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Abregu: I Would Like To Fight With Brandon Rios

By Ben Jacobs

July 19 is the provisional date for Luis Carlos Abregú  to return to a boxing ring in the United States, but he is currently waiting to see who will be in the opposite corner.

Abregú spoke to BoxingScene from his training camp at home in Salta, Argentina where he has been preparing for the past fifteen days after a vacation in Chile following his last fight.  ‘El Potro’ stopped previously unbeaten Jean Carlos Prada in round eight, a fight which reignited his confidence following hand surgery.

“It was an important test, a test for me to get rid of a lot of doubts, doubts over my level and the hand problem,” he said.

“I wanted to know if I was at the right level and if my hand was good enough, and I realised it was.  So I’m a lot happier now and I have more confidence.

“With [Timothy] Bradley my hand was broken and I was in a lot of pain, the difference now is huge.  Every day I get better and my hand returns to normal.

“So I’ll be fighting in California and now I’m waiting for news from Top Rank to confirm the July 19 date.  There are rumours about me fighting Brandon Ríos, Jo Jo Dan or Keith Thurman.”

The prospect of a fight with a Golden Boy fighter such as Thurman seemed a distant thought just a couple of months ago, but with the possibility of the two gigantic promoters now working together, Abregú is excited about having more options for potential opponents.

“I was watching a video with Oscar de la Hoya and it seems he’s come to an agreement with Bob Arum, so I should be able to fight someone like Thurman.

“I would like to fight with Brandon Ríos because he’s a boxer who comes at you, and that favours me.  I consider myself a counter puncher, and a hard puncher, so I like when fighters come at me because I can connect with maximum power.  Jo Jo Dan wouldn’t be as favourable.  He’s a southpaw, he moves a lot and that doesn’t make for a good fight either.”

Two of Abregú’s fellow Argentines were in recent action, and the 30-year-old was as keen a spectator as anyone for both the Lucas Matthysse – John Molina thriller and Marcos Maidana’s worthy showing against Floyd Mayweather.

“It was a hard fight and once again showed what Lucas Matthysse is capable of -  he has the heart of a champion.  He always wants to win and gives nothing away.  It was an exciting fight.  John Molina punches very hard, nobody had been able to do that to Matthysse before, and he put him down twice.

“We all wanted ‘Chino’ to win.  From my point of view as a boxer, Maidana did a good job.  He hit Floyd Mayweather maybe more than anyone else has done. 

“Floyd didn’t have it as easy as he had against other boxers, so ‘Chino’ made things difficult.  But he didn’t do enough to win, judges value shots to the head more, Maidana connected with more body shots and judges don’t notice that as much.”

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by mathed on 05-20-2014

[QUOTE=lutenco;14570925]ABREGU is my FAV argentinian boxer and[B] i believe is the most underrated in the sport;[/B]i hope he will get what he deserves;OSCAR is a great man trying to work with ARUM again,he is doing the right thing for fans…

Comment by mathed on 05-20-2014

lol, people are going to see Rios stretched out on the canvas. Abregu has MASSIVE power and he'll put Rios away easily.

Comment by Dean_Razorback on 05-20-2014

[QUOTE=vman075;14571295]Ehh, I think it could beat it. Rios is prob more willing to take punishment than any person in this sport, almost every fight of his is a FOY candidate. I think Matthysse-Molina is slightly overrated, mostly because I think…

Comment by rey guey on 05-20-2014

[QUOTE=vman075;14571295]Ehh, I think it could beat it. Rios is prob more willing to take punishment than any person in this sport, almost every fight of his is a FOY candidate. I think Matthysse-Molina is slightly overrated, mostly because I think…

Comment by vman075 on 05-20-2014

[QUOTE=rey guey;14571215]Abregu vs Rios FOY, although Matthysse vs Molina will be pretty hard to beat[/QUOTE] Ehh, I think it could beat it. Rios is prob more willing to take punishment than any person in this sport, almost every fight of…

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