Orange County native Ronny Rios (33-3, 16KOs) hosted a media workout at the TKO Boxing Club in Santa Ana, CA. He was on hand to talk about his upcoming fight while hosting fans, friends, and family to a good showcase of his boxing skills as his prepares for their upcoming matches.
Rios is the mandatory challenger for the WBA and IBF super bantamweight world titles and will be challenging Murodjon Akhmadaliev (9-0, 7 KOs) for the crowns on November 19 as the co-main event of Andrade vs. Quigley, live on DAZN.
Rios has been waiting to secure this moment for a long time.
It will be the second crack at a world title for Rios, who in 2017 lost a twelve round unanimous decision to then WBC super bantamweight champion Rey Vargas.
"I go into every fight with nothing to lose and everything to gain. I don't care about the hype or the negativity. I am just going in there to get the job don and I am having fun with it," Rios said.
"I took a break, stopped coming to the gym for 6 months, but deep down inside I missed it. I spoke to my wife and I told her 'I feel like I can still do it. I feel like the passion is still there.'
"Obviously, I have the experience. I have been doing this for such a long time. I am going to go out there, execute it, and whatever people have to say, let them say it. It doesn't affect me."
"You can't over think these fights anymore. A lot of people don't know and fighters don't talk about what goes on behind closed doors. The mental battles we face with doubt and nerves, all that stuff can start to creep up. Now, for me, it's whatever. I have nothing to lose, this next fight I have everything to gain. The game plan is to win. That is all that matters."