Brandon Rios
Weightclass:
Lightweight
Age:
27
Birthplace:
Oxnard, California
Record:
31-2-1, 22 KOs
Height:
5'8"
Reach:
70
Managers:
Cameron Dunkin, Robert Garcia
Trainers:
Robert Garcia (former IBF jr. lightweight world champion)
biography
“Bam Bam”  

Twitter: @Brandon_Rios1 Facebook.com/TopRankBrandonRios
Ranked WBO #3 at 147 pounds…
World championship fights: 4-0, 3 KOs…
Former WBA lightweight world champion, one successful defense…
Interim world championship fights: 0-1…
Former interim jr. welterweight world title challenger…
Former NABF lightweight champion...
2004 U.S. Olympic team alternate (amateur), 125 pounds...
2004 U.S. National Championships (amateur), 125 pounds – Gold Medalist...

At the age of 27, Brandon is a nine-year pro. A former WBA lightweight world champion, he won the title on February 26, 2011, and made one successful title defense. He lost the title when he did not make weight before his second title defense on December 3, 2011, but still won the fight.
He is coming off a 12-round unanimous decision loss in the rematch against Mike Alvarado in his last fight on March 30.
After the fight, Dan Rafael wrote on ESPN.com [excerpts]: In October, Rios and Alvarado put on one of the best fights of 2012…. It was a blazing back-and-forth battle that Rios won by stopping Alvarado on his feet in the seventh round.
It was so good that a rematch was obviously going to happen. So five months later they did it again and to nobody's surprise, Rios and Alvarado produced another classic that was just as good, and maybe even a little better than, the first fight.
As expected, Alvarado and Rios produced another intense brawl with tons of clean punching, ebbs and flows. How this thing went the distance will forever remain a mystery, because the fighters were crushing each other as 5,418 cheered wildly...
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fight history
Fight by Fight – 2013 – VACANT WBO INTERIM JW TITLE CHALLENGE - in his last fight on 3-30-13 in Las Vegas, NV, he lost a 12 round unanimous decision in the rematch against Mike Alvarado (33-1): the bout headlined at Mandalay Bay - it was fast-paced, exciting, and very close; Alvarado was cut over his right eye in the 1st round, and Brandon staggered him with a jab midway through the 2nd, then rocked him with a right hand moments later; Alvarado was cut under his left eye in the 3rd round, but came back and staggered Brandon with a right hand later in the round; Alvarado boxed and moved in the following rounds, and there were repeated hard exchanges; the momentum shifted back and forth – Alvarado swept the 4th on all three scorecards, but Brandon won the 5th, 6th, and 7th rounds on two scorecards; Alvarado won the 8th on two scorecards, then swept the 9th and 10th; Brandon rallied and won the 11th round on two scorecards, but Alvarado finished strongly, swept the 12th, and won by scores of 115-113, 115-113, 114-113; after the fight, Brandon said, "He went to my backyard. I'll go to his backyard. I'm not scared. You know how I roll. I could go 15 more rounds. I'm a warrior - I love to fight! We got to do it again."...
 
2012 – WON VACANT WBO LATINO JW TITLE - on 10-13-12 in Carson, CA, he won by TKO (7th round) against previously undefeated Mike Alvarado (33-0): the bout was co-featured with the Nonito Donaire-Toshiaki Nishioka main event, and it was a tremendous battle – one of the best fights of the year; both fought aggressively and kept relentless paces, both were rocked several times, and both were bruised and battered; almost every round was close – Alvarado rocked Brandon with a series of punches in the 5th round, but Brandon came...
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background
AMATEUR, PERSONAL BACKGROUND: Brandon said, “I was born in Lubbock, Texas, but we moved to Garden City, Kansas, when I was two years old. I got three sisters and one brother. My dad works at a company called Tyson. It’s a slaughterhouse where they slaughter cows and stuff. My mom is a homemaker.
“I started boxing when I was eight years old. My older brother started boxing before me, and I wanted to do what he done, you know, the younger brother wanting to be like the older brother. I wanted to try out for it and he was telling me, ‘You ain’t going to hang, you ain’t going to hang.’ But I kept on with it and now, I like it and I’ve been doing it ever since. He’s not boxing anymore, but I’m still doing it.
“I had like, 400 amateur fights. I think I had at least a hundred-and-something losses, and the rest were wins.
“I won some national tournaments. I won the Silver Gloves. I won the Ringside Nationals, I won the USA Nationals, that’s when I shined. I got all kind of stuff in the mail from our state. Kansas sent me stuff like ‘Athlete of the Month,’ the ‘Best Fighter,’ and all this stuff. It was pretty cool.
“When I was 18, I moved to Oxnard, California. I almost made it through the Olympic Trials. I made it to the Box-Offs - I was an alternate for the 2004 U.S. Olympic team. That’s when I met Robert Garcia. He worked my corner in the Box-Offs, and flew me down here to Oxnard when I was 18.”...
Regarding his nickname, Brandon said, “My coach, Robert Garcia, and Dr. Anderson, they’re the ones that gave it to me. After I had a couple of pro fights, they told me, ‘You need a name,’ and I was like, ‘I don’t know one.’ So they were watching me fight, and that’s all it took - two punches and I dropped the guy. And they were like, ‘Look - bam,...
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Biography

