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Photos: Brandon Rios Sparring Like a Beast For Gamboa

Photos and text by Chris Robinson

Oxnard, California- The biggest fight of Brandon Rios’ career is six weeks away as the former champion has his eyes set on an April 14th collision with slick Cuban Yuriorkis Gamboa.

Televised by HBO and set to take place at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Nevada, the bout is an extremely intriguing one given the contrast in styles between the two men. Rios is a rugged and physical bruiser who wears opponents down with heavy shots to the body and head while Gamboa fights with much more finesse yet has shown himself to be reckless on certain occasions.

During a visit to his trainer Robert Garcia’s personal facility on Friday afternoon, Rios could be found going ten heated rounds with a trio of fighters who were doing their best to simulate Gamboa’s tricky style.

The former IBF and WBA champion in the featherweight class, Gamboa will be rising up two weight divisions for the bout and will have to rely on his speed and quickness to carry the day against the hell-bent style of Rios.

Xavier Montelongo, Allan Benitez and Joseph Lara played the role of sparring mates on this afternoon and the sessions were certainly worth studying. All three of the pupils had some form of success early with Rios, moving, boxing, and picking their shots, but as the rounds wore on the pressure and debilitating body attack from the former WBA belt holder would turn the tide of the action.

Rios surprisingly is a slight underdog heading into the bout, perhaps because he looked drained while coming in overweight for his December 3rd bout with Manchester’s John Murray, an act that cost him the WBA belt he cherished. For this contest Rios has hired the services of strength and conditioning coach Cecilio Flores, known best for his work with Sergio Martinez, and is eyeing  a gradual yet comfortable move down to 135 pounds one last time.

Despite being an underdog, all one had to do was catch a glimpse of Rios in training today to tell how focused and confident he is ahead of his dance with Gamboa.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Main Source on 03-05-2012

I really hope Gamboa knocks him out, in style.

Comment by definido7 on 03-04-2012

gamboa wins this fight without a doubtttttttttttttt

Comment by Biolink on 03-04-2012

[QUOTE=Pin Galarga;11849631]From his Town I like Vargas better. At least, He had some boxing behind his bark. IMO Brandon Rios is a streetfight with good punch, but very little skill and a big mouth. I can't believe all the hype…

Comment by iodom03 on 03-04-2012

[QUOTE=EdWins;11852856]Bro imagine if this fight were 15 rounds? :boxing:[/QUOTE] wow, like back in the day, wow Yeah! damn, when you think about it, how used they do it, going 15 rounds, super tough! Were they tougher men back then???

Comment by Bombs on 03-04-2012

One of my fav fighters!!! WAR BAM BAM!!!! :boxing:

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