Not every boxer is a born fighter but in the case of super welterweight Brandon Adams, the description hits the nail on the head. Out of the rough and tough town of Watts, California, just outside of downtown Los Angeles, and as one of nine brothers and sisters, Adams needed to learn quickly to defend himself. Always athletic, it wasn’t until the age of seventeen when Adams grew enough courage to ask Alvin Jones, a neighbor that he knew was involved in the sport, to guide him in the right direction. After questioning his dedication and his focus on the journey they were about to embark, Jones decided to take him under his wing and teach Adams how to fight.
Adams worked with Jones for over a little over a year before he even slipped on a pair of gloves. Out of respect for the sport, Adams did not want to get ahead of himself and first looked to achieve the conditioning needed to compete. Once he was ready, Jones introduced him to trainer Dub Huntley. The septuagenarian Huntley’s career has spanned more than sixty years and has trained Laila Ali, Iran Barkley and Johnny Tapia as well as served as the inspiration for Morgan Freeman’s character Eddie “Scrap-Iron” Dupris in the Oscar award winning film “Million Dollar Baby”. Trained at the famed Broadway Boxing Gym in Los Angeles, the married Adams fought in six amateur fights with a pedestrian record of 4-2 but made his pro debut quickly thereafter in San Diego in early 2011.
With a gritty come-forward style reminiscent of Marvin Hagler and Mike Tyson , the soon to be father proved that his style was much more fit for the paid ranks as he earned a unanimous decision over Erin Beach in his first pro fight. More comfortable as a professional because of the lack of head gear and smaller gloves, Adams began rattling off wins all throughout southern California and even Mexico. His biggest win to date has been against the much more experienced Yair Aguiar who at the time of their bout counted with nearly five times more fights than Adams. Aguiar at that time had faced the likes of Oscar Meza, Antonio DeMarco and Victor Ortiz among others. Adams stopped him in two.
Along with his pro fights, Adams has amassed experience by sparring the likes of Aaron Martinez, former Olympians Carlos and Javier Molina, up and coming prospect Hugo Centeno and former title challenger Freddie “Riel” Hernandez.
Dedicated, focused and charismatic, Adams is considered one of the most promising blue chip prospects Bobby D Presents has in its stable and is gearing up to make a run in 2013 for a regional or state title.
Adams (11-0, 7KOs) of Watts, CA, will be in his stiffest test to date when he faces the experienced Francisco “Panchito” Rios Gil (18-19, 12KOs) of Yavaros, Sonora, Mexico. The twenty-seven year old “Panchito” by far as faced the more competitive opposition in undefeated Troy Corbin, the tough Artemio Reyes and Mike Dallas Jr. Rios Gil is no stranger to the region fighting Pavel Miranda in Tijuana as well as Rafael Cobos. A pro since ’04, Rios Gil has also appeared in Las Vegas in a rematch with Miranda, Canada and in various rings around California.
Adams, 24, went pro in San Diego in early 2011 and since then has put together an impressive ledger of eleven fights, a third of the number for Rios Gil. Despite of the disparity in experience, Adams is to take a step up in competition since he has been on a tear, stopping his last four opponents before the limit. Adams’ last appearance in San Diego was late last year when he stopped Yair Aguiar in two rounds. Since then he has taken over Tijuana knocking out three in a row with the last one in July.
The Adams-Rios Gil bout is scheduled for six rounds in the super welterweight division.
Four more fights flesh out the card featuring local talent such as David Barragan, “Tiger” Smalls and Smokin’ Joe Perez.
The Four Points by Sheraton Hotel is located at 8110 Aero Drive, San Diego. Tickets are available at SanDiegoFights.com or by calling 619.420.8866. Doors open at 6:30pm with the first punch thrown at 7:30pm.