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Hearn likes Brandon Rios for Kell Brook’s next fight on 12/6

IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook’s promoter Eddie Hearn is looking for a slugger to help accentuate Brook’s fighting style and make him look good in his first defense of his title in his next fight on December 6th.

Hearn says he likes the idea of Brook fighting former WBA lightweight champion Brandon Rios next, because he’s a fighter that is well known to American fans and someone that will make it an interesting fight. Continue reading

Rios wins DQ over Chaves; Jesse Vargas hands Anton Novikov his 1st loss; Kovalev KOs Caparello

It seems no one at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, NV was happy with the way the fight between Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios and Diego Gabriel Chaves ended. It was a close, rugged battle that fans undoubtedly were enjoying. They certainly didn’t want it to end so abruptly at the hands of referee Vic Drakulich. Diego clearly didn’t want it to end with him on the losing end. He felt he was winning the fight, and that it was snatched away from him. Even Rios expressed dissatisfaction with the way things ended, but he felt Diego deserved to be penalized.

The fight was a war. Most people thought that it would evolve into a war, but it wasn’t expected to start that way. Diego controlled that surprise. He came out throwing power jabs and hard overhand rights. Would he run out of steam? Rios seemed to be caught off guard initially, but by the second round he already had Diego backing up. He got in close and started throwing punishing shots to the body. Diego was hit with his first penalty point in the third round, apparently for excessive holding. Continue reading

Video: Diego Chaves talks DQ loss

Diego Chaves one on one after DISQUALIFICATION LOSS vs Brandon Rios. Radio Rahim interviews Diego Chaves one one one at post fight press conference vs Brandon Rios. Diego Chaves talks DQ loss vs Brandon Rios. Diego Chaves also talks rematch fight vs Brandon Rios at post fight press conference interview. Diego Chaves talks to Argentinian fans post fight vs Brandon Rios press conference. Continue reading

Referee ruins fight, Rios beats Chaves on DQ; Vargas defeats Novikov

Brandon Rios (32-2-1, 23 Kos) should be on his knees tonight thanking referee Vick Drakulich for saving his career in needlessly disqualifying visiting fighter Diego Chaves (23-2, 19 KOs) in the 9th round at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. Drakulich had been overactive in taking points off from the 3rd round when he took a point off from Chaves for clinching. I still can’t understand why Drakulich disqualified Chaves instead of Rios, who really was the one that was fouling repeatedly by head-butting during every clinch, hitting low and throwing rabbit punches.

From my perspective, it just looked like Chaves was robbed tonight. He came in as the B-side and he was beating the house fighter and getting fouled like mad. Instead of the referee addressing the fouling that Rios was doing, he disqualified the victim of the fouling in giving the hook to Chaves. I can’t remember ever seeing a visiting fighter get shafted as badly as Chaves did tonight. Continue reading

Brandon Rios Promises The Old Bam Bam Against Chaves

The ever-entertaining Brandon Rios has promised to produce his old sparkle as he battles Diego Chaves in a ‘do or die’ contest this Saturday night.

Welterweight star Rios takes on the big-hitting Argentine Chaves this weekend, live and exclusive on BoxNation, and has vowed to get back to winning ways as he looks to bounce back from two defeats on the trot against Manny Pacquiao and Mike Alvarado.

“We’re just going to give the fans what they want. They’re going to see a nice little war in the ring as long as it lasts and it’s going to be a tremendous fight,” said Rios.

“I know he has tremendous skill and punching power, but I have punching power too. And I do have some skills, kind of. But we’re ready 100%. Continue reading

Kovalev “The Krusher” back on the Boardwalk & Rios vs Chaves potential FOTY

Rios claims that he has returned back to earth after his head was stuck in the clouds of success. Alex Ariza is gone from his camp, now he and his world renowned trainer Robert Garcia are going back to the basics. Strength and condition coach or not, Rios better have been on his best behavior to prepare for a hungry and dangerous fighter like Chaves.

Diego Chaves has a snappy jab and loves to throw chopping hooks to the body and head. He favors his left hand for lead hooks and has a decent overhand right to go with it.

The thought amongst fans and media who are picking Chaves are banking on his movement. I question Diego’s capability to outbox Rios only because he hasn’t shown that trait at a high level. He pressed the action for the most part in a loss to Keith Thurman, and in a close victory over Omar Weis. When he was pushed back in both of those fights, he looked very uncomfortable making him vulnerable to a hunter like Rios. Continue reading

Visa Cleared For Chaves – Rios Fight Is On

LAS VEGAS, NV (July 29, 2014) — Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum announced today that the Visa for DIEGO “La Joya” CHAVES has CLEARED and that he will be traveling to Las Vegas to face BRANDON “Bam Bam” RIOS, as scheduled, on Saturday, August 2, at The Chelsea in The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.

Rios (31-2-1, 22 KOs), of Oxnard, Calif., the former world lightweight champion and pound-for-pound all-action fighter, will be making his eagerly-anticipated 2014 debut against one-time interim world champion Chaves (23-1, 19 KOs), of Buenos Aires, in a 10-round welterweight battle. The co-main event will feature undefeated World Boxing Association (WBA) super lightweight champion “The Pride of Las Vegas” JESSIE VARGAS (24-0, 9 KOs), making his first title defense, against undefeated contender ANTON “The Pick Hammer” NOVIKOV (29-0, 10 KOs), of Kopeysk, Russia. Both fights will be televised live on HBO Boxing After Dark®, beginning at 9:45 p.m. ET/PT. Continue reading

Boxing After Dark returns August 2

HBO’s hit late-night boxing franchise returns for an all-action tripleheader of fights from two sites when HBO BOXING AFTER DARK: BRANDON RIOS VS. DIEGO CHAVES, SERGEY KOVALEV VS. BLAKE CAPARELLO AND JESSIE VARGAS VS. ANTON NOVIKOV is seen SATURDAY, AUG. 2 at 9:45 p.m. (live ET/tape-delayed PT) from the Chelsea at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas and Revel Casino Hotel in Atlantic City, exclusively on HBO. HBO Sports teams will be ringside at both events, which will be available in HDTV, closed-captioned for the hearing-impaired and presented in Spanish on HBO Latino. Continue reading

Brandon Rios faces Diego Chaves on BoxNation on August 2nd

LONDON (June 19) – One of boxing’s most exciting action fighters Brandon Rios will be back on BoxNation on August 2nd when he takes on hard-hitting Argentine Diego Chaves.

The welterweight star returns following his courageous loss to Manny Pacquiao last November, and will be looking to get his 2014 campaign off to a bang when he challenges Chaves at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.

The ten-round contest is a crucial one for the 28-year-old Rios who is looking to avoid a hat-trick of defeats following losses to Pacquiao and Mike Alvarado. Continue reading

Ruslan Provodnikov vs. Brandon Rios Is a Growing Thought

According to a recent report by, Team Provodnikov is interested in getting Ruslan and Brandon in the ring.

This would no doubt be an attractive action packed match, as both Rios and Provodnikov are an explosive pair. Provodnikov’s close call loss to Timothy Bradley didn’t seem to affect his state of mind, as he still believes that the victory belongs to him. Beating a very tough opponent in Mike Alvarado in October of last year, adds that much more confidence for Ruslan in his proposed fight against Rios, as it was Alvardo himself that delivered Rios a loss in March of 2013. Continue reading