“Bam Bam”  

  • Twitter: @Brandon_Rios1 Facebook.com/TopRankBrandonRios
  • Ranked WBO #3 at 147 pounds…
  • World championship fights: 4-0, 3 KOs…
  • Former WBA lightweight world champion, one successful defense…
  • Interim world championship fights: 0-1…
  • Former interim jr. welterweight world title challenger…
  • Former NABF lightweight champion...
  • 2004 U.S. Olympic team alternate (amateur), 125 pounds...
  • 2004 U.S. National Championships (amateur), 125 pounds – Gold Medalist...

At the age of 27, Brandon is a nine-year pro. A former WBA lightweight world champion, he won the title on February 26, 2011, and made one successful title defense. He lost the title when he did not make weight before his second title defense on December 3, 2011, but still won the fight.

He is coming off a 12-round unanimous decision loss in the rematch against Mike Alvarado in his last fight on March 30.

After the fight, Dan Rafael wrote on ESPN.com [excerpts]: In October, Rios and Alvarado put on one of the best fights of 2012…. It was a blazing back-and-forth battle that Rios won by stopping Alvarado on his feet in the seventh round.

It was so good that a rematch was obviously going to happen. So five months later they did it again and to nobody's surprise, Rios and Alvarado produced another classic that was just as good, and maybe even a little better than, the first fight.

As expected, Alvarado and Rios produced another intense brawl with tons of clean punching, ebbs and flows. How this thing went the distance will forever remain a mystery, because the fighters were crushing each other as 5,418 cheered wildly throughout. Alvarado was nearly knocked down and was badly hurt by a left jab in the second round. But he rallied and they finished the round in a ferocious exchange.

The round was so good that Top Rank promoter Bob Arum, who promoted the all-time classic Marvelous Marvin Hagler-Thomas Hearns middleweight championship fight, said at the Alvarado-Rios II postfight press conference that "the second round, in truth, was the best round I have seen since Round 1 in Hagler-Hearns." It was a great round. Even Mike Tyson, who was ringside, was jumping up and down and cheering.

Alvarado buzzed Rios in the third round with a brutal right, and they continued to trade shots round after round. Alvarado had promised to box more on Saturday than he had in the first fight, and he was able to do it just enough in the second half of the bout to stay ahead of Rios, whose constant pressure was something to behold.

Alvarado fought most of the night with a bad cut over his left eye…. Alvarado's face was a wreck when the fight was over and certainly didn't look like that of the winner. Rios looked pretty clean after the battle he had just been in. But Alvarado deserved this victory….

These guys need a little break from each other. The third fight is always going to be something fans will want to see. [End Rafael item]

Fight History

Fight by Fight – 2013 – VACANT WBO INTERIM JW TITLE CHALLENGE - in his last fight on 3-30-13 in Las Vegas, NV, he lost a 12 round unanimous decision in the rematch against Mike Alvarado (33-1): the bout headlined at Mandalay Bay - it was fast-paced, exciting, and very close; Alvarado was cut over his right eye in the 1st round, and Brandon staggered him with a jab midway through the 2nd, then rocked him with a right hand moments later; Alvarado was cut under his left eye in the 3rd round, but came back and staggered Brandon with a right hand later in the round; Alvarado boxed and moved in the following rounds, and there were repeated hard exchanges; the momentum shifted back and forth – Alvarado swept the 4th on all three scorecards, but Brandon won the 5th, 6th, and 7th rounds on two scorecards; Alvarado won the 8th on two scorecards, then swept the 9th and 10th; Brandon rallied and won the 11th round on two scorecards, but Alvarado finished strongly, swept the 12th, and won by scores of 115-113, 115-113, 114-113; after the fight, Brandon said, "He went to my backyard. I'll go to his backyard. I'm not scared. You know how I roll. I could go 15 more rounds. I'm a warrior - I love to fight! We got to do it again."...

