Brandon Ríos

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Brandon Ríos
Brandon Rios.jpg
Ríos in 2011
Real name Brandon Lee Ríos
Nickname(s) Bam Bam
Rated at Lightweight
Light welterweight
Height 5 ft 8 in (173 cm)
Reach 70 in (178 cm)
Nationality American
Born (1986-04-29) April 29, 1986 (age 30)
Lubbock, Texas, U.S.
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 37
Wins 33
Wins by KO 24
Losses 3
Draws 1

Brandon Lee Ríos (born April 29, 1986) is an American professional boxer who fights in the welterweight division. He is a former WBA lightweight champion and was previously trained by former super featherweight world champion Robert García.[1] Known for his come forward, aggressive style that couples brawling and swarming, Rios has an excellent chin and good punching power.

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 two-time champion Antonio Margarito (left).

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 Perez.[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 in 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 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.[16][17] After the fight, Ríos tested positive for methylhexaneamine.[18]

Ríos vs. Alvarado III[edit]

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.[19]

Ríos vs. Bradley[edit]

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 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.

Professional boxing record[edit]

33 Wins (24 knockouts, 7 decisions, 2 disqualifications), 3 Losses (1 knockout, 2 decisions), 1 Draw
Res. Record Opponent Type Rd., Time Date Location Notes
Loss 33–3–1 United States Timothy Bradley TKO 9 (12), 2:48 2015-11-07 United States Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas, Nevada For WBO Welterweight title.
Win 33–2–1 United States Mike Alvarado TKO 3 (12), 3:00 2015-01-24 United States 1stBank Center, Broomfield, Colorado For vacant WBO International Welterweight title.
Win 32–2–1 Argentina Diego Gabriel Chaves DQ 9 (10), 1:26 2014-08-02 United States Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Las Vegas, Nevada Chaves disqualified for repeated holding.
Loss 31–2–1 Philippines Manny Pacquiao UD 12 2013-11-24 Macau The Venetian Macao, Macau, SAR For vacant WBO International Welterweight title.
Loss 31–1–1 United States Mike Alvarado UD 12 2013-03-30 United States Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada For Interim WBO Light Welterweight title.
Win 31–0–1 United States Mike Alvarado TKO 7 (10), 1:57 2012-10-13 United States The Home Depot Center, Carson, California Won vacant WBO Latino Light Welterweight title.
Win 30–0–1 Cuba Richard Abril SD 12 2012-04-14 United States Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 29–0–1 United Kingdom John Murray TKO 11 (12), 2:06 2011-12-03 United States Madison Square Garden, New York, New York Lost WBA Lightweight title on scale.
Win 28–0–1 United States Urbano Antillón TKO 3 (12), 2:39 2011-07-09 United States The Home Depot Center, Carson, California Retained WBA Lightweight title.
Win 27–0–1 Venezuela Miguel Acosta TKO 10 (12), 1:14 2011-02-26 United States Palms Casino Resort, Las Vegas, Nevada Won WBA Lightweight title.
Win 26–0–1 United States Omri Lowther TKO 5 (10), 2:35 2010-11-13 United States Cowboys Stadium, Arlington, Texas
Win 25–0–1 United States Anthony Peterson DQ 7 (12), 1:13 2010-09-11 United States Palms Casino Resort, Las Vegas, Nevada Peterson disqualified for repeatedly hitting low.
Win 24–0–1 United States Jorge Teron TKO 3 (10), 1:13 2010-02-06 United States McAllen Convention Center, McAllen, Texas Won vacant NABF Lightweight title.
