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Rios: I Hope To Get Marquez or Maidana, I Need a War!

By Keith Idec

NEW YORK — Now that Brandon Rios is finished fighting at 135 pounds, promoter Bob Arum is thinking about potential opponents for Rios at junior welterweight.

As previously reported on BoxingScene.com, the first fight Arum thought of making for him in the wake of Rios’ 11th-round stoppage of England’s John Murray is a seemingly can’t-miss, all-action battle against another unbeaten brawler Arum’s Top Rank Inc. promotes.

“Well, [Rios] can pretty well fight everybody,” Arum said. “But I think the fight that would probably be the most exciting fight that could be made would be Brandon Rios against Mike Alvarado. Boy, would that be a [fight]. I’d pay to see that fight.”

Rios rapidly has become a television attraction due to his fan-friendly style. Denver’s Alvarado also enhanced his reputation by rallying to knock out heavy-handed Colombian Breidis Prescott (24-4, 19 KOs) in the 10th and final round of a bout the 31-year-old Alvarado (32-0, 23 KOs) clearly was losing on the Manny Pacquiao-Juan Manuel Marquez undercard Nov. 12 in Las Vegas.

The 25-year-old Rios (29-0-1, 21 KOs), of Oxnard, Calif., thought he would move up to 140 pounds for his next fight even before losing his WBA title at the scales Friday, when he failed three times to meet the lightweight limit of 135 for his fight against England’s Murray. Rios said before beating Murray (31-2, 18 KOs) on Saturday night at Madison Square Garden that the only fight that could keep him at lightweight at least for the early portion of 2012 was a showdown with unbeaten Cuban Yuriorkis Gamboa (21-0, 16 KOs).

Gamboa hasn’t even fought at junior lightweight, though, so a fight against Rios would’ve had to take place no higher than 135, if it was going to be Gamboa’s next fight. Rios also expressed interest in facing Marquez (53-6-1, 39 KOs) at 140 pounds, assuming Marquez cannot secure an immediate fourth fight against Pacquiao.

“Hopefully we could get him,” Rios said of Marquez. “If we fight with him, that’d be great. If not, there’s [Marcos] Maidana or someone like that there. I want a war.”

Keith Idec covers boxing for The Record and Herald News, of Woodland Park, N.J., and BoxingScene.com.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by lefthook2daliva on 12-06-2011

If he wants a war he'd better stick with Maidana. W/JMM he'll just get a beatin'.

Comment by alfredocantu83 on 12-06-2011

Rios-Maidana or Rios-Guerrero. First one will end in ko for sure

Comment by Froghead99 on 12-06-2011

If Bradley doesn't get the PAC fight, I expect arum to cash out on head butt Bradley. He should make Bradley fight rios.

Comment by richardt on 12-06-2011

Look forward to seeing him at 140. He would rip Bradley's head off. Bradley would be the one backing up, not Rios. And Rios would laugh at Bradley's punches, walk him down and take him out in fine fashion. But…

Comment by voneric on 12-06-2011

Rios should forget Gamboa and move up to 140 where there will be plenty of wars to have. Gamboa will have Rios waiting a year till hes ready move up, so move on. It Sucks that Rios lost focus on…

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