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Brandon Ríos

Brandon Ríos
Real name Brandon Lee Ríos
Nickname(s) Bam Bam
Rated at Lightweight (135 lb)
Light Welterweight (140 lb)
Welterweight (147 lb)
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Reach 70 in (178 cm)
Nationality American
Born (1986-04-29) April 29, 1986
Lubbock, Texas, U.S.
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 35
Wins 33
Wins by KO 23
Losses 2
Draws 1
No contests 0

Brandon Lee Ríos (born April 29, 1986 in Lubbock, Texas) is an American light-welterweight boxer. He is the former WBA lightweight champion.[1] Brandon is trained by former IBF super featherweight champion Roberto García.[2]


  • Amateur career 1
  • Professional career 2
    • WBA Lightweight Championship 2.1
      • Ríos vs. Antillon 2.1.1
    • Light Welterweight 2.2
      • Ríos vs. Alvarado I & II 2.2.1
    • Welterweight 2.3
      • Pacquiao vs Rios 2.3.1
  • Professional boxing record 3
  • Personal life 4
    • Victor Ortiz feud 4.1
    • Freddie Roach incident 4.2
  • See also 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7

Amateur career

Brandon has a stellar amateur record of 230–35.In 2004 Ríos became the U.S. National Amateur Featherweight champion, he was also a United States Olympic alternate at 125 lbs.[3] "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."[4]

Professional career

Ríos (right) with two-time champion Antonio Margarito (left).

He is signed to Bob Arum's company Top Rank.[5] On October 17, 2009[6] Ríos got a T.K.O. victory in the 7th round over Manuel Perez.[7]

He next fought in a WBA title eliminator against the undefeated contender Anthony Peterson, on a HBO Boxing After Dark card.[8] Rios dropped Peterson to the canvas with a left hand at the end of the fifth round.[9] In the sixth round, a desperate Peterson landed several low blows on Ríos, losing two points in the process.[10] In the seventh round, Peterson landed low blows once again, prompting the referee to stop the bout and award Ríos a disqualification victory.[11] Brandon was leading on all three scorecards before the stoppage.[8]

His next fight was the first HBO PPV fight on the undercard of Margarito vs. Pacquiao. Bob Arum has stated that if Rios beats Omri Lowther in Cowboys Stadium, Brandon will get a shot to fight against WBC Lightweight Champion Humberto Soto next. Ríos won by T.K.O. in the fifth round.[12]

WBA Lightweight Championship

On February 26, 2011, Ríos defeated WBA World Lightweight Champion, Venezuelan Miguel Acosta via a 10th round TKO, becoming the new WBA regular Lightweight champion.[13]

Ríos vs. Antillon

In his first title defense Brandon faced title contender Urbano Antillón, this matchup was scheduled to take place once before in May 2010.[14][15] This bout was the second time Ríos headlined a Showtime Championship Boxing card and was held at the Home Depot Center, in Carson, California.[16]

Light Welterweight

Ríos vs. Alvarado I & II

Rios faced Mike Alvarado at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California on October 13. 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.[17] The fight was voted the 2012 Fight of the Year by the Sports Illustrated.[18]

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.[19]


Pacquiao vs Rios

Rios and Pacquiao battled for the vacant WBO International Welterweight title on November 23, 2013, at 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, all while Rios would inexplicably wag his tongue throughout the match.[20][21]

Professional boxing record

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

Personal life

Brandon married Victoria López in August 2010 and has four children, two from a previous relationship.[22][23] Ríos gave the names Laila and Mia to his two daughters, after boxers Mia St. John and Laila Ali. His sons are named Marco Antonio, after Mexican World Champion Marco Antonio Barrera and Brandon Jr.[24]

Victor Ortiz feud

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.[25][26] 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.[27] In 2009 after an incident involving Brandon, Victor Ortíz and Victor's younger brother, Temo Ortíz, their relationship became strained.[28] 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.[29]

Freddie Roach incident

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, Roach has Parkinson's disease. Elie Seckbach made a video responds defending Rios and Margarito, and stated that the media misunderstood their jesters. Seckbach stated that they were actually making funny of Freddie Roach's comments where Roach said that Margarito was going to get knocked out. García explained that Ríos was "joking around", and that Brandon was also unaware that Roach is suffering from Parkinson's disease.[30] In the video, Ríos explains that it was a response to Freddie Roach's trash talking.

