Bam Bam Ready for All Welterweights

Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios slugged his way to the welterweight sweepstakes with his knockout victory last weekend.

With his career hanging in the balance like the Sword of Damocles, the Oxnard prizefighter powered his way to victory with a two-fisted attack that left Mike Alvarado looking up at his conqueror.

Rios has punched his way to possible mega fights with several of the top welterweights in the world. It’s a prime position for a fighter who seemed to be hanging on the ropes. Now the world looks rosier.

“He’s a true professional. He took it serious,” said Top Rank matchmaker Brad Goodman. “It was his last hurrah. If he lost the fight he knew he probably wouldn’t fight again. There was no losing. He had to win.”

And win he did with a performance that surprised fans for its dominance, and probably shocked Alvarado, who had beaten Rios a couple of years ago by decision. There was no decision this time. Rios looked like a steamroller as he fired and connected with head snapping uppercuts from the onset.

Rios, 28, a former lightweight world champion, was unbeatable at 135. He probably never could have been beaten if not for the weight problems. Fighting at 147 has proven to be a comfortable fit for the native of Garden City, Kansas, who now lives and trains in Oxnard, Ca.

“People thought I’m a shot fighter, that I’ve been in too many wars,” said Rios before the fight. “Not really. I fought the best in the world. Who could beat Manny Pacquiao?”

Now Rios has an opportunity to face some of the top welterweights in the world not signed with Al Haymon. As some may know, Top Rank and Haymon do not get along and the many welterweights signed with the rival boxing impresario will not be available. But that still leaves plenty left for Rios.

“There can be Tim Bradley, Juan Manuel Marquez, Jessie Vargas. Maybe move up and fight Miguel Cotto,” said Goodman about the possibilities for Rios. “He’s in a very good situation.”

Rios spoke to ESPN chat on Thursday and was optimistic of his future.

“I’m still young and I got a lot of gas in my tank. I still got a ways to go,” said Rios.

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COMMENTS

-The Commish :

Even though most of us saw it coming, the huge win over Alvarado was as much a confidence-builder for Rios as anything else. I realize a win is a win is a win, but one so thorough, so decisive, so totally -one-sided, does wonders for taking floundering egos and confidence and injecting them with new life. Brandon Rios is now filled with that new life. "I feel like I can take on the best welterweights out there," Rios has said in the week since hammering Alvarado to his worst career defeat. We all know that's bravado and machismo and testosterone talking, but it's also a renewed confidence. Realistically, Rios is not going to be facing Floyd Mayweather or Manny Pacquiao in a rematch any time soon, but Rios' words make it clear that he feels he's back to where he was over a year ago, before he lost a lopsided decision to Pacquiao. Where Rios goes from here is anybody's guess, but an interesting matchup might be against Paulie Malignaqggi. The former WBA Welterweight champion has been looking to get back into the ring and fight his way back into contention. Brandon Rios is as good an opponent as he'll find. It is not inconceivable that a victory could put either man back into a title fight. Bam Bam Rios is in a good place right now. -Randy G.


-brownsugar :

Agreed, at Welter the best approach for Rios would be carefull management, Slow and steady within the available talent in the top 20. Putting him in with a young lions like Thurman, Bradley, Brooks, Porter, Provodnikov or even Postol would be career suicide. Selcuk, Malignacci, Vargas or even Guerrero would make far more sense and still be entertaining. The Welterweights are loaded with options.


-riverside :

Bum bum is not going to beat any top welterweight, Paulie should jump on the fight and box circles around him.


-The Commish :

Bum bum is not going to beat any top welterweight, Paulie should jump on the fight and box circles around him.
Lol...I see you think a lot of Rios! -Randy G.


-riverside :

Lol...I see you think a lot of Rios! -Randy G.
LOL, he is all right, . sometimes he talks a bit, but that is part of the game. Rios vs Ortiz would be a good Friday night fight. anything can happen if those two fight. I don't think Rios skills are immense, i believe he will get dominated by any top 15 welterweights.


