Former lightweight champion Brandon Rios (30-0-1, 22KOs), in his first interview since suffering an injury that forced him to withdraw from a scheduled June fight with Mauricio Herrera, discusses his progress, future plans - and some of the boxers who recently called him out.
ITR: Brandon thank you for taking the time to talk to us
BR: No problem, thank you for reaching out.
ITR: You injured your hand during training, how is the recovery going for you?
BR: It’s going pretty good now. I’m still training with my coach Henry Castro. I am grateful to have coach Henry with me through my recovery. He has mentored me through this challenging time in my career. He has been instrumental in my personal life and professional career.
ITR: Have the doctors released you yet?
BR: No. they haven’t but I expect to find out later this week after they do an MRI.
[Brandon has continued to train on his cardio 4 times per week with his strength and conditioning coach Henry Castro, owner of KO Studio].
ITR: What have you been doing during this off-time?
BR: During this off time, I have been spending much of this time staying in shape and spending quality time with my wife Vicky and children. Just recently I went home to Garden City, Kansas to visit my other two kids.
Note: Two weeks ago I personally visited the Rios family and Brandon was looking good, healthy, and slim but more than anything he looked like he was at peace with himself. In true Brandon fashion, he joked around and was playful with all the children present. He was like a little kid himself and brought many laughs and giggles to the faces of the children present.
ITR: Recently on Saturday Night Fights on HBO Adrien Broner called you out as one of the three boxers that he would like to face next. What do you say about that?
BR: I’m not scared of him and would love to fight him [Broner], but with the feud brewing between Golden Boy Promotions and Top Rank Promotions it is unlikely that this fight would even happen. Regardless at the end of the day, like I’ve said before, it’s up to my manager, Cameron Dunkin.
ITR: You actively addressed this on twitter, why?
BR: I wanted to end all rumors that I was scared of him. I’m not scared of him or anyone else. I’m a fighter, that’s what I do. I fight.
ITR: Many fans ask, what about Danny Garcia? Would you take that fight?
BR: Yeah, I’d take it. Why not? But again, unless the feud is squashed [between Top Rank and Golden Boy] none of these fights will happen.
ITR: When are you planning on getting back in the ring?
BR: Like I said, my doctor hasn't released me yet, but we're hoping he does this week or next week. If that happens, October or November is a possibility.
ITR: Do you plan on rescheduling with Herrera?
BR: Well I doubt it because last I read/heard; he is now injured himself in training too (laughs)
ITR: We know you are now moving up in weight class. Who do you want to fight at 140?
BR: Yes, I am. I want to fight the best at 140.
ITR: Any names you’d like to throw out there?
BR: No, not really. Just throw me the best you’ve got. I’ll fight them.
ITR: Going back to your training, what type of training are you currently doing?
BR: I’m doing cardio mostly, light strength and conditioning, and just recently started hitting the mitts a little with Donald Leary. My doctor doesn’t want me using my arm too much yet, as its still healing.
ITR: Where are you training?
BR: I do all this at the KO Studio in Westlake; KO Studio has just opened a second location to their KO Studio chain, in Agoura Hills. I'm proud to announce I support and have endorsed the new KO Studio Agoura, where I will continue with my Strength and Conditioning.
ITR: Is this a new gym for you?
BR: No, I've been doing my strength and conditioning training here in Westlake for about a year and a half; it’s an advanced training studio. I really like it here. Coach Henry is having an open house in October for the new KO Studion Agoura; he’s going to have boxing legend Sugar Shane Mosley, Mickey Garcia, myself, as well as actor Enrique Castillo from Blood In Blood Out and many more, stay tuned. “It’s going to be pretty bad ass.”
ITR: Speaking of bad ass, what is your prediction on the Julio César Chávez Jr. vs. Martinez fight coming up in September?
BR: I think that it’s going to be a pretty cool fight. I think Julio César Chávez Jr. is going to take the win. He’s been improving a lot lately but, Martinez is a good fighter too. It’s going to be a good ass fight. The advantage that Julio César Chávez Jr. has is that he is a bigger fighter.
ITR: Where will you be watching the fight?
BR: I’m hoping that my wife and I can make it to Vegas that weekend but, it’s hard planning when you have a newborn. We are still talking about it.
ITR: Speaking of children, can you tell us something about your personal/family life?
BR: My wife and kids have brought a lot of happiness to my life. My wife has been my biggest cheerleader. I’m just really grateful for my in-laws, they have all been there for me and my family as well as and Donald Leary and his wife Teresa who always help us with both of our kids.
“I’m in a good place right now.”
ITR: Thank you for the interview, are there any last words you’d like to share before we conclude this interview?
BR: We just launched the new line of Bam Bam gear on my website. Go check it out!
Also, I’d like to send a big THANK YOU to all my TEAM RIOS who work very hard behind the scenes: Vicky Rios (my rock and who oversees everything) George Hernandez (website), Hector De La Cruz (Graphic Design), Nancy Rodriguez (PR), Robert Garcia (trainer), Henry Castro (coach) Ernie Gabion (boxing gear) Alicia Magana (Sponsorships).
To all my fans: Thank you for your support and blessings, I will continue to work hard and give you all the fights that you deserve to watch. I will come back stronger than ever! Stay tuned!
To all my haters, keep hating… Your hate is the fuel to my fire.
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