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Brandon Rios: Timothy Bradley is in my way, he’s my ticket back to the top

Credit: Chris Farina - Top Rank

Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios (33-2-1, 23 KOs), of Oxnard, Calif., his trainer Robert Garcia and manager Cameron Dunkin hosted a workout at Robert Garcia Boxing Academy in Riverside, Calif. today as he prepares to face Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley. Rios will be challenging Bradley, (32-1-1, 12 KOs), of Palm Springs, Calif., for his 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:


“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.”


“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.”


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