 

2012 – WON VACANT WBO LATINO JW TITLE - on 10-13-12 in Carson, CA, he won by TKO (7th round) against previously undefeated Mike Alvarado (33-0): the bout was co-featured with the Nonito Donaire-Toshiaki Nishioka main event, and it was a tremendous battle – one of the best fights of the year; both fought aggressively and kept relentless paces, both were rocked several times, and both were bruised and battered; almost every round was close – Alvarado rocked Brandon with a series of punches in the 5th round, but Brandon came back and finished the round strongly; after six rounds, the fight was scored 58-56 Rios, 57-57, 57-57; Brandon staggered Alvarado with a right hand in the 7th round, then rocked him with a series of punches and the referee stopped the fight at 1:57; after the fight, Brandon said, "It all comes down to conditioning. I come to fight."...

 

VACANT WBA L WORLD TITLE CHALLENGE - on 4-14-12 in Las Vegas he won a 12 round split decision against WBA interim champion Richard Abril (17-2-1): the fight headlined at Mandalay Bay, and ended with a controversial decision; Brandon did not make the 135-pound weight limit, and only Abril was eligible to win the title; Brandon pressed forward and kept a busy pace, but Abril kept him off-balance with movement, outboxed and outworked him, and clinched repeatedly at close range; most observers thought Abril deserved to win, but the judges scored 115-113, 116-112 Rios, 117-111 Abril; after the fight, Brandon said, "I tried to give it my best. It was a very close fight. I give all the credit to Richard Abril, but he did not come to fight. He did hit me good but like I said, he did not come to fight. It’s not my job to criticize the referee, but Abril was holding a lot throughout the fight. There is nothing I can do about that. We had a feeling he was going to hold a lot after watching tape on him. I did get frustrated. He would hold me like if he was trying to break my arm, and I even told the referee. A win is a win to me. I love it. I think I could have done better. I killed myself trying to make 135."...

 

2011 – LOST WBA L WORLD TITLE - on 12-3-11 in New York, NY, he won by TKO (11th round) against John Murray (31-1): the bout was co-featured with the Miguel Cotto-Antonio Margarito II main event; Brandon lost the title on the scales when he weighed-in at 1.6 pounds over the 135-pound limit, but dominated most of the fight; both fought aggressively and the early rounds were fast-paced and close, but Brandon consistently landed the harder punches and steadily wore him down; he bloodied Murray’s nose in the 4th round, rallied in the middle rounds, and Murray was penalized one point for low blows in the 7th; Brandon finished the fight strongly – he rocked Murray with a series of unanswered punches in the 11th round, and the referee stopped the fight at 2:06; after 10 rounds, Brandon led by scores of 97-92, 98-91, 96-93; after the fight, Brandon said, “Murray is a great warrior. He deserves a lot of respect. I’m sorry for the things I said to him before the fight.”…

1ST WBA L WORLD TITLE DEFENSE - on 7-9-11 in Carson, CA, he won by TKO (3rd round) against Urbano Antillon (28-2): the fight headlined at the Home Depot Center, and it was fast-paced and exciting while it lasted; there was no “feeling-out” process – both moved into close range and traded hard combinations, the momentum shifted back and forth, and both were rocked repeatedly; Brandon scored a knockdown with a right hand that dropped Antillon to his hands and knees in the 3rd round – he followed with a furious attack, but Antillon came back with hard combinations of his own and rallied; Brandon scored another knockdown with another right hand that dropped Antillon face-first in the 3rd – he beat the count and the referee signalled that the fight would continue, but Antillon was unsteady on his feet and the referee stopped the fight at 2:39; after the fight, Brandon said, “I said this fight would come down to the guy who could take the punch best. I was that guy. I’m tough and I’m younger. I’ve got power in both hands. I knew I was going to win because I’m younger and stronger. I knew he’s a good puncher, so I thought it was going to be tougher than it was. He’s a warrior, but the younger and tougher fighter won.”…

 