Win 23–0–1 United States Lorenzo Estrada TKO 1 (10), 2:06 2009-11-06 United States Garden City Convention Center, Garden City, Kansas
Win 22–0–1 United States Manuel Pérez TKO 7 (10), 1:16 2009-10-17 United States Whataburger Field, Corpus Christi, Texas
Win 21–0–1 Mexico Daniel Valenzuela KO 2 (8), 0:05 2009-09-12 Mexico El Palenque de la Feria, Tepic, Nayarit
Win 20–0–1 Mexico Oscar Meza TKO 5 (10), 0:24 2009-05-16 United States Buffalo Bill's Resort & Casino, Primm, Nevada
Win 19–0–1 Nicaragua Carlos Guevara KO 5 (10), 1:11 2008-12-19 United States National Western Complex Arena, Denver, Colorado
Draw 18–0–1 United States Manuel Pérez SD 10 2008-10-03 United States National Western Complex Arena, Denver, Colorado
Win 18–0 Mexico Sandro Marcos TKO 2 (8), 2:13 2008-07-25 United States Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 17–0 Mexico Ricardo Dominguez UD 10 2008-05-17 Mexico Plaza Monumental, Aguascalientes, Aguascalientes
Win 16–0 United States Alvin Brown TKO 2 (8), 1:10 2008-03-14 United States Cicero Stadium, Cicero, Illinois
Win 15–0 Mexico Carlos Madrid UD 6 2007-05-25 United States Isleta Casino & Resort, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Win 14–0 Mexico Humberto Tapia UD 8 2006-12-22 United States Cicero Stadium, Cicero, Illinois
Win 13–0 United States Elías López UD 6 2006-10-13 United States Palo Duro Golf Club, Nogales, Arizona
Win 12–0 United States Wayne Fletcher KO 3 (6), 2:28 2006-09-08 United States Gilley's Dallas, Dallas, Texas
Win 11–0 Mexico Juan Alfonso Figueroa TKO 6 (8), 2:21 2006-05-05 United States Maywood Activity Center, Maywood, California
Win 10–0 Mexico Freddy Castro TKO 3 (6), 1:05 2006-03-03 United States Maywood Activity Center, Maywood, California
Win 9–0 Mexico Joel Ortega KO 5 (8), 1:55 2006-01-20 United States Maywood Activity Center, Maywood, California
Win 8–0 Canada Mike Pare UD 4 2005-11-25 United States Santa Ana Star Casino, Bernalillo, New Mexico
Win 7–0 Mexico Angel Eduardo Mata UD 6 2005-09-30 United States Steven's Steakhouse, Commerce, California
Win 6–0 United States Jamie Alvarado TKO 1 (4), 2:08 2005-07-15 United States Aragon Ballroom, Chicago, Illinois
Win 5–0 Mexico Ramon Flores TKO 1 (4), 1:18 2005-06-18 United States Maywood Activity Center, Maywood, California
Win 4–0 United States Gerardo Robles TKO 3 (4), 1:11 2005-06-03 United States Performing Arts Center, Oxnard, California
Win 3–0 United States Ricky Ponce TKO 1 (4), 1:14 2005-01-28 United States Performing Arts Center, Oxnard, California
Win 2–0 United States Abraham Verdugo TKO 2 (4), 1:15 2004-08-27 United States Dodge Theater, Phoenix, Arizona
Win 1–0 United States Raul Montes TKO 3 (4), 1:35 2004-07-23 United States Oxnard Convention Center, Oxnard, California Professional debut.

Personal life[edit]

Brandon married Victoria López in August 2010 and has four children, two from a previous relationship.[20][21] Ríos gave the names Laila and Mia to his two daughters, after boxers Mia St. John and Laila Ali. His two sons are named Brandon Jr. and Marco Antonio respectively, the latter of which is after Mexican World Champion Marco Antonio Barrera.[22]

Victor Ortiz feud[edit]

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.[23][24] 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.[25] In 2009 after an incident involving Brandon, Victor Ortíz and Victor's younger brother Temo, their relationship became strained.[26] 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.[27]

Freddie Roach incident[edit]

