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