Brandon Rios
Weightclass:
Welterweight
Age:
28
Birthplace:
Oxnard, California
Record:
33-2-1, 24 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, WBC #6 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 29, Brandon is a 10-year pro. A contender at 147 pounds, he is 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.
One of the ring’s true warriors, Brandon has an aggressive style, great physical strength and punching power, and always makes exciting fights – he has been fighting at the top levels of competition for several years, and is in a “Fight of the Year” candidate virtually every year.
In his last fight on January 24, he won by third-round TKO in his third fight against Mike Alvarado.
After the fight, Dan Rafael wrote on ESPN.com [excerpts]: After Rios and Alvarado waged two phenomenal fight of the year candidates – a Rios seventh-round knockout win in October 2012 followed by Alvarado's decision win in the March 2013 rematch – a rubber match was destined to happen.
After the rematch, Rios loudly said he would be willing to fight Alvarado in his hometown of Denver, and so promoter Top Rank put the fight in a Denver suburb,...
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fight history
Key Fights – 2015 – in his last fight on 1-24-15 in Broomfield, CO, he won by TKO (3rd round) in his third fight against hometown favorite Mike Alvarado (34-3): the scheduled 12-rounder headlined at the 1stBank Center, and Brandon quickly overwhelmed him; he pressed forward, landed the harder punches, and rocked Alvarado repeatedly in the 1st and 2nd rounds; he staggered Alvarado several times in the 3rd round, then scored a knockdown with a right uppercut, and Alvarado did not continue after the round…
 
2014 – on 8-2-14 in Las Vegas, NV, he won by disqualification (9th round) against Diego Chaves (23-1): the scheduled 10-rounder headlined at the Cosmopolitan; it was fast-paced and exciting – and very close – but had repeated fouls; Chaves started fast and outworked Brandon, but Brandon landed the harder punches; Chaves was penalized one point for holding in the 3rd round, and Brandon was penalized one point for throwing Chaves to the canvas in the 5th; Chaves rocked Brandon with two right hands in the 6th round and bloodied his nose, but was cut over his left eye; Chaves was penalized one point for rubbing his glove against Brandon’s eyes during a clinch in the 8th round, and during another clinch in the 9th, Chaves was DQed at 1:26 – again for rubbing his glove against Brandon’s eyes; after eight rounds, Chaves led by scores of 75-74, 75-74 Chaves, 75-74 Rios…
 
2013 – VACANT WBO INTERNATIONAL W TITLE CHALLENGE – on 11-23-13 in Macau, CHI, he lost a 12 round unanimous decision against lefthanded former eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao (54-5-2): the bout headlined at the Venetian Resort; Brandon gave a strong effort and pressed forward, but Pacquiao kept him off-balance with movement, and...
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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,...
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Biography

“Bam Bam”  

  • Twitter: @Brandon_Rios1 Facebook.com/TopRankBrandonRios
  • Ranked WBO #3, WBC #6 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 29, Brandon is a 10-year pro. A contender at 147 pounds, he is 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.

One of the ring’s true warriors, Brandon has an aggressive style, great physical strength and punching power, and always makes exciting fights – he has been fighting at the top levels of competition for several years, and is in a “Fight of the Year” candidate virtually every year.

In his last fight on January 24, he won by third-round TKO in his third fight against Mike Alvarado.

After the fight, Dan Rafael wrote on ESPN.com [excerpts]: After Rios and Alvarado waged two phenomenal fight of the year candidates – a Rios seventh-round knockout win in October 2012 followed by Alvarado's decision win in the March 2013 rematch – a rubber match was destined to happen.

After the rematch, Rios loudly said he would be willing to fight Alvarado in his hometown of Denver, and so promoter Top Rank put the fight in a Denver suburb, where a raucous near-sellout crowd of 5,988 turned out, many of whom surprisingly were rooting for Rios.

Instead of finishing the trilogy with another classic, it was a one-sided demolition as Rios destroyed Alvarado, who quit after the third round. Rios got himself in fantastic condition…. In fact, he, trainer Robert Garcia and their team went to the Denver area two weeks ahead of schedule on their own dime to finish training at altitude so Rios would be as prepared as possible. It showed in a performance that Rios called the best of his career.

About a minute into the fight Rios began to tee off…. He continued to pour it on in the second round. Rios continued to dole out punishment in the third round, ripping Alvarado with every shot in the book, including a powerful right uppercut. The shots were clean and Alvarado was wobbled time and again before one of those uppercuts finally dropped him to his knees. After the round ended, Alvarado was done. [End Rafael item]

Fight History

Key Fights – 2015 – in his last fight on 1-24-15 in Broomfield, CO, he won by TKO (3rd round) in his third fight against hometown favorite Mike Alvarado (34-3): the scheduled 12-rounder headlined at the 1stBank Center, and Brandon quickly overwhelmed him; he pressed forward, landed the harder punches, and rocked Alvarado repeatedly in the 1st and 2nd rounds; he staggered Alvarado several times in the 3rd round, then scored a knockdown with a right uppercut, and Alvarado did not continue after the round…

 

2014 – on 8-2-14 in Las Vegas, NV, he won by disqualification (9th round) against Diego Chaves (23-1): the scheduled 10-rounder headlined at the Cosmopolitan; it was fast-paced and exciting – and very close – but had repeated fouls; Chaves started fast and outworked Brandon, but Brandon landed the harder punches; Chaves was penalized one point for holding in the 3rd round, and Brandon was penalized one point for throwing Chaves to the canvas in the 5th; Chaves rocked Brandon with two right hands in the 6th round and bloodied his nose, but was cut over his left eye; Chaves was penalized one point for rubbing his glove against Brandon’s eyes during a clinch in the 8th round, and during another clinch in the 9th, Chaves was DQed at 1:26 – again for rubbing his glove against Brandon’s eyes; after eight rounds, Chaves led by scores of 75-74, 75-74 Chaves, 75-74 Rios…

 

2013 – VACANT WBO INTERNATIONAL W TITLE CHALLENGE – on 11-23-13 in Macau, CHI, he lost a 12 round unanimous decision against lefthanded former eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao (54-5-2): the bout headlined at the Venetian Resort; Brandon gave a strong effort and pressed forward, but Pacquiao kept him off-balance with movement, and consistently outboxed and outworked him; scored 119-109, 118-110, 120-108…

VACANT WBO INTERIM JW TITLE CHALLENGE – on 3-30-13 in Las Vegas 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…

 

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…

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; 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 him, and clinched repeatedly at close range; some observers thought Abril deserved to win, but the judges scored 115-113, 116-112 Rios, 117-111 Abril…

 

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…

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 pressed forward 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…

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…

 

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…

WBA L WORLD TITLE ELIMINATOR – on 9-11-10 in Las Vegas 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…

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

 

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...

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.’ ”…

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 top opposition…had a strong amateur background...

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: 36 fights...196 total rounds...36 world championship rounds…12 interim world championship rounds…

AVERAGE LENGTH OF BOUTS: 5.4 rounds...

KNOCKOUT PERCENTAGE: 69 %...

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