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Brandon Rios' five most memorable moments

Steve Lillis

29th July 2014

BRANDON RIOS is one of boxing's natural born thrillers, and doesn't know what it is to be in a bad fight.

In BoxNation's three years, few fighters have delivered as much excitement to the 'Channel of Champions' as the 28-year-old American.

Four of his last five fights have been screened on BoxNation, and he is back on the home of boxing with his licence to thrill this weekend when he faces Argentine star Diego Chaves in another likely war.

Brandon's last two fights have ended in a rematch points loss against Mike Alvarado and decision defeat against Manny Pacquiao last November on his welterweight debut. It's a must win fight in Las Vegas.

There have been plenty of memorable nights in a ten year professional career that has brought 31 wins, two losses and a draw.

We look back on five performances that got boxing talking:


October 2012 v Mike Alvarado I - W TKO 7

The scrap won Fight of the Year from Sports Illustrated. 'Bam Bam' was trailing on the judges' scorecards and looking booked for defeat, until landing a sledgehammer right that wiped the fight from Alvarado in round six. He never recovered and after 1 min 57 seconds of the seventh round ref Pat Russell stepped in.



April 2012 v Richard Abril - W Pts

Just like his previous fight against John Murray there was controversy when Rios failed to make 135lb. There was an even bigger storm at the final bell when he looked well beaten, but snatched a split decision although failing to make weight meant he couldn't reclaim the WBA lightweight crown. It wasn't his best performance against the clever Cuban, but a fight that will not be forgotten because of the controversy.

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February 2011 v Miguel Acosta - W TKO 10

Tough Venezuelan Acosta was dropped three times before being smashed to defeat in the tenth round. Rios was let down by his defence and hurt to the body in the first half of the gruelling slugfest, but the tide turned when he dropped Acosta in round six with a massive right hand. Acosta soon retreated and it became a matter of time before Rios became WBA lightweight champion.



September 2010 v Anthony Peterson - W DQ 7

Peterson had won all 30 professional fights and Rios was undefeated in 25 contests. Beforehand it was impossible to pick an obvious favourite. This fight was where Rios proved he was for real. In round five Peterson was dropped for the first time ever as an amateur or professional, and soon lost his mind. He was twice deducted a point in  round six for low blows and when he repeated his crime in round seven, Russell Mora rightly disqualified him



July 2011 v Urbano Antillon W KO 2

Things got nasty beforehand when Rios claimed that his rival abused his wife. They carried the hostilities into the ring. The opening six minutes were savage with no let up from either man. In round three Rios dished out a savage beating, dropping his challenger twice before the carnage was ended.

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