-Froggy :

LOL, he is all right, . sometimes he talks a bit, but that is part of the game. Rios vs Ortiz would be a good Friday night fight. anything can happen if those two fight. I don't think Rios skills are immense, i believe he will get dominated by any top 15 welterweights.
I agree 100%, he is tough and entertaining but that's not enough to win against the best in the division ! Good for him to make some good paydays though !


-Radam G :

I'm on a different train from most of the crew. Bam Bam is dangerous. He fights up to his competition. And I think that Paulie is over the hill, and would get beat down by him. Paulie does well against hesitant pugs -- not in-your-face, stay-on-your-arse ones. Holla!


-amayseng :

I'm on a different train from most of the crew. Bam Bam is dangerous. He fights up to his competition. And I think that Paulie is over the hill, and would get beat down by him. Paulie does well against hesitant pugs -- not in-your-face, stay-on-your-arse ones. Holla!
Agreed all around . You have to have some pop to keep a guy like Rios off of you. Paulie has no pop, none or he would have beat Broner. Though any skilled boxer, top ten or so beats him. He is never an easy out as he has no quit.


-ultimoshogun :

I'm hoping a fight vs Victor Ortiz gets made. Rios has the bigger heart, Ortiz has the bigger punch. On paper it's a helluva matchup that should be full of drama.


-Skibbz :

LOL, he is all right, . sometimes he talks a bit, but that is part of the game. Rios vs Ortiz would be a good Friday night fight. anything can happen if those two fight. I don't think Rios skills are immense, i believe he will get dominated by any top 15 welterweights.
And he loves to follow you around in circles. Unless he meets someone who fill invite him to a fight he's going to be out iced by the stiff competition at 147. I don't really fancy watching him personally, but his main desire I feel is to milk his current position for every last dime and so we should find him in some entertaining fights.


-Radam G :

I'm hoping a fight vs Victor Ortiz gets made. Rios has the bigger heart, Ortiz has the bigger punch. On paper it's a helluva matchup that should be full of drama.
I'm riding with D2. Vicious(less) Victor Ortiz would quit on the the walk up to da squared jungle. He is no match for a pressure cooker. "I don't deserve this" is his motto. He has a niche in Hollywood in his fantasy roles of making flicks. He should stick with that, because in the rough-arse game of man-i-mano pugilism, he's a straight-up bytttcccchhhhh! Holla!


-ultimoshogun :

I don't know dude, for me it's a "pick 'em" fight. Rios has a great chin but he has been rocked before against guys with less power than Ortiz.


-Skibbz :

I agree with Radam pressure bursts pipes, and think how often Ortiz' pipes been burst already. It's so fragile and practically being held together by loose string. Garcia lets Brandon pound away early and Ortiz folds.


-riverside :

I agree with Radam pressure bursts pipes, and think how often Ortiz' pipes been burst already. It's so fragile and practically being held together by loose string. Garcia lets Brandon pound away early and Ortiz folds.
Skills and power/ stamina i think it's in favor of Ortiz, but Ortiz is missing the Cajones,also seems like they really hate each other and I can only imagine the drama leading up to the fight. Maybe if Ortiz was to grow a pair, he can whoop Rios and everybody will forget all the times he has quitted before, good fight for redemption. I still think it a good fight. Rios ( limited boxing skills and big heart) vs Ortiz ( huge boxing skill and no heart).


-Radam G :

Skills and power/ stamina i think it's in favor of Ortiz, but Ortiz is missing the Cajones,also seems like they really hate each other and I can only imagine the drama leading up to the fight. Maybe if Ortiz was to grow a pair, he can whoop Rios and everybody will forget all the times he has quitted before, good fight for redemption. I still think it a good fight. Rios ( limited boxing skills and big heart) vs Ortiz ( huge boxing skill and no heart).
A big heart usually win against huge boxing skill and no heart. Holla!


-riverside :

A big heart usually win against huge boxing skill and no heart. Holla!
For sure