Brandon Ríos

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Brandon Ríos
Brandon Rios.jpg
Real nameBrandon Lee Ríos
Nickname(s)Bam Bam
Rated atLightweight (135 lb)
Light Welterweight (140 lb)
Welterweight (147 lb)
Height5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Reach70 in (178 cm)
Born(1986-04-29) April 29, 1986 (age 27)
Lubbock, Texas, U.S.
Boxing record
Total fights34
Wins by KO23
No contests0
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Brandon Ríos
Brandon Rios.jpg
Real nameBrandon Lee Ríos
Nickname(s)Bam Bam
Rated atLightweight (135 lb)
Light Welterweight (140 lb)
Welterweight (147 lb)
Height5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Reach70 in (178 cm)
Born(1986-04-29) April 29, 1986 (age 27)
Lubbock, Texas, U.S.
Boxing record
Total fights34
Wins by KO23
No contests0

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[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

Ríos vs. Alvarado[edit]

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 via 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]


Ríos vs. Pacquiao[edit]

Rios and Pacquiao battled for the vacant WBO International Welterweight title on November 23, 2013, at The Venetian Macao resort & hotel in Macau of the Special administrative regions in China against Ring No. 4 ranked Welterweight, Ring No. 7 ranked pound for pound and former 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. Manny Pacquiao won the 12 round match and the WBO International Welterweight title by outpointing and outclassing Rios for 12 rounds.[20][21]

Professional boxing record[edit]

31 Wins (23 Knockouts, 8 decisions), 2 Losses (0 knockout, 2 decisions), 1 Draw
Res.RecordOpponentTypeRd., TimeDateLocationNotes
Loss31–2–1Philippines Manny PacquiaoUD122013-11-24China The Venetian Macao, Macau, SARFor vacant WBO International Welterweight title.
Loss31–1–1United States Mike AlvaradoUD122013-03-30United States Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, NevadaFor Interim WBO Light Welterweight title.
Win31–0–1United States Mike AlvaradoTKO7 (10), 1:572012-10-13United States The Home Depot Center, Carson, CaliforniaWon vacant WBO Latino Light Welterweight title.
Win30–0–1Cuba Richard AbrilSD122012-04-14United States Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada
Win29–0–1United Kingdom John MurrayTKO11 (12), 2:062011-12-03United States Madison Square Garden, New York, New YorkLost WBA Lightweight title on scale.
Win28–0–1United States Urbano AntillónTKO3 (12), 2:392011-07-09United States The Home Depot Center, Carson, CaliforniaRetained WBA Lightweight title.
Win27–0–1Venezuela Miguel AcostaTKO10 (12), 1:142011-02-26United States Palms Casino Resort, Las Vegas, NevadaWon WBA Lightweight title.
Win26–0–1United States Omri LowtherTKO5 (10), 2:352010-11-13United States Cowboys Stadium, Arlington, Texas
Win25–0–1United States Anthony PetersonDQ7 (12), 1:132010-09-11United States Palms Casino Resort, Las Vegas, Nevada
Win24–0–1United States Jorge TeronTKO3 (10), 1:132010-02-06United States McAllen Convention Center, McAllen, TexasWon vacant NABF Lightweight title.
Win23–0–1United States Lorenzo EstradaTKO1 (10), 2:062009-11-06United States Garden City Convention Center, Garden City, Kansas
Win22–0–1United States Manuel PérezTKO7 (10), 1:162009-10-17United States Whataburger Field, Corpus Christi, Texas
Win21–0–1Mexico Daniel ValenzuelaKO2 (8), 0:052009-09-12Mexico El Palenque de la Feria, Tepic, Nayarit
Win20–0–1Mexico Oscar MezaTKO5 (10), 0:242009-05-16United States Buffalo Bill's Resort & Casino, Primm, Nevada
Win19–0–1Nicaragua Carlos GuevaraKO5 (10), 1:112008-12-19United States National Western Complex Arena, Denver, Colorado
Draw18–0–1United States Manuel PérezMD102008-10-03United States National Western Complex Arena, Denver, Colorado
Win18–0Mexico Sandro MarcosTKO2 (8), 2:132008-07-25United States Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada
Win17–0Mexico Ricardo DominguezSD102008-05-17Mexico Plaza Monumental, Aguascalientes, Aguascalientes
Win16–0United States Alvin BrownTKO2 (8), 1:102008-03-14United States Cicero Stadium, Cicero, Illinois
Win15–0Mexico Carlos MadridSD62007-05-25United States Isleta Casino & Resort, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Win14–0Mexico Humberto TapiaUD82006-12-22United States Cicero Stadium, Cicero, Illinois
Win13–0United States Elías LópezUD62006-10-13United States Palo Duro Golf Club, Nogales, Arizona
Win12–0United States Wayne FletcherKO3 (6), 2:282006-09-08United States Gilley's Dallas, Dallas, Texas
Win11–0Mexico Juan Alfonso FigueroaTKO6 (8), 2:212006-05-05United States Maywood Activity Center, Maywood, California
Win10–0Mexico Freddy CastroTKO3 (6), 1:052006-03-03United States Maywood Activity Center, Maywood, California
Win9–0Mexico Joel OrtegaKO5 (8), 1:552006-01-20United States Maywood Activity Center, Maywood, California
Win8–0Canada Mike PareUD42005-11-25United States Santa Ana Star Casino, Bernalillo, New Mexico
Win7–0Mexico Angel Eduardo MataUD62005-09-30United States Steven's Steakhouse, Commerce, California
Win6–0United States Jamie AlvaradoTKO1 (4), 2:082005-07-15United States Aragon Ballroom, Chicago, Illinois
Win5–0Mexico Ramon FloresTKO1 (4), 1:182005-06-18United States Maywood Activity Center, Maywood, California
Win4–0United States Gerardo RoblesTKO3 (4), 1:112005-06-03United States Performing Arts Center, Oxnard, California
Win3–0United States Ricky PonceTKO1 (4), 1:142005-01-28United States Performing Arts Center, Oxnard, California
Win2–0United States Abraham VerdugoTKO2 (4), 1:152004-08-27United States Dodge Theater, Phoenix, Arizona
Win1–0United States Raul MontesTKO3 (4), 1:352004-07-23United States Oxnard Convention Center, Oxnard, CaliforniaProfessional Debut.

Personal life[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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. 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. Three years later, on November 24, 2013 in China, Rios and Pacquiao fought for the WBO Welterweight title. Pacquiao dominated the fight for twelve rounds, and won by unanimous decision. Weeks before the fight, Rios had claimed he would send Pacquiao into retirement.

See also[edit]


  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][dead link]
  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". December 26, 2012. Retrieved January 3, 2013. 
  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][dead link]
  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.
  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.

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Preceded by
Miguel Acosta
WBA Lightweight Champion
Regular Title

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