Rios vs Abril presser gets heated
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.
It was a heated confrontation at a Miami press conference earlier last month that set the fight up in the first place and both men were unrelenting with the animosity on Monday night when they came face to face once again.
Having pushed and shoved his way to a match against Rios after initial opponent Yuriorkis Gamboa went AWOL, Abril said, ‘Everybody has been asking me about the Miami press conference when I pushed Brandon Rios, it was because I only heard the f-word.
‘I have nothing against him, I went there to let them know I was the interim champion and I was the person Rios needed to fight. On April 14 you’re going to see a great fight.’
Rios, however, was unforgiving and promised to make Abril pay for putting his hands on his face at the Miami presser claiming he was not about to let the unknown Cuban make a name for himself by beating him.
‘No unheard of fighter like Abril will ever beat me,’ said Rios. ‘In the boxing world Abril is in the darkness and I plan to keep him there. I haven’t forgotten what he did to me in Miami. He’s going to pay big-time for that.
‘At least this time we have an opponent, last time I was here by myself, this time Richard Abril is here. He’s not Gamboa but still I’m ready, April 14 the WBA lightweight champion will be ‘Bam Bam’ Brandon Rios.’
Rios and Abril get into it at LA presser