Saturday night saw two unbeaten fighters go to war in a fight many are calling ‘fight of the year’. Promoter Bob Arum even went so far as to compare Brandon Rios and Mike Alvarado's brawl to Ali-Frazier, Hagler-Hearns and Corrales-Castillo.
Light-welterweight big hitter and WBA regular champion Marcos Maidana has joined ranks with 2011 Trainer of the Year Robert Garcia, and embedded reporter Elie Seckbach was on hand to capture his first day at the esteemed stable’s Oxnard, California headquarters. Brandon Rios drops in and Maidana makes an early claim for his title as gym head honcho, promising ‘war’ in any future sparring sessions!
Former lightweight champion Brandon Rios just about kept his unbeaten record on Saturday night after scoring a split decision win over Richard Abril in what many pundits are already calling the worse decision of the year.
Rios, who had already lost a chance to recapture his title on the scales when he came in two pounds over the limit, looked sluggish and was unable to bully the unknown Cuban with his usual high-pressure style.
Former lightweight champion Brandon Rios once again failed to make weight for a title fight and forfeited the chance to win his WBA strap back on Saturday night against Richard Abril.
Rios weighed in at 137lbs for the 135-pounder contest, given an hour to lose the weight, Rios supposedly returned to the scales 45 minutes later weighing even more at 139lbs.
Juan Manuel Marquez returns to the ring on April 14 in the co-main event with Brandon Rios and Richard Abril. The Aztec warrior takes on Serhiy Fedchenko for the interim WBO light-welterweight title in Mexico City and starts on the road to trying to get a fourth fight with Manny Pacquiao.
Former lightweight champion Brandon Rios and contender Richard Abril couldn’t keep their hands off each other once again when they met in Los Angeles to announce their April 14 fight for the vacant WBA strap.
Things got heated between former WBA lightweight champ Brandon ‘Bam Bam’ Rios and WBA interim lightweight champ Richard Abril during the press tour in Miami for Rios vs Gamboa. With Gamboa having pulled a no-show, Abril took the opportunity to offer himself as a replacement opponent for the Vegas bill. A move Rios didn’t take too kindly. What follows is like Chisora-Haye without the 18 certificate…
Top Rank and Brandon Rios pushed on with the promotion of the Battle of the Undefeated bill yesterday as promoter and fighter were in Los Angeles, once again minus Yuriorkis Gamboa, to announce the April 14 fight.
The eagerly anticipated lightweight dust up between unbeaten stars Brandon Rios and Yuriorkis Gamboa has been thrown into jeopardy after the latter failed to show up at a press conference to announce the fight.
Gamboa did not show up on Monday for a press event in his adopted hometown of Miami (video below) and his promoter Top Rank had no clue as to his whereabouts or why he didn’t show.