On Friday, December 21st, at La Villita Assembly Hall in San Antonio, Texas, WBC US NBC Flyweight Champion Joseph Rios will attempt to knock off yet another undefeated prospect when he faces highly touted boxer/puncher Juan Leija from Houston, Texas.
Since injecting new blood into his camp, with the addition of trainers Rick Morones and Mike Rios Jr, the hard punching title holder has defied the odds by scoring consecutive upset victories over previously unbeaten fighters Joel Garcia and Miguel Diaz.
In his most recent outing, Joseph Rios won the coveted WBC distinction by overwhelming Diaz with relentless aggression and accurate power punches for eight action filled rounds.
The Alamo City fighter claims that his title winning effort is only the beginning.
“I feel like a brand new fighter,” claims Joseph Rios. “Since training with Rick Morones Jr, as well as my brother Mike Rios Jr, my career has been revitalized. I feel so confident every time I step in the squared circle now. I truly believe that I can beat anyone in the Flyweight division at this moment.”
If Rios is indeed successful in defending his title against prospect Juan Leija on December 21st, the rugged fight veteran wants to aggressively pursue the biggest names in the division.
“I’ve been in the fight game for a long time and I’m ready to take on the world,” insists the 30 year old pugilist. “I know I have what it takes to not only compete against the best, but to knock off the heralded fighters in the division…Brian Viloria, Hernan Marquez, Giovani Segura, Sonny Boy Jaro…everyone.”
Talented young trainer Rick Morones mirrors the sentiment of his big punching Flyweight title holder.
“Joseph Rios is amazing,” expounds fight trainer Rick Morones Jr. “He is so determined and focused to win. He has a great, confident attitude in the gym and in the ring, and I genuinely see him giving anyone in the Flyweight division a tough outing. Sometimes in boxing, the magic doesn’t happen until late in certain fighters’ careers. Joseph is one of those fighters.”
“In his mind, he is an undefeated fighter. I call him the Orlando Salido of the Flyweight division.”
The parallels to the current WBO Featherweight Champion are unmistakable.
Both Salido and Rios are achieving great success after learning on the job for several years, and both have recently won recognized titles after beating heavily favored incumbent champions.
Joseph Rios wants to prove his mettle against the best.
“A lot of critics didn’t think I could win the WBC Flyweight title at this stage in my career, but their words have been my motivation,” claims Joseph Rios. “I believe in myself and my team believes in me. I just need the big opportunities now to show everyone what I can do in boxing.”
“I’m ready…bring on the best in the Flyweight division!”