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Richard Abril: The Rios Fight Was Easier Than I Thought

By Ryan Burton

WBA interm-lightweight champion Richard Abril (17-3) revealed to BoxingScene.com that his
fight against Brandon Rios (30-0) wasn't as tough as he imagined it would be.  Although
Abril suffered a split decision loss on Saturday night at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, the consensus at ringside was that the Cuban had won the majority of the rounds of the fight.

"The fight was a lot easier than I thought it would be. I was able to block his shots and the fight went according to the plan my trainer (Osmiri Fernandez) made for the fight," said Abril.

Abril said that the key to the fight was that he dictated the pace and didn't get into a brawl with Rios. The Oxnard, CA based Rios is used to imposing his will on his opponents and breaks them down as the fight goes on.

"Rios is used to fighters fighting his fight. I was able to switch it up and I forced him to fight my fight," Abril told BoxingScene. 

Abril's trainer said that if a rematch against Rios can't be secured that they would speak to the WBA about fighting a highly ranked contender and also mentioned interest in unifying titles with WBC champion Antonio DeMarco or facing undefeated contender Mercito Gesta.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Dat on 04-17-2012

Of course it was easy Abril, Rios is a bum-- you just exposed him for being the bum that he truly is. It was great that you schooled Rios, too bad Uncle Bob wouldn't let you win.

Comment by sebastianb7312 on 04-16-2012

TR Boxing is no way gna let that rematch happen.. Same way they didnt want marquez to rematch Pacroid after her got exposed.. By next year Rios, Jr, Pacroid are gna be done... ITs gna be time for a blood…

Comment by Camp Beast on 04-16-2012

The way Abril schooled Rios made it look easy for him. I doubt Arum will let Rios rematch Abril though. He has other plans, i.e., Rios getting the win. I definitely think Abril deserves a big fight now after that…

Comment by BreWall on 04-16-2012

[QUOTE=Pikachu5000;12008372]Boxing is more about personalities nowadays. The fans decide about who they think is cute, has a better personality etc... No one comes to actually see a boxing match.[/QUOTE] I don't give a fckk about these two boxers. I would…

Comment by Ruthless One on 04-16-2012

Abril won that fight, no doubt about it. Anyone else that says otherwise is blind like an earthworm, or a tree.

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