WON WBA L WORLD TITLE - on 2-26-11 in Las Vegas he won by TKO (10th round) against defending champion Miguel Acosta (28-3-2): the fight headlined at the Palms, and it was fast-paced and exciting; Acosta started fast and dominated the first four rounds – he outboxed and outworked Brandon and rocked him several times; he hurt Brandon badly with a body punch in the 3rd round, then rocked him repeatedly in the 4th - Acosta swept the first four rounds on two scorecards, and won three of the four on the third scorecard; but Brandon kept pressing forward, gradually wore him down, and rallied in the 5th round; Brandon scored a knockdown with a left hook that left Acosta dazed in the 6th, and Acosta was cut over his right eye; Brandon injured his right hand in the 8th round, but scored another knockdown with a left hook later in the round; he scored another knockdown with a series of punches in the 10th – Acosta’s cornermen signalled the end, and the referee stopped the fight without a count at 1:14; after nine rounds, Brandon led by scores of 86-83 on all three scorecards; after the fight, Brandon said, “My dream has come true. A little guy from Kansas - who would have ever believed it? He had hurt me early with a good body shot in the third round, but I sucked it up. When I knocked him down the first time, I knew he was done. Coach kept telling me to get into this guy, and when I went to the body, I hurt him. If you let this guy box, he’ll box your ears off. I was hurt real bad, but I never quit. I stuck in there.”…

 

2010 – on  11-13-10 in Arlington, TX, he won by TKO (5th round) against Omri Lowther (14-2): the bout was co-featured with the Manny Pacquiao-Antonio Margarito main event at Cowboys Stadium, and was made on short notice - Brandon had been training for a fight on Dec. 4, but cut his training camp by three weeks to take the fight; he dominated the fight - Lowther fought tentatively, and Brandon pressed forward, landed the harder punches, and steadily wore him down; Brandon rocked Lowther with a series of punches in the 5th round, and the referee stopped the fight 2:04; after the fight, Brandon said, “I really need this. I had two weeks’ notice. I was too heavy in camp and sluggish, but we got through it.”…

WBA L WORLD TITLE ELIMINATOR - on 9-11-10 in Las Vegas, NV, he won by disqualification (7th round) against previously undefeated Anthony Peterson (30-0): the bout was co-featured with the Yuriorkis Gamboa-Orlando Salido main event, and it was fast-paced and exciting; Peterson was favored to win, but Brandon dominated most of the fight; Peterson boxed well and scored with body punches in the 1st round, but Brandon steadily wore him down after that – he relentlessly pressed forward and landed the harder punches; Brandon staggered Peterson with a series of punches in the 4th, then scored a knockdown with a left hook in the 5th round; Peterson was penalized two points for low blows in the 6th, then landed two more low blows in the 7th round and was DQ’ed at 2:59; the seventh round was scored, and Brandon led  by scores of 68-62 on all three scorecards; after the fight, he said, “Now you all know who Brandon Rios is. Peterson was tough. All fighters are tough. Punching-wise, I didn’t feel his toughness, though I tip my hat off to him. He’s an excellent boxer and is very quick and has skills - but I just came out better, and more victorious tonight. We both landed left hooks. Good thing he got dropped because he stunned me a little bit - I heard ‘dinnnnggggg,’ like Christmas bells or something. He was like, ‘Man, I can’t handle this guy anymore, I can’t trade with him.’ He couldn’t handle the pressure any more.”…

WON VACANT NABF L TITLE - on 2-6-10 in McAllen, TX, he won by TKO (3rd round) against Jorge Teron (23-1-1): the fight headlined at the Convention Center - Brandon pressed forward from the opening bell and quickly wore down Teron; he scored with hard combinations to the head and body, cut Teron under his left eye and bloodied his nose in the 1st round ; Brandon rocked him repeatedly in the 2nd and 3rd rounds, and the referee stopped the fight at 1:13 of the 3rd; after the fight, Brandon said, “This is my greatest win. I worked so hard and was so dedicated in the gym. I hurt Teron right away - I wasn’t going to let up. I kept the pressure on. What a win!”...

 

2009 - on 11-6-09 in Garden City, KS, he won by TKO (1st round) against Lorenzo Estrada (3-15-1): the fight headlined at the Convention Center; Brandon quickly overwhelmed Estrada, and the referee stopped the fight at 2:06 of the 1st round...

