Abril: Marquez vs. Rios Would Be an Awesome Fight!

By Chris Robinson

Sitting at the McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas as he was moments away from boarding a plane to head back to his adopted home of Miami, Florida, interim WBA lightweight champion Richard Abril was a man with mixed emotions on this Monday afternoon.

On one hand, Abril seemed to take solace in the fact that he had performed up to his expectations on Saturday night in his bout with former lightweight champion Brandon Rios at the Mandalay Bay. For twelve slow-paced rounds, Abril confused the aggressive Rios with a boxing style that was mixed with counterpunching as well as some excessive holding.

Scorecards of 116-112 and 115-113 were read in Rios’ favor, with a 117-111 tally going towards Abril. Several people seemed to feel that Abril was robbed of a deserved victory and it was easy to spot the dismay in his voice as he reflected on the fight.

“I believe it wasn’t a fair decision,” Abril would state through my translator Margarita ‘Maggie’ Quinonez. “I went with my fight plan and I believe I won the fight and I believe the judges didn’t do their job properly. I feel that Brandon is a good boxer, but the style I have as a fighter is very hard to figure. I believe he never figured out my style. Brandon didn’t fight me the way he wanted to.”

Shortly after the fight,’s Ryan Burton caught up with Abril’s trainer Osmiri Fernandez, who showed interest in bouts with WBC lightweight champion Antonio DeMarco and unbeaten contender Mercito Gesta, who broke down Columbia’s Oscar Cuero for an 8th round TKO on Saturday night’s undercard.

And while Abril was quick to suggest that he was open to facing anyone and that his priority was to land a fight that would push him up the organization rankings, he did admit that a fight with Gesta was intriguing on some fronts. But as far as worrying about the southpaw stance or sharp-punching of the Mandaue City, Philippines native, Abril didn’t seem too intimidated.

“I don’t worry about that,” Abril said sharply. “Because that’s the same thing they said about [Brandon Rios] and I fought him all the way. No matter what the judges say, I’m sure I won the fight. For me, there’s no worries. Because when I’m in the ring, I go to win all day and all night. I’m going to do what I have to do in order to win.”

As for Rios, he is still in play for a possible July 14th date against revered Mexico City native Juan Manuel Marquez, who pulled out a clear twelve-round decision in his hometown over Sergey Fedchenko as part of Saturday’s split-site pay-per-view telecast.
I had expected Abril to downplay Rios’ chances in such a fight but he offered up a surprising response.

“That’s going to be an awesome fight, because Juan Manuel is a legend and he’s a warrior," said Abril. "And Brandon Rios is a warrior. That would be a very good fight because both of them are fighters who go back and forth, hitting each other. But that’s the difference between me and Juan Manuel Marquez. I don’t play Brandon Rios’ game. I made Brandon Rios go into my game. If Juan Manuel Marquez goes into Brandon Rios’ game, the stronger one is the one who’s going to win. I don’t know who could win, but I believe that’s going to be a very tough fight for both of them.”

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Cinci Champ on 12-29-2012

i would love to see this fight no doubt about it. why not could be a ppv for sure

Comment by jio999 on 04-18-2012

what were the compubox stats for this fight because i just watched it and Abril blew rios out of the water like it was nothing,yes Abril faught a bit ugly but all around it was a true clinic which i…

Comment by garfios on 04-18-2012

[QUOTE=CubanGuyNYC;12017024]Like most everyone else, the first time I heard of Richard Abril was when he showed up at the Rios-Gamboa Miami press conference. Right up until the fight, I wasn't quite sure what to make of him as either a…

Comment by CubanGuyNYC on 04-18-2012

Like most everyone else, the first time I heard of Richard Abril was when he showed up at the Rios-Gamboa Miami press conference. Right up until the fight, I wasn't quite sure what to make of him as either a…

Comment by garfios on 04-18-2012

[QUOTE=Solitario;12015409]Abril should have gotten the decision, but I wouldn't exactly call him humble judging by his last statement: "But that's the difference between me and Juan Manual Marquez. I don't play Brandon Rios' game." There are many differences between the…

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