Brandon Rios knows it’s make or break when he challenges WBO World Welterweight Champion Timothy Bradley this Saturday night.
Lose, and it would be “devastation”, Rios told the LA Times of his big stage bout against Bradley, who he faces at Las Vegas’s Thomas and Mack Center on a bill which also features Vasyl Lomachenko.
"If I lose, this could be it for my career. I'm not going to fight for $30,000, or fight on TruTV, Telefutura, Fox, whatever. They won't pay me what I want. All I've ever done is boxing, so it's a scary thing to think about. My wife and I talked about this two months ago. She asked what would happen if I lose,” Rios said.
"I was thinking, thinking, thinking… honestly? I don't even know what I'd do. I'm scared. I can't think about it."
Rios enters the bout with a shaky recent record, losing two of his last four fights after shipping back-to-back decision defeats to Mike Alvarado and Manny Pacquiao. The Oxnard, California resident avenged his loss against Alvarado last January to take a 2-1 lead in their three-fight series, but only a win over “Desert Storm” Bradley will signal that Rios still has a career at the sport’s top table.
Catch this thrilling and intriguing world title showdown this Saturday night live on BoxNation from 1.30am.