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Brandon Rios Officially Retires From Boxing

By Rick Reeno

Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas - Following his knockout loss to WBO welterweight champion Timothy Bradley (33-1-1, 13KOs), former lightweight world champion Brandon Rios (33-3-1, 24KOs) announced his retirement from boxing.

Rios, who wasn't in the best shape, went down in the ninth round from a hard shot to the body and the fight was practically over from there.

At the post fight press conference, Rios thanked his promoter Top Rank, the media in attendance, and said his time in the sport was over.

Rios admitted to "not giving it his all" when it came to his camp and the actual in-ring performance. He said his money was well invested and there wasn't any reason to take beatings in the ring for no reason.

"My body is not the same.  I've had a lot of wars and I think it's time to stop. So I don't think I will fight anymore. It's time to retire. I went eight months without training and then when I tried my body didn't react the same," Rios said.

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by New England on 11-09-2015

[QUOTE=paulf;16208923]Brandons been between a rock and a hard place for a long time; he's not a welterweight, and unlike guys like Pacquiao and Bradley, he isn't athletic or skilled enough to hang in a weight class he isn't made for.…

Comment by New England on 11-09-2015

this is really the only option for him. he may retire for a while, hopefully stay in shape, and come back "better than ever" before getting beat up or outboxed again. rios is done. when former LW who makes his…

Comment by TLC8 on 11-09-2015

The guy never beat anyone credible ever. His only claim to fame was he beat the b/c level drunk twice, who beat him once. He was behind on scorecards before Chaves got DQ'd, and on the grand stage, he was…

Comment by paulf on 11-09-2015

Brandons been between a rock and a hard place for a long time; he's not a welterweight, and unlike guys like Pacquiao and Bradley, he isn't athletic or skilled enough to hang in a weight class he isn't made for.…

Comment by IR0NFIST on 11-09-2015

It was apparent from Rios's whole demeanor at the weigh-ins and him coming in overweight that his heart wasn't in it anymore. The fact that he didn't just lose but was knocked down and stopped only reassures his decision to…

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