0||Sandro Marcos||TKO||2 (8), 2:13||2008-07-25||Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada|
|Win||17–0||Ricardo Dominguez||UD||10||2008-05-17||Plaza Monumental, Aguascalientes, Aguascalientes|
|Win||16–0||Alvin Brown||TKO||2 (8), 1:10||2008-03-14||Cicero Stadium, Cicero, Illinois|
|Win||15–0||Carlos Madrid||UD||6||2007-05-25||Isleta Casino & Resort, Albuquerque, New Mexico|
|Win||14–0||Humberto Tapia||UD||8||2006-12-22||Cicero Stadium, Cicero, Illinois|
|Win||13–0||Elías López||UD||6||2006-10-13||Palo Duro Golf Club, Nogales, Arizona|
|Win||12–0||Wayne Fletcher||KO||3 (6), 2:28||2006-09-08||Gilley's Dallas, Dallas, Texas|
|Win||11–0||Juan Alfonso Figueroa||TKO||6 (8), 2:21||2006-05-05||Maywood Activity Center, Maywood, California|
|Win||10–0||Freddy Castro||TKO||3 (6), 1:05||2006-03-03||Maywood Activity Center, Maywood, California|
|Win||9–0||Joel Ortega||KO||5 (8), 1:55||2006-01-20||Maywood Activity Center, Maywood, California|
|Win||8–0||Mike Pare||UD||4||2005-11-25||Santa Ana Star Casino, Bernalillo, New Mexico|
|Win||7–0||Angel Eduardo Mata||UD||6||2005-09-30||Steven's Steakhouse, Commerce, California|
|Win||6–0||Jamie Alvarado||TKO||1 (4), 2:08||2005-07-15||Aragon Ballroom, Chicago, Illinois|
|Win||5–0||Ramon Flores||TKO||1 (4), 1:18||2005-06-18||Maywood Activity Center, Maywood, California|
|Win||4–0||Gerardo Robles||TKO||3 (4), 1:11||2005-06-03||Performing Arts Center, Oxnard, California|
|Win||3–0||Ricky Ponce||TKO||1 (4), 1:14||2005-01-28||Performing Arts Center, Oxnard, California|
|Win||2–0||Abraham Verdugo||TKO||2 (4), 1:15||2004-08-27||Dodge Theater, Phoenix, Arizona|
|Win||1–0||Raul Montes||TKO||3 (4), 1:35||2004-07-23||Oxnard Convention Center, Oxnard, California||Professional Debut.|
Brandon married Victoria López in August 2010 and has four children, two from a previous relationship. Ríos gave the names Laila and Mia to his two daughters, after boxers Mia St. John and Laila Ali. His sons are named Marco Antonio, after Mexican World Champion Marco Antonio Barrera and Brandon Jr.
Victor Ortiz feud
As amateur boxers both Brandon Ríos and Victor Ortíz fought out of the same boxing gym in Oxnard, California, the Garden City Boxing Club where they were both trained by Manuel Rios. 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 Roberto García, Rios also left Kansas after being invited by García to train in Oxnard. In 2009 after an incident involving Brandon, Victor Ortíz and Victor's younger brother, Temo Ortíz, their relationship became strained. A fight between Ríos and Ortiz 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 Ortiz many times during sparring when they were growing up.
Freddie Roach incident
In the much anticipated lead up to the fight at Cowboys Stadium, Ríos made headlines along with Antonio Margarito and Roberto García when Elie Seckbach interviewed the three of them and showed the group mocking Manny Pacquiao's trainer Freddie Roach, Roach has Parkinson's disease. Elie Seckbach made a video response defending Rios and Margarito, and stated that the media misunderstood their jesters. Seckbach stated that they were actually making funny of Freddie Roach's comments where Roach said that Margarito was going to get knocked out. García explained that Ríos was "joking around", and that Brandon was also unaware that Roach is suffering from Parkinson's disease. In the video, Ríos explains that it was a response to Freddie Roach's trash talking.
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|WBA Lightweight Champion
February 26, 2011 – December 2, 2011
Title next held byRichar Abril
Title next held byJuan Manuel Márquez
|WBO Welterweight Champion
January 24, 2015 – November 7, 2015