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Abril Explains Why He Feels Rios is Only "50% Mexican"

By Ryan Burton

In an earlier story written by BoxingScene's Rick Reeno, WBA interm-lightweight champion Richard Abril claimed that Brandon Rios talked too much trash and that he was only "50% Mexican." Abril made those comments at today's Las Vegas press conference for their April 14th pay-per-view fight that takes place at the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino.  

"Rios is only 50% Mexican," Abril boldly announced to the press.

Rios, to his credit, took the high road when it was his turn to speak. He said that he would be civil at this press conference and that if Abril indeed was going to shut his mouth that he would have to stand in the ring and fight rather than run.

"I am going to be calm at this press conference. If he wants to shut my mouth then he needs to stand and fight me and not run around," said Rios.

I caught up with Abril after the press conference and asked him to clarify why he said that Rios is "only 50% Mexican".

"He was born here.  He is Chicano," the Cuban stated.

Abril further clarified his statement by saying that not only is Rios only half Mexican but that he feels that he is more Mexican than his Mexican-American opponent.

"I am more Mexican than him. I like to ride horses and listen to Rancheras (Mexican music)," said a smiling Abril to BoxingScene.com.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Alpha & Omega on 04-12-2012

Rios could be 50% Swedish and 50% Chinese lol whatever...it doesn't matter, he is going to hurt and stop Abril, regardless who is more "Mexican". Enjoy the talking crap pre-fight BS now Abril, you will be on the canvas soon.…

Comment by ralph22 on 04-12-2012

mexicans dont talk or act the way rios is he is a straight up *****

Comment by Hougigo on 04-12-2012

I had salsa with my Nachos last week... yo soy mexicano?

Comment by CubanGuyNYC on 04-12-2012

Too many guys are taking Abril's comments too literally. Richard was being sarcastic. All he meant is that Brandon is not really Mexican, that riding horses and listening to Rancheras is all it takes to make one more "Mexican" than…

Comment by CubanGuyNYC on 04-12-2012

[QUOTE=SekondzOut;11994359]:lol1: @ Mexican being a race...anyway,[B] Bam is gonna beat the cigar smoke outta this dude[/B]....and then he can ride a horse and listen to whatever on his way to the ER....lets get it!! :boxing:[/QUOTE] You mean the way Cunningham…

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