BRANDON RIOS: “BRADLEY WILL BE MY TICKET BACK TO THE TOP”

RIVERSIDE, CALIF. – Former world champion BRANDON “Bam Bam” RIOS (33-2-1, 23 KOs), of Oxnard, Calif., his trainer ROBERT GARCIA and manager CAMERON DUNKIN hosted a Media Workout at Robert Garcia Boxing Academy in Riverside, Calif. today.

The hot topic?

Two-division world champion TIMOTHY “Desert Storm” BRADLEY JR. Rios will be challenging Bradley, (32-1-1, 12 KOs), of Palm Springs, Calif., for his World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight title next week. Coincidentally, both Bradley and Rios have fought in Fights of the Year in 2013 and 2012, respectively. Here is what Rios, Garcia and Dunkin had to say:

BRANDON RIOS

“We are ready for the best Tim Bradley, the one who beat Juan Manuel Marquez. I have been in camp in Riverside, California for three months. This is the Camp Zone. We brought in three kinds of sparring partners — a boxer, a brawler and a boxer-brawler. I want to get back on top in boxing. Bradley is in my way. Bradley is going to be my ticket back to the top.”

ROBERT GARCIA

“The way to beat Tim Bradley is to put on pressure in the fight and try to knock him out. We plan to cut off the ring and turn this into a real fight. We are not concerned with his change in a chief trainer because Bradley always comes in top condition and is ready to fight. Joel Diaz did a good job with Bradley.”

CAMERON DUNKIN

“Brandon looks sensational – strong, in shape, ready to fight now – he’s a real fighter.”

Promoted by Top Rank®, in association with the Wynn Las Vegas and Tecate, the Bradley vs. Rios world welterweight championship event will take place on Saturday, November 7, at the Thomas & Mack Center on the campus of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. It will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing® beginning at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT. Remaining tickets to the Bradley vs. Rios world welterweight championship event , priced at $400, $250, $150, $100 and $50, tickets may be purchased at the Thomas & Mack Center Box Office, online at http://www.unlvtickets.com/, at UNLVtickets Outlet Town Square Las Vegas and La Bonita Supermarkets. To charge by phone call 702-739-FANS (3267) or 866-388-FANS (3267).

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