Bradley, Rios ready to go November 7; Lomachenko faces Koasicha

Top Rank 17/09/2015

Chris Farina

Two-division world champion TIMOTHY “Desert Storm” BRADLEY JR. and former world champion BRANDON “Bam Bam” RIOS, both who have fought in Fights of the Year in 2013 and 2012, respectively, will collide for Bradley’s World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight world championship crown in an all-Southern California showdown.

Bradley vs. Rios will take place on Saturday, November 7, at the Thomas & Mack Center, located on the campus of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing, beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT. The telecast will open with two-time Ukrainian Olympic gold medalist VASYL LOMACHENKO, defending his WBO featherweight world title against Top-10 world-rated contender ROMULO KOASICHA of Mexico.

These four warriors boast a combined record of 93-8-2 (51 KOs) — a winning percentage of 90% with over half of their victories coming by way of knockout.

Promoted by Top Rank®, in association with the Wynn Las Vegas and Tecate, tickets to the Bradley vs. Rios world welterweight championship event go on sale Thursday, September 17, at 1:00 p.m. ET / 10:00 a.m. PT. Priced at $400, $250, $150, $100 and $50, tickets may be purchased at the Thomas & Mack Center Box Office, online at www.UNLVtickets.com, at UNLVtickets Outlet Town Square Las Vegas and La Bonita Supermarkets. To charge by phone call 702-739-FANS (3267) or 866-388-FANS (3267).

“I am excited to get back into the ring on November 7th against a very game and very dangerous Brandon Rios,” said Bradley. “I know that Rios is dedicated to giving the fans what they pay for and so am I. I guarantee you that the Thomas and Mack Center will once again deliver a great event.”

“We’ve been looking for a big fight and at last we have it. I’ll be ready,” Rios.

“If I was going to come back to train a fighter, it was going to be one who had shown character in and out of the ring just like Tim Bradley,” said Teddy Atlas, Bradley’s new trainer.

“Fighting for the world welterweight championship is the most important thing in this fight plus I know Rios and Bradley will give the fans one of the best fights of the year. Both Bradley and Rios are warriors and will give the fans want they want to see. Thanks to Team Bradley for taking this fight. Let’s go out and give Southern California a fight that fans will never forget,” said Robert Garcia, chief trainer for Rios.

“The battle between Bradley and Rios should be a real classic as both fighters give it their all in the ring. Without a doubt this will be a candidate for the Fight of the Year,” said Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum of Top Rank.

“In one of the fall’s biggest fights, with two impressive careers defined by unbreakable wills on the line, Timothy Bradley Jr. faces Brandon Rios on November 7 to see whose grit is the truest,” said HBO Sports Vice President of Programming Peter Nelson. “The Thomas & Mack in Las Vegas is a venue rich in history and HBO is privileged to broadcast the event for our World Championship Boxing franchise.”

“Wynn Las Vegas is pleased to once again partner with Top Rank to bring this anticipated event to Las Vegas,” said Maurice Wooden, president of Wynn Las Vegas. “All eyes will be on Bradley and Rios as they battle for the World Welterweight Title.”