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, who 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 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.[28] In the video, Ríos himself explains that their jesters were a response to Roach's trash talking.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Fischer, Doug (March 13, 2009). "New Faces: Brandon Ríos". The Ring Magazine. Retrieved July 2, 2010. 
  2. ^ Luevanos, Fernando (October 4, 2008). "Brandon Ríos Biography". Boxrec. Retrieved July 2, 2010. 
  3. ^ Montoya, Gabriel (July 5, 2011). "What Drives Brandon Ríos". MaxBoxing. Retrieved July 7, 2011. 
  4. ^ Mulei, Alessandro (August 26, 2009). "Brandon Ríos with Top Rank". Top Rank. Retrieved July 2, 2010. 
  5. ^ Ready to rumble » Corpus Christi Caller-Times. 2009-09-23.
  6. ^ Brandon Rios Stops Manuel Perez in Seven Rounds – Boxing News. (2009-10-18). Retrieved on 2013-11-25.
  7. ^ a b Reeno, Rick (2010-06-15) Peterson vs Rios as Co-Feature To Gamboa-Salido on HBO – Boxing News. Retrieved on 2013-11-25.
  8. ^ Iole, Kevin. (2010-09-12) Scintillating Rios overshadows Gamboa – Yahoo Sports. Retrieved on 2013-11-25.
  9. ^ Donovan, Jake (2010-09-12) Yuriorkis Gamboa Unifies, Continues The Hunt For Juanma – Boxing News. Retrieved on 2013-11-25.
  10. ^ [1][dead link]
  11. ^ News – "Bam Bam" Comes Out of the Bullpen. Max Boxing (2010-11-10). Retrieved on 2013-11-25.
  12. ^ Oxnard's Rios will fight for world title » Ventura County Star. 2010-12-20.
  13. ^ Rios TKO 7 Alvarado. (2012-10-13). Retrieved on 2013-11-25.
  14. ^ "Fight of the Year – Brandon Rios defeats Mike Alvarado – 2012 Boxing Awards". December 26, 2012. Retrieved January 3, 2013. 
  15. ^ Men o’ War: Alvarado Decisions Rios. (2013-03-30). Retrieved on 2013-11-25.
  16. ^ "Manny Pacquiao V. Brandon Rios U.S. Promotional Tour Begins Today". 
  17. ^ "Manny Pacquiao wins in return". ESPN. 24 November 2013. Retrieved 25 November 2013. 
  18. ^ "Brandon Rios failed postfight test cite web". ESPN. 13 December 2013. Retrieved 23 February 2015. 
  19. ^
  20. ^ SecondsOut Boxing News – USA Boxing News – Brandon Rios Celebrates Honeymoon in Vegas. (2010-09-11). Retrieved on 2013-11-25.
  21. ^ Vicky Lopez- Rios- Boxer Brandon Rios' Wife (bio, wiki, photos). (2013-05-07). Retrieved on 2013-11-25.
  22. ^ [2][dead link]
  23. ^ Brandon Rios Wants Victor Ortiz. Bleacher Report (2010-10-20). Retrieved on 2013-11-25.
  24. ^ Kim, Steve (September 14, 2010) Boxing Flurries on Zab Judah, Brandon Rios, Yuriorkis Gamboa, Matt Remillard and More. Retrieved on 2013-11-25.
  25. ^ Seckbach, Elie (October 5, 2010) Brandon Rios on His Beef With Victor Ortiz at the Wayback Machine (archived January 17, 2011).
  26. ^ Gabin, Ernest (2010-12-17) Robert Garcia Sets the Record Straight on Victor Ortiz – Boxing News. Retrieved on 2013-11-25.
  27. ^ Brandon Rios: Victor Ortiz is a Motherf**king Crybaby! – Boxing News. (2010-10-04). Retrieved on 2013-11-25.
  28. ^ Satterfield, Lem (2010-11-10) Roach Wanted To Fight Over Video: 'I Hate Margarito, Rios' – Boxing News. Retrieved on 2013-11-25.

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Preceded by
Miguel Acosta
WBA Lightweight Champion
Regular Title

February 26, 2011 – December 2, 2011
Title next held by
Richar Abril
as Champion
International championships
Title next held by
Juan Manuel Márquez
WBO Welterweight Champion
International title

January 24, 2015 – November 7, 2015
Title next held by
Manny Pacquiao