On 10-17-09 in Corpus Christi, TX, he won by TKO (7th round) against Manuel Perez (14-4-1): this rematch headlined at Whataburger Field, and Brandon dominated; he pressed forward, bloodied Perez’ nose in the 2nd round, and steadily wore him down; he rocked Perez with a series of punches in the 7th round, and the referee stopped the fight at 1:16...

On 9-12-09 in Tepic, MX, he won by knockout (2nd round) against Daniel Valenzuela (4-7): the fight was on the undercard of the Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.-Jason LeHoullier main event, and Brandon quickly overpowered Valenzuela; he scored one knockdown in the 1st round, then another in 2nd and the referee stopped the fight...

On 5-16-09 in Primm, NV, he won by TKO (5th round) against Oscar Meza (18-2): the fight headlined at Buffalo Bill’s, and it was a fast-paced, exciting battle; Meza outworked Brandon in the early rounds and both landed hard punches, but Brandon scored a knockdown with a left hook-right uppercut combination early in the 5th round, and the referee stopped the fight in mid-count at 0:24...

 

2008 - on 12-19-08 in Denver, CO, he won by knockout (5th round) against Carlos Guevara (12-7-1): the fight was co-featured with the Mike Alvarado-Miguel Huerta main event, and Brandon dominated - he pressed forrward, consistently outworked Guevara, and steadily wore him down; Brandon floored Guevara with a left hook to the body in the 4th round, but the referee mistakenly ruled it a low blow; Brandon scored two more knockdowns in the 5th – the first with a series of left hooks, the second with a left uppercut – and Guevara was counted out at 1:11; after four rounds, Brandon led by scores of 40-36 on all three scorecards...

On 10-3-08 in Denver, CO, he had a 10 round draw against hometown favorite Manuel Perez (12-4): the bout was co-featured with the Mike Alvarado-Manuel Garnica main event; Perez did not make the contracted weight, was fined, and outweighed Brandon 135 pounds to 131.5; it was a good, close fight; both fought aggressively and gave strong efforts, and the momentum shifted back and forth - Brandon outworked Perez in the early rounds, but Perez rallied midway through the fight; the late rounds were close and some observers thought Brandon deserved to win, but the judges scored 96-94 Perez, 95-95, 95-95...

 

On 7-25-08 in Las Vegas he won by TKO (2nd round) against Sandro Marcos (27-18-2): the fight was co-featured wt the Hard Rock, and Brandon quickly overpowered Marcos; he scored a knockdown with a left hook in the 1st round; he scored two more knockdowns in the 2nd – the first with a right hand-left hook combination, the second with a series of punches finished by a right hand; Marcos got up both times, but Brandon staggered him with another series of punches – the referee stopped the fight as Marcos fell to the canvas again and his corner threw in the towel at 2:13...

On 5-17-08 in Aguascalientes, MX, he won a 10 round split decision against Ricardo Dominguez (24-3-2): the bout was on the undercard of the Jorge Arce-Devid Lookmahanak main event at the Plaza Monumental, and it was a good, close fight; Dominguez started fast, rocked Brandon in the 1st round, and the early rounds were close; but Brandon stepped up his pace, rallied in the middle rounds, and steadily wore down Dominguez; Brandon finished the fight strongly and won by scores of 100-96, 98-95 Rios, 95-94 Dominguez...

On 3-14-08 in Cicero, IL, he won by knockout (2nd round) against Alvin Brown (26-10): it was Brandon’s first fight in 10 months, but he dominated and quickly wore down Brown with  and punches in the 1st round; Brandon scored a knockdown with series of punches in the 2nd round, and Brown was counted out at 1:10...

 

2007 – on 5-25-07 in Isleta, NM, he won a 6 round split decision against Carlos Madrid (8-2-2): it was a fast-paced, exciting fight, and several rounds were close and hard to score - Madrid pressed forward and kept a busier pace, but Brandon landed the harder punches; Madrid was cut over his right eye in the 3rd round, and was penalized one point for holding in the 6th – the penalty made the difference for Brandon in a draw and a win - scored 59-54, 57-56, Rios, 57-55 Madrid…

 

2006 – on 12-22-06 in Cicero he won an 8 round unanimous decision against Humberto Tapia (10-3-1): it was a fast-paced, exciting fight; the early rounds were close, but Brandon rallied in the middle rounds and bloodied Tapia’s nose in the 5th round; both fought hard until the final bell; scored 79-73, 79-73, 78-74...

