Post fight analysis
Tim Bradley stopped Brandon Rios in the ninth round to ensure the World Title would be coming home with ‘Desert Storm’.
Bradley varied his attack under the instructions of new trainer Teddy Atlas, causing ‘Bam Bam’ all sorts of problems.
Rios, who had to make a second visit to the scales at the weigh-in, looked sluggish throughout.
32 year old Bradley whipped in some meaty body shots to knock the wind from Rios, who managed to get up from the first knockdown but not the next wave which saw Bradley’s hand raised.
Vasyl Lomachenko retained his WBO World Featherweight Title in style.
After a watchful opening round, the double Olympic Champion put on a boxing clinic.
The skill and slick footwork was evident against the tough Romulo Koasicha.
After wearing down Koasicha, Loma upped the pace in round 10 to land an accumulation of punches concluding with a pin point left hook to the body to get the stoppage.
Pre fight preview
Two past fighters of the year collide as Timothy Bradley risks his WBO World Welterweight title against the explosive power of Brandon "Bam Bam" Rios.
This mouth-watering all-action WBO World Welterweight title contest between Tim Bradley and Brandon Rios takes place at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas, Saturday 7 November.
Finally, the fight has been confirmed after some intense on/off negotiations in recent months, but with the contracts signed we can now expect a lively affair.
The thriving welterweight division needs a new King since Floyd Mayweather’s apparent last fight with the winner looking to stake a claim. Victory for either in November will open the door for huge unification fights.
Both men share similar records and have rebuilding since defeats to Manny Pacquiao in 2013 and 2014 respectively.
‘Desert Storm’ (32-1-1) makes his first title defence in his second tenor of holding the WBO version of the Welterweight World Title. The 32 year old looked below par in recent fights with Jessie Vargas & Diego Chaves and will know this is a huge platform to return to form with a bang.
Big wins over Lamont Peterson, Devon Alexander, Manny Pacquiao, Ruslan Provodnikov & Juan Manuel Marquez propelled Bradley to the top of the Welterweight tree where he remains a force to be reckoned with.
‘Bam Bam’ (33-2-1) looks to become a two-weight World Champion, previously holding a World Title down at Lightweight. Having struggled to make the weight, he has since moved up two weight divisions and will be keen to extend his impressive KO ratio.
Out of the ring Bradley teams up with trainer Teddy Atlas for the first time and the respected Robert Garcia will have to work a detailed game plan for his man Rios.
The pair are promoted by Bob Arum and will be joined on the card by Top Rank stable mate Vasyl Lomachenko.