See also


  1. ^ Hess, Roy (February 6, 2010). "Ríos captures NABF championship". The Monitor. Retrieved July 2, 2010. 
  2. ^ Fischer, Doug (March 13, 2009). "New Faces: Brandon Ríos". The Ring Magazine. Retrieved July 2, 2010. 
  3. ^ Luevanos, Fernando (October 4, 2008). "Brandon Ríos Biography". Boxrec. Retrieved July 2, 2010. 
  4. ^ Montoya, Gabriel (July 5, 2011). "What Drives Brandon Ríos". MaxBoxing. Retrieved July 7, 2011. 
  5. ^ Mulei, Alessandro (August 26, 2009). "Brandon Ríos with Top Rank". Top Rank. Retrieved July 2, 2010. 
  6. ^ Ready to rumble » Corpus Christi Caller-Times. 2009-09-23.
  7. ^ Brandon Rios Stops Manuel Perez in Seven Rounds – Boxing News. (2009-10-18). Retrieved on 2013-11-25.
  8. ^ 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.
  9. ^ Iole, Kevin. (2010-09-12) Scintillating Rios overshadows Gamboa – Yahoo Sports. Retrieved on 2013-11-25.
  10. ^ Donovan, Jake (2010-09-12) Yuriorkis Gamboa Unifies, Continues The Hunt For Juanma – Boxing News. Retrieved on 2013-11-25.
  11. ^ [1]
  12. ^ News – “Bam Bam” Comes Out of the Bullpen. Max Boxing (2010-11-10). Retrieved on 2013-11-25.
  13. ^ Oxnard's Rios will fight for world title » Ventura County Star. 2010-12-20.
  14. ^ Brandon Rios: Core Workout, Preparing For Antillon. (2011-05-12). Retrieved on 2013-11-25.
  15. ^ Fischer, Doug. (2011-07-07) Rios vs. Antillon: Head-to-head analysis | RingTV. Retrieved on 2013-11-25.
  16. ^ Iole, Kevin. (2011-07-08) Rios welcomes Antillon's challenge – Yahoo Sports. Retrieved on 2013-11-25.
  17. ^ Rios TKO 7 Alvarado. (2012-10-13). Retrieved on 2013-11-25.
  18. ^ "Fight of the Year – Brandon Rios defeats Mike Alvarado – 2012 Boxing Awards".  
  19. ^ Men o’ War: Alvarado Decisions Rios. (2013-03-30). Retrieved on 2013-11-25.
  20. ^ "Manny Pacquiao V. Brandon Rios U.S. Promotional Tour Begins Today". 
  21. ^ "Manny Pacquiao wins in retur". ESPN. 24 November 2013. Retrieved 25 November 2013. 
  22. ^ SecondsOut Boxing News – USA Boxing News – Brandon Rios Celebrates Honeymoon in Vegas. (2010-09-11). Retrieved on 2013-11-25.
  23. ^ Vicky Lopez- Rios- Boxer Brandon Rios' Wife (bio, wiki, photos). (2013-05-07). Retrieved on 2013-11-25.
  24. ^ [2]
  25. ^ Brandon Rios Wants Victor Ortiz. Bleacher Report (2010-10-20). Retrieved on 2013-11-25.
  26. ^ Kim, Steve (September 14, 2010) Boxing Flurries on Zab Judah, Brandon Rios, Yuriorkis Gamboa, Matt Remillard and More. Retrieved on 2013-11-25.
  27. ^ Seckbach, Elie (October 5, 2010) Brandon Rios on His Beef With Victor Ortiz at the Wayback Machine (archived January 17, 2011).
  28. ^ Gabin, Ernest (2010-12-17) Robert Garcia Sets the Record Straight on Victor Ortiz – Boxing News. Retrieved on 2013-11-25.
  29. ^ Brandon Rios: Victor Ortiz is a Motherf**king Crybaby! – Boxing News. (2010-10-04). Retrieved on 2013-11-25.
  30. ^ Satterfield, Lem (2010-11-10) Roach Wanted To Fight Over Video: 'I Hate Margarito, Rios' – Boxing News. Retrieved on 2013-11-25.

External links

  • Official website
  • Professional boxing record for Brandon Ríos from BoxRec
Preceded by
Miguel Acosta
WBA Lightweight Champion
Regular Title

February 26, 2011 – December 2, 2011
Title next held by
Richar Abril
as Champion
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