On 10-13-06 in Nogales, AZ, he won a 6 round unanimous decision against previously undefeated Elias Lopez (4-0): scored 59-55, 59-55, 58-56...

On 9-8-06 in Dallas, TX, he won by knockout (3rd round, 2:28) against Wayne Fletcher (5-18-1)...

On 5-5-06 in Maywood, CA, he won by TKO (6th round) against Juan Figueroa (5-3-1): Figueroa staggered Brandon with a right hand in the 2nd round, but Brandon recovered and rallied; he consistently scored with sharp combinations and scored a knockdown with a right hand in the 6th round – Figueroa got up but was unsteady, and the referee stopped the fight at 2:21...

On 3-3-06 in Maywood he won by TKO (3rd round) against Freddy Castro (5-13-5): Brandon scored three knockdowns in the 2nd round; he rocked Castro with a series of punches in the 3rd, Castro’s corner threw in the towel, and the referee stopped the fight at 1:05...

On 1-20-06 in Maywood he won by knockout (5th round) against lefthanded Joel Ortega (4-6): Ortega scored two knockdowns with left hands to the body in the 1st round; Brandon scored a knockdown in the 3rd round, but was penalized one point for punching Ortega when he was down; Brandon dominated the rest of the fight – he bloodied Ortega’s nose and scored two knockdowns in the 5th round – the first with a right hand, the second with a left hook - and Ortega was counted out at 1:55; after the fight, Brandon said, “I had never been hit by a body shot before in my life. My corner told me to relax and take my time. I was able to land combinations, and the knockdowns were able to come naturally.”…

 

2005 – on 11-25-05 in Santa Ana, NM, he won a 4 round unanimous decision against Michael Pare (6-2): scored 40-34 on all three scorecards…

On 9-30-05 in Commerce, CA, he won a 6 round unanimous decision against Angel Mata (11-13): scored 58-56, 58-56, 60-57…

On 7-15-05 in Chicago, IL, he won by TKO (1st round, 2:08) against Jaime Alvarado (3-2-2)…

On 6-18-05 in Maywood he won by knockout (1st round, 1:18) against Ramon Flores (debut)…

On 6-3-05 in Oxnard, CA, he won by TKO (3rd round, 1:11) against Gerardo Robles (1-3)…

On 1-28-05 in Oxnard he won by knockout (1st round, 1:14) against Ricardo Ponce (2-1)…

2004 – on 8-27-04 in Phoenix, AZ, he won by disqualification (2nd round, 1:15) against Abraham Verdugo (3-1)…

He debuted at the age of 18 on 7-23-04 in Oxnard and won by TKO (3rd round, 1:35) against Raul Montes (1-3)...

Amateur / Personal Background

AMATEUR, PERSONAL BACKGROUND: Brandon said, “I was born in Lubbock, Texas, but we moved to Garden City, Kansas, when I was two years old. I got three sisters and one brother. My dad works at a company called Tyson. It’s a slaughterhouse where they slaughter cows and stuff. My mom is a homemaker.

“I started boxing when I was eight years old. My older brother started boxing before me, and I wanted to do what he done, you know, the younger brother wanting to be like the older brother. I wanted to try out for it and he was telling me, ‘You ain’t going to hang, you ain’t going to hang.’ But I kept on with it and now, I like it and I’ve been doing it ever since. He’s not boxing anymore, but I’m still doing it.

“I had like, 400 amateur fights. I think I had at least a hundred-and-something losses, and the rest were wins.

“I won some national tournaments. I won the Silver Gloves. I won the Ringside Nationals, I won the USA Nationals, that’s when I shined. I got all kind of stuff in the mail from our state. Kansas sent me stuff like ‘Athlete of the Month,’ the ‘Best Fighter,’ and all this stuff. It was pretty cool.

“When I was 18, I moved to Oxnard, California. I almost made it through the Olympic Trials. I made it to the Box-Offs - I was an alternate for the 2004 U.S. Olympic team. That’s when I met Robert Garcia. He worked my corner in the Box-Offs, and flew me down here to Oxnard when I was 18.”...

