Brandon Rios announces his retirement from boxing following TKO loss to Timothy Bradley

Brandon Rios and trainer Robert Garcia prior to his fight with Timothy Bradley (Photo: Naoki Fukuda)


By Chris Robinson

It’s been quite a career for former lightweight champion Brandon Rios.

A Kansas native who now calls Oxnard, Calif. his home, Rios was able to beat the odds stacked against him by winning the WBA lightweight champion of the world while also entertaining fans with several memorable action fights during his career.

On Saturday night, Nov. 7, Rios announced his retirement from the sport of boxing at 29 years of age following a one-sided 10th round TKO loss to Tim Bradley.

Rios was gunning for the WBO welterweight title that his Palm Springs foe holds, but he came up far short on this night. Led by his new trainer Teddy Atlas in his corner, Bradley was sharp and smart throughout the matchup while Rios was painfully sluggish with his attack.

Having had to strip down and weigh in twice before making the welterweight limit of 147 pounds on Friday, Rios re-hydrated to 170 pounds by fight night and it appeared to visibly slow him down while in the ring. He was simply unable to track Bradley down and in return copped some flush shots coming in.

In the ninth round, a pair of body shots dropped Rios twice to the canvas, as he was unable to continue the second time as referee Tony Weeks waved off the action.

Speaking at the post-fight presser conference following the match, Rios believes his career is over.

“I think it’s time to hang them up,” he stated. “I’m done. I think that’s it.”

Check below for the full clip, including all of Rios’ thoughts.

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