Bam Bam Injured Injured

By Robert Ecksel on June 15, 2012
Bam Bam Injured Injured
A doctor advised Rios to rest the arm for four weeks, which makes training impossible


Boxing can be unforgiving. The demands on every fighter, physical as well as psychological, are incalculable. The same applies to the demands sometimes placed on boxing’s loyal fans.

It’s been a strange year for former lightweight champion Brandon Rios (30-1, 22 KOs). Since being earmarked as a potential savior of the fight game, based on his wins over Miguel Acosta and Urbano Antillon in 2011, the never-say-die warrior has been subject to several curious turn of events.

Rios failed to make weight in his last two outings, against John Murray last December and against Richard Abril, who stepped in as a last minute replacement for AWOL Yuriorkis Gamboa in April. The win over Abril, which enabled to keep his undefeated record, is what can kindly be called a gift decision.

The latest wrinkle in Rios’ star-crossed career is an injury, tendonitis in the elbow that has forced his withdrawal from the scheduled July 7 fight with Mauricio Herrera. A doctor advised Rios to rest the arm for four weeks, which makes training, and losing weight, impossible.

The bout was supposed to be the co-main event on the HBO Nonito Donaire-Jeffrey Mathebula super bantamweight unification bout, but that doubleheader, as least as originally planned, is not taking place.

What next for Brandon Rios?

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  1. Don from Prov 11:21am, 06/15/2012

    What’s next?  Maybe trouble, but Joe is likely right and Brandon will be back soon.  I hope.

  2. Pete The Sneak 06:02am, 06/15/2012

    It appears that the Boxing Year of 2012 will be remembered more for Postponed fights and Bad Decisons than any significant puglistic accomplishments. Shame really…Peace.

  3. Joe 03:45am, 06/15/2012

    The loudmouth from Oxnard may have lost his focus.  Too much too soon - he’ll be back.

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