DAZN Fighter Profile: Brandon Rios – (Welterweight)
Brandon Rios returns to the ring following a loss to Danny Garcia back in February bidding to reignite his world title quest, live on DAZN.
The 32 year-old, a former world lightweight ruler, bids to improve on a run of three victories from his last seven contests in Kansas.
Rios goes toe-to-toe with the brother of DAZN stablemate Canelo Alvarez, Ramon on a packed card topped by heavyweight force Jarrell Miller.
‘Bam Bam’ has been out of the world title pictures since 2015 and wants to prove he’s still got what it takes as he pushes towards his twilight years as a fighter.
“I’ve been training hard with Robert Garcia. Great sparring with the young prospects at RGBA, Coach Henry and Junior have been helping me with my strength and conditioning. My nutrition has been great and support from my family and friends,” said Rios, now campaigning at welterweight.
“I feel strong and ready to face Alvarez. This is just the beginning of me getting back on top. I have a great team, a great mindset.
“I’m ready so make sure to download DAZN app and tune in. If you’re in Kansas, I will see you there. Team Rios!”
Beginning his career in 2004, Rios made an instant impact with six straight knockouts. Moving up to six rounds brought his first points victory over Angel Mata in September 2005 before the KO’s rolled on following a four round win over Mike Pare.
Another four in a row before the final bell led to a step up in class as Rios pushed towards a world title shot at 135 pounds. Huge at the weight, Rios was seen as a certainty to pick up a version of the world championship, and after putting right a majority draw with Manuel Perez in 2009, the California-based puncher was primed for his chance.
Winning the NABF belt in 2010 led Rios to a contest versus Anthony Peterson and the crowning of a new ruler on the block was on the horizon due to eliminator success.
Claiming the WBA Strap in 2011, and again in 2012 on the back of weight issues, Rios knew his days were numbered at the lightweight limit. He moved up to 140 where he shared losses with Mike Alvarado over two intense bouts.
Those epic wars got Rios noticed and the call soon came to fight Pound for Pound legend Manny Pacquiao in China on November 24th, 2013.
Rios’ reputation didn’t suffer in defeat and he’s remained at the very top of world level ever since. Only Alvarez stands in the way of yet another huge challenge for the charismatic Rios in 2019.
Record: 34-4-1, 25 KO’s
Nickname: Bam Bam
D.O.B: April 29, 1986
Height: 5ft 9ins (175cm)
Reach: 68 ins
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