At the age of 31, Brandon Rios is an 13-year pro, and currently a contender at Welterweight Division. He is a former WBA Lightweight World Champion, Latino WBO Champion, WBO International Champion, Lightweight NABF Champion who has an aggressive “throwback” style and a warrior’s mentality who makes for an exciting boxer to watch. Rios has total of 38 fights, 33 wins, 25 wins by KO.
Brandon Rios has now moved up to Welterweight division. He is ranked #6 in the United States and #10 in the world in the Welterweight division.
On January 24, 2015 he won by third-round TKO in his third fight against Mike Alvarado.
Rios was Born in Lubbock, Texas and later moved to Garden City, Kansas, when he was two. He is one of 5 children. His passion for boxing started when he was eight following in the footsteps of his older brother.
Brandon said, “I was born in Lubbock, Texas, but we moved to Garden City, Kansas, when I was two years old. I got three sisters and one brother. My dad works at a company called Tyson. It’s a slaughterhouse where they slaughter cows and stuff. My mom is a homemaker. “I started boxing when I was eight years old. My older brother started boxing before me, and I wanted to do what he done – you know, the younger brother wanting to be like the older brother. I wanted to try out for it and he was telling me, ‘You ain’t going to hang.’ But I kept on with it and now, I like it and I’ve been doing it ever since. He’s not boxing anymore, but I’m still doing it.
As an amateur boxer Rios won various national tournaments including “Silver Gloves”; Ringside Nationals; and the US Nationals. When he was eighteen, he moved to Oxnard, California and later became an alternate 2004 U.S. Olympic team. It was at the Olympic trials that he met trainer, friend and mentor Robert Garcia.
Although his love for the sport keeps him in the gym for long periods of time, his passion for family and community is even stronger. In 2011, Rios began supporting PADRES Contra El Cáncer (parents against cancer) a non-profit organization committed to improving the quality of life for children with cancer and their families. His goal is to become a strong Ambassador, helping PADRES raise awareness about childhood cancer and much needed programmatic funds for the organization. “I am very blessed to have a great boxing career and a wonderful loving family. Seeing kids on treatment was a real eye-opener for me.It made me think that they are the real boxing champs. Every day they have to train and work on knocking out their cancer; and if I can be there to support them and let them know I have their back, than that’s what I will do,” said Rios after participating in PADRES’ Annual Holiday Christmas Party.
Brandon is married to his beautiful wife Vicky Lopez-Rios and has 5 children. His 3 daughters, Laila, Mia and Ava are named after renowned boxers Laila Ali, Mia St. John and Ava Knight. His sons, Marcus Antonio, is named after boxing champ Marco Antonio Barrera and the Brandon Lee Rios II named after himself.