Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Brandon Rios Prays For an Antillon War, Talks Marquez

By Chris Robinson

I honestly didn't know what to expect from WBA lightweight champion Brandon 'Bam Bam' Rios during a recent visit to trainer Robert Garcia's Boxing Academy in Oxnard, California recently. Typically a free spirit and an admitted prankster, I thought perhaps Rios' mood might be a bit more subdued because of the recent death of his friend and stable mate Gustavo Rodriguez.
 
Rodriguez was shot and killed nearly two weeks ago after a day of training at the gym and this past Saturday Rios and featherweight contender Mikey Garcia would show a softer side of themselves by hosting a charity drive with all donations going to his family. Despite the incident still fresh in his mind, the 25-year old Rios was adamant about moving forward.
 
"It doesn't affect me," Rios claimed. "We lost a friend and we all know that he is in a better place. Why would it affect us when I have to concentrate on my own business? We did a good deed for him and his family. We did a charity fund for him and his family to help out. It seems like nothing happened."
 
At the moment Rios is wrapped up in his training for his July 9th title defense against former title challenger Urbano Antillon, a man he admittedly has serious disdain for. The two fighters were scheduled to face off with one another thirteen months ago but Rios had to withdraw from the bout due to injury and Antillon was unrelenting with his claims that Rios was ducking him at the time.
 
The emotions boiled over during a recent press conference for the fight in which each man took their shots at the other and Rios hasn't taken a step back.
 
"To me, going into the ring, I feel the same way as I did at the press conference," Rios stated emphatically during our conversation. "The motherf*cker was talking a lot of sh*t saying that I've never been tested and that he's going to take me somewhere where I've never been. Even that I would be thinking about quitting. I'm a warrior, I don't quit. So for him to say some sh*t like that, it's stupid for him. I never quit and I won't quit and I hope he does take me somewhere where he's never taken me."
 
Rios's last fight was a trademark of his abilities as a fighter as he weathered an early storm against Miguel Acosta before turning up the pressure and stopping the Venezuelan inside of ten rounds at the Pearl Theatre inside of the Palms Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. Asked what he felt he showed to everyone that night, Rios' pride shined through.
 
"That I have a great chin, a tremendous chin," stated Rios. "And that a puncher can always be a boxer and a brawler can take it to a boxer and see what they have. And see if they can maintain their boxing skills with the aggressive pressure. That's what I showed with Acosta and Acosta failed the test."
 
With Antillon things should definitely be different as the Maywood slugger has shown himself to be happy coming forward and applying pressure of his own. Pitting his style against Rios' figures to make for a barn burner and the young champion wouldn't have it any other way.
 
"This is the fight that I've been waiting for my whole career," Rios continued. "Hopefully he brings it to me like I've been wanting to do it. I've been wanting to fight so bad, I've been telling my friends and Robert that I have been wanting to go to war. Just go in there and bang the shit out of each other. Just beat the sh*t out each other until one of us falls down. That's the kind of fight I've always wanted. This fight is like that and hopefully he brings it like that."
 
Without looking too far into the future, Rios did make a point to mention fellow lightweight champion Juan Manuel Marquez as a man he would love to face soon. The Mexico City marvel has great timing and accuracy with his punches and it would be interesting to see him in there with Rios but for the moment Marquez has business of his own to handle in the form of a November 12th date with Manny Pacquiao at the MGM Grand.
 
Pacquiao and Marquez had two razor-thin battles previously but Rios is in the majority when believing that Manny is too much right now.
 
"I think it's going to be easier for Manny this time. No disrespect to Marquez, he's a Mexico but I think it's already time for him to hang up his gloves because Manny Pacquiao, I think he's just on a different level right now. He's been fighting at a heavier weight and he's been taking these heavier punches from heavier guys. So I think he will beat the guy easier this time."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by LeadUppercut on 06-25-2011

[QUOTE=ThePhantom5;10742022]Margo lasted pretty long. So did Vasquez. He might have similar genes.[/QUOTE] That is probably right too, Rios is comfortable on the front line. Interesting to hear the recent comments about Kirkland where he is pretty much the same. He…

Comment by lillu89 on 06-25-2011

War Bam Bam :boxing:

Comment by Evil Abed on 06-25-2011

[QUOTE=Pullcounter;10742008][FONT=Arial Black] I predict Rios will be a spent force in boxing by 3-5 years. His style isn't one that lasts long.[/FONT][/QUOTE] Margo lasted pretty long. So did Vasquez. He might have similar genes.

