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Brandon Rios: I'm Mad Over Stoppage, I Was Ready To Continue!

Former two-division world champion Danny Garcia returned with a vengeance, knocking out Brandon Rios in a WBC Welterweight Title Eliminator in the main event of SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING Saturday on SHOWTIME from Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.
 
Returning for the first time since dropping a close split-decision to Keith Thurman in a welterweight world championship unification fight in March of 2017, Garcia reminded fans of his position amongst boxing's elite at 147 pounds with an early candidate for 2018 Knockout of the Year. 
 
Garcia (34-1, 20 KOs) did his best work in the center of the ring, where he was able to box at a distance and fend off Rios' furious pace.  Rios, who returned in 2017 from a brief retirement, was most effective against the ropes where he gave Garcia trouble with his constant pressure and his favorite weapon - a wide overhand right.

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In the ninth round with the fight where Garcia wanted it - in the center of the ring - the Philadelphia native landed a huge counter right to the chin that sent Rios flat on his back.  Rios beat the count, but was clearly wobbly on his feet, forcing referee Kenny Bayless to halt the contest at 2:25 of the ninth. 
 
After the fight, Rios (34-4-1, 24 KOs) was frustrated with the stoppage and promised to return.
 
"I'm mad.  I don't like going out like that," Rios said.  "I'm a warrior, I got back up and I wanted to continue.  I guess they stopped it but I'm mad.  I'm mad because I got up.
 
"I was doing good.  I got lazy with the jab and he came over with the right hand and he caught me.  I'm a warrior.  I'm still in the game.  I didn't think he did much to hurt me.  I think it was closer than what he thought it was.  He just caught me with a lucky punch.  I was ready to continue."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by .!WAR MIKEY! on 02-23-2018

[QUOTE=larry mustafa;18498403]you cant be serious [/QUOTE] he was hurt but I think he was jsut as good as most are when they get back up from a hard shot. Not complaining about the…

Comment by TJ highway on 02-20-2018

[QUOTE=jjsmyth87;18499326]I agree with this. That was the first time he went down the whole fight and he got up fairly quickly. There was only 40 seconds left in the round, he could have easily tied up and recovered. In a…

Comment by BLASTER1 on 02-20-2018

Lucky his legs aloud him to continue. Good stoppage.

Comment by PunchyPotorff on 02-20-2018

What's obvious is obvious... whether Rios admits it or not. And really, the guy isn't that bright anyway. All I can say is... I just HOPE his wife has iron clad control of the finances. Because this guy isn't far…

Comment by Gigantes on 02-19-2018

[QUOTE=.!WAR MIKEY!;18501642]Rios actually believe the reason the figth was stopped was cause the corner stopped it but it was the ref, Robert was on his way inside the ring to stop it aswell.[/QUOTE] 12-21-2017, 03:46 PM [QUOTE=.!WAR MIKEY!;18352886]War Rios! Danny…

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