SCALE FAIL! Rios Can't Make Weight, Again

BY Michael Woods ON April 13, 2012

Rios Abril Final PC 120411 002aI didn't really see this coming, though in retrospect, maybe I, and we all, should have. For the second fight in a row, brawler Brandon Rios didn't make weight, and caused immense drama the day before a big bout.

Rios this afternoon scaled 137 pounds for his Saturday bout in Las Vegas against Richard Abril. The interim WBA 135 pound title was to be up for grabs, and Rios was two pounds over the limit. The boxer had an hour to hit 135, and he could not. Abril can still win the crown, Rios, who must give up a portion of his purse to Abril, can not.

Top Rank's Carl Moretti talked to TSS after the final word came down that the 29-0 boxer couldn't drop the extra weight. "We're not angry at him, but we're disappointed," he said. "We (don't regret having him fight at 135) because we were told it wouldn't be an issue by his camp."

So, safe to say this is his last fight at 135, which was most were assuming and saying right after the 25 year-old Rios couldn't make the weight against John Murray at Madison Square Garden on Dec. 2 for his Dec. 3 tussle? "I would assume...though this wasn't a fight at 135..he didn't make 135," Moretti said, with half a chuckle.

So, did he talk to the kid? "No. I wouldn't say he was in a talkative mood."

Team Rios, including Cameron Dunkin, seemed confident their guy would hit his mark. They had him overhaul his conditioning and had him with a nutritionist. Rios said he was on target, said he was eating better and would make 135. No dice...

I must note, I was looking for a Rios photo to post earlier today and thought to myself that his face at the press conference Thursday looked not so dissimilar as it did on Dec. 2, like there wasn't enough flesh and fat on there. But I shrugged it off..

Lee Wylie and me emailed on the subject three days ago.

"Also, can Rios still make weight? Abril is comfortable at the weight and is a six footer!" Wylie wrote me.

"Yeah, the weight I think could still be more of an issue than many think," I responded.


I have to think trainer Robert Garcia will get the third degree from some people. Didn't he have Rios on a scale as obsessively as possible in this camp? Does he not have the pull with the kid he should probably have? Does Rios sneak away for furtive fridge runs? All that is maybe immaterial, as the world now knows Rios isn't a lightweight. But we have to keep an eye on the subject, because sometime this sort of thing is mental, a psychological issue, a manifestation of fear of success or failure. Or, maybe, the kid simply has a set point body weight, and it ain't 135 pounds.

Comment on this article

brownsugar says:

Rios has been too big to make the weight for the last year... he reminds me of a 20year old woman who still buys dresses in a size 9 instead of a size 14 because she's still trying to wear his highschool clothes.. what becomes of Rios when he goes up to 140?? will the face first style still work.

SouthPaul says:

Mr Woods

Thanks for the report but this isn't mental or psychological or a raid on the fridge during the wee hours. Well thought out strategy by Team Rios by having their guy hang around a lower weight hoping he can use his size to beat up smaller men. There should be a rule in place that forces the fighter to have to move up now that he's failed two consecutive times to meet the weight requirements for that division. I also have a suggestion for Rios. Less tongue cardio, more early morning road work. Hope to see this motor mouth get stomped on tomorrow night. Too bad the Gamboa bout fell thru---- he certainly would've crushed 'em.

dino da vinci says:

Rios has been too big to make the weight for the last year... he reminds me of a 20year old woman who still buys dresses in a size 9 instead of a size 14 because she's still trying to wear his highschool clothes.. what becomes of Rios when he goes up to 140?? will the face first style still work.

Don't you mean buys a size 1 instead of a size 5? Also, they run odd or even... just sayin'.

brownsugar says:

Dino you devil,..Im just sayin lol.....
Seriouly, Rios has been a big fish in a small pond... wonder what happens at 140

deepwater says:

he didnt back up his talk. he even hired a guy to tel him what to eat. why didnt rios go to the feakin sauna before the weigh in?" on morning of weigh in you weigh yourself. if your over you go hop around in sauna until weight comes off and sleep and rest until weigh in. right off the scale have some fruit ,water, pedialite, and an iv if needed. for 500000 purse this is what you do. if you dont do it you lose respect and your standing.go abril

jzzy says:

No surprise here, Rios looked unhealthy before the weigh in. We now know why Gamboa wasn't interested with Rios. Garcia forcing Rios to 135 shows a lack of confidence in Rios
abilities in the ring. He was simply looking to bully smaller guys. Very unprofessional, but
what else could we expect from these guys. The door is now wide open for Abril.

ali says:

B-Sug lol...your right though he should have been moved up to 140

jzzy says:

Abril camp should've set a limit on what Rios could weigh day of fight if he wasn't goin to make 135. Rios will probably enter ring at junior middle
after he pigs out. Apparently, Abril feels this is to his advantage and will slow Rios down. Go Abril!!!

DaveB says:

This kind of stuff makes you wonder. It really makes him look like a jerk. This could give him a big advantage. His next opponent may just as well not take him seriously and may come in over the limit himself or put some very expensive penalties on him or not take the fight all together. Not good for his reputation and maybe even down right sneaky.

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