Comment by Pullcounter on 06-25-2011

[FONT=Arial Black] I predict Rios will be a spent force in boxing by 3-5 years. His style isn't one that lasts long.[/FONT]

Comment by Carlos Alberto on 06-25-2011

[QUOTE=Ruffus74;10741496]Brandon Rios got this fight. He's huge for this weight class, last fight came to the ring close to 160 lbs. Antillon is more skills in my mind but too small for Rios. Bam Bam in his fight vs Acosta,…

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (9)
Top Headlines Pacquiao vs. Khan on April 23: Fighters Announce Deal is Reached Deontay Wilder Starts Slow, Stops Gerald Washington in Five Wilder vs. Washington - LIVE BoxingScene Scorecard Jarrett Hurd Rallies To Stop Tony Harrison, Win IBF Title Tony Harrison vs. Jarrett Hurd - LIVE BoxingScene Scorecard Dominic Breazeale Knocks Out Izu Ugonoh in Dramatic Fight Wilder vs. Washington - CompuBox Historical Review Photos: Maurice Hooker Dominates Cristobal Cruz in Mexico Gavin McDonnell: Rey Vargas Beat Me Fair and Square Rey Vargas Decisions Gavin McDonnell, Captures WBC Title Luke Campbell - Drops, Stops and Dominates Jairo Lopez Photos: Andy Vences Open Workout From The SNAC Gym Cody Crowley talks sparring with Mayweather, homecoming bout Tommy Coyle Drills Rakeem Noble in Three Rounds De La Hoya: Chavez Being Overweight Would Be a Slap in The Face Wilder: Fans Not Worried About Klitschko, They Want Me vs. Joshua Canelo Alvarez vs. Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. Rematch in September? Gavin McDonnell vs. Rey Vargas - LIVE Results Breazeale: Ugonoh 'Has to Pay' for My Loss to Anthony Joshua Photos: Eleider Alvarez Blasts Out Lucian Bute in Five Rounds Chavez Jr: My Passion For Boxing is Back, I'm Doing Things Right Deontay Wilder-Gerald Washington: Pre-Fight Report Card Mayweather: Only One Fight That's Important - Me vs. McGregor! Daily Bread Mailbag: Pacquiao-Khan, Broner, Ward, Spence-Brook Gavin McDonnell is Confident That He Will Stun Rey Vargas Bellew: Haye Carries The Sport in Bad Way - a Disgrace To Boxing! Joshua Believes He Will KO Klitschko, Hopes Ref Doesn't Stop It Izu Ugonoh is Unlike Any Polish Heavyweight You've Ever Seen De La Hoya: Mayweather-McGregor is a Disrespect To Boxing! Chavez Sr: The Bet Between My Son and Canelo is Now OFF! Bute: Alvarez Caught Me With a Good Punch, He Deserved To Win Should More Fighters Bet Their Purse? Saul Rodriguez: I'm Pretty Happy With My Performance Rodriguez KO's Narvaez: Antonio Vargas, Teofimo Lopez Win Canelo: Chavez Jr. Did Not Take Advantage of Being Chavez's Son Justin DeLoach KO's Pearson: Saul Rodriguez Survives Big Scare Photos: Canelo, Chavez Jr. - Go Face To Face in Los Angeles Eleider Alvarez Stops Lucian Bute in Five, Earns Stevenson Shot Kavaliauskas Will Return on Lomachenko vs. Sosa Card Deontay Wilder: Titles Aside - I'm The Man To Beat at Heavyweight!
Advertisement
Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement