Pound-for-pound ranked boxer Timothy Bradley defends his WBO world welterweight title against the ever-tough Brandon Rios on Saturday, November 7 at the Thomas & Mack Center on the campus of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
The live broadcast on HBO World Championship Boxing kicks off at 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT.
“I am excited to get back into the ring on November 7th against a very game and very dangerous Brandon Rios,” said Bradley at the press conference announcing the fight. “I know that Rios is dedicated to giving the fans what they pay for and so am I. I guarantee you that the Thomas and Mack Center will once again deliver a great event.”
Bradley (32-1-1, 12 KOs), a two-division world champion from Palm Springs, California returns to the ring after having outpointed a then-undefeated Jessie Vargas in June of this year. Prior to the Vargas encounter, 32-year-old Bradley had fought to a controversial draw against Diego Chaves last December, after losing in his rematch with Manny Pacquiao in April of 2014. Bradley holds wins over Juan Manuel Marquez, Ruslan Provodnikov, and Manny Pacquiao.
One of boxing’s elite fighters, Bradley will enter the ring with a new trainer in his corner, Teddy Atlas, who Bradley brought on board after surprisingly parting ways with long-time trainer Joel Diaz.
“If I was going to come back to train a fighter, it was going to be one who had shown character in and out of the ring just like Tim Bradley,” said Atlas.
Former world champion Brandon Rios (33-2-1, 23 KOs) of Oxnard, California was last in action with a win in his rubber match against Mike Alvarado and a victory via disqualification over Diego Chaves. Going into those fights, 29-year-old “Bam Bam” Rios had suffered back to back losses to Manny Pacquiao and Mike Alvarado.
“We’ve been looking for a big fight and at last we have it. I’ll be ready,” said Rios.
Co-featured on November 7, Ukrainian featherweight phenom Vasyl Lomachenko (4-1, 2 KOs) puts his WBO World title on the line against Mexican contender Romulo Koasicha (25-4, 15 KOs).
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