Brandon Rios announces retirement after Bradley bout

Milan Ordoņez on Nov 08, 2015 01:30 PM
Brandon Rios announces retirement after Bradley bout
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After 11 years inside the boxing ring, Brandon Rios has decided to finally call it quits.

“Bam Bam” (33-3-1, with 24 wins by knockout) established a reputation of being a relentless phone booth fighter who would stand and bang for twelve rounds, if necessary.

But on Saturday night against WBO welterweight champion Timothy Bradley, the 29-year old Rios seemed to have a rude awakening when he was stopped after nine rounds of action.

"My body is not the same no more,” Rios told HBO’s Max Kellerman during the post-fight interview. “I’ve been in a lot of wars. I think it's time to hang it up. I'm done. I think that's it. It was a great run, it is what it is. I'd like to thank the fans for coming out and supporting this. I know I didn't give a great show, but f*ck it, it is what it is.”

"I don't wanna hurt my body, I don't wanna hurt my family, I don't wanna hurt my close friends around me, so I think it's time to hang up the gloves,” he added.

Rios’ most notable battles would be that from his trilogy with Mike “Mile High” Alvarado, where he won the first and third fights.

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