Brandon Rios wants to knockout Richard Abril
By John J. Raspanti, Doghouse Boxing (April 10, 2012) Doghouse Boxing (Photo © German Villasenor)
Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios
By John J. Raspanti, Doghouse Boxing: Undefeated former world lightweight champion Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios, who lost his championship on the scale last year, will get a chance to regain the WBO version of the title this Saturday night (April 14) when he faces unknown Richard Abril at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Abril (17-2, 8 KOs ) talked himself into the fight last month by slapping Rios during a press conference that he (Abril) happened to crash. Rios (29-0-1, 22 KOs ) was there to talk about-facing highly ranked Yuriorkis Gamboa in what to many was a dream fight. Gamboa though had other ideas. He rejected the deal his promoter Top Rank offered and said see ya. This writer refuses to criticize Gamboa’s decision without further information.

Abril challenged Rios to a fight and as mentioned, slapped him. Rios, who loves to fight, wants to hurt Abril for his lack of respect. That slap could be something Abril regrets.

“He's going to go down and go down real hard,” said the hard-hitting Rios. “In the boxing world Abril is in the darkness and I plan to keep him there. I haven't forgotten what he did to me in Miami . He's going to pay big-time for that."

The night of championship boxing also features Mexican icon Juan Manuel Marquez (53-6-1, 39 KOs) facing Sergey Fedchenko (30-1, 13 KOs) of Kharkov , Ukraine for the vacant WBO interim 140-pound world title.

Mike Alvarado (32-0, 23 KOs) and Mark Jones (24-0-1, 12 KOs ) will also be fighting.

All fights can be seen live on HBO Pay-Per-View, beginning at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT.

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