Regarding his nickname, Brandon said, “My coach, Robert Garcia, and Dr. Anderson, they’re the ones that gave it to me. After I had a couple of pro fights, they told me, ‘You need a name,’ and I was like, ‘I don’t know one.’ So they were watching me fight, and that’s all it took - two punches and I dropped the guy. And they were like, ‘Look - bam, bam. Let’s call him Bam Bam.’ ”…

Brandon was married to Vicky Lopez on August 28, 2010…he said, “I’ve got four kids - they’re all named after fighters. Two of them are from a previous relationship I had in Kansas. My son’s name is Marcus Antonio Lopez, like Marco Antonio Barrera only it’s Marcus. He’s seven years old. There was an issue we had with his last name. I wasn’t there to sign the birth certificate, we had a big problem at the time - that’s why he’s Lopez instead of Rios. My oldest daughter is Laila Rios. She was nine on September 1. We got the name Laila from Laila Ali. My youngest daughter, Mia Rios, she’ll be two in December. We named her after Mia St. John. I've got a little boy now. His name is Brandon Rios Jr. – he was a year old on April 18. We named him after a fighter, too – we had to keep the tradition alive!

"I do a lot of charity work with kids. I'm part of 'Parents Against Cancer' - I'm an ambassador for that and go to their events when I'm not training. We're doing another 5-K run for them this year. I've been doing it for a while already, just nobody knows about it. I don't like to put it out there. We also have a little program – me and my wife and a friend started it – 'Momentum for Life.' It's a non-profit organization where we help kids so they can have activities instead of getting in trouble, ending up in gangs, or doing drugs and stuff. We have four or five kids right now. I do a lot of stuff like that. Other than that, I'm just at home with the family and spend my time with my kids. When I'm training, they hardly get any time with me."…

AMATEUR HIGHLIGHTS:

2004 OLYMPIC BOX-OFFS - Cleveland, Ohio, 125 pounds: on 2-27-04 he lost a 23-13 decision against Mickey Bey of Cleveland, Oh....

2004 OLYMPIC TRIALS - Tunica, Mississippi, 125 pounds – double elimination tournanent - GOLD MEDALIST, CHALLENGER’S BRACKET: in his first fight on 2-17-04 he lost a 23-16 decision against Aaron Garcia of Vista, Cal., which put him in the challengers’ bracket; on 2-18-04 he won a 21-16 decision against Carney Bowman of York, Penn.; on 2-19-04 he won a 20-10 decision against Danny Williams of St. Louis, Mo.; on 2-20-04 he won a 35-26 decision against Aaron Garcia of Vista, Cal.; on 2-21-04 he won on walkover against Ray Lampkin of Portland, Ore....

2004 U.S. NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS - Colorado Springs, Colorado, 125 pounds – GOLD MEDALIST: in his first fight on 1-14-04 he won a 19-13 decision against Noel Rodriguez of McKinney, Tex.; in the quarterfinals on 1-15-04 he won a 36-17 decision against Ray Robinson of Philadelphia, Penn.; in the semifinals on 1-16-04 he won a 24-15 decision against Christopher Rizo of Los Angeles, Cal.; in the finals on 1-17-04 he stopped Ray Lampkin of Portland, Ore., in the 4th round...

2003 NATIONAL UNDER 19 CHAMPIONSHIPS - Alexandria, Louisiana, 125 pounds - BRONZE MEDALIST: in his first fight on 8-19-03 he stopped John Herrera III in the 1st round; in the quarterfinals on 8-21-03 he won a 23-15 decision against Damon Murillo; in the semifinals on 8-22-3 he lost a 23-12 decision against Matt Remillard...

2003 NATIONAL GOLDEN GLOVES CHAMPIONSHIPS - Las Vegas, Nevada, 125 pounds: in his first fight on 5-26-3 he won a 4-1 decision against José Perez; in his second fight on 5-28-3 he stopped Joey Gentile; in the quarterfinals on 5-29-03 he lost a 5-0 decision against Mickey Bey...

 

STRENGTHS: Has an aggressive style and good punching power...has good offensive skills and movement...physically strong…tough, durable, and determined, has tremendous heart...is experienced against very good opposition…had a strong amateur background...

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: 9 years, 4 months…33 fights...172 total rounds...36 world championship rounds…12 interim world championship rounds…

AVERAGE LENGTH OF BOUTS: 5.2 rounds...

KNOCKOUT PERCENTAGE: 70 %...

DISTANCE FIGHTS: 12 rounds – 2 (1-1)…11 rounds – 1 (1-0)…10 rounds – 3 (2-0-1)...