Rounds boxed: 172
Brandon is a 9 year pro. A contender at 135 pounds, he is a former national amateur champion and current WBA lightweight champion.
Rios has an aggressive style and always makes exciting fights.
Regarding his style in the ring, Brandon said, "I'm very aggressive, I like to come forward a lot. I've always been like that - I like to put a lot of pressure on my opponent.
"But lately, my trainer still lets me put pressure, but he wants me to box more. So I'm learning boxing now. I'm learning both styles - when I need to fight, I'll fight. When I need to box, I'll box."
Regarding his nickname, he said, "My coach, Robert Garcia, and Dr. Anderson, they're the ones that gave it to me. After I had a couple of pro fights, they told me, 'You need a name,' and I was like, 'I don't know one.' So they were watching me fight, and that's all it took - two punches and I dropped the guy - and they were like, 'Look - bam, bam. Let's call him Bam Bam.' "
Ríos vs. Alvarado I
Rios faced Mike Alvarado at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California on October 13. Rios was behind the scorecards until the 6th round where in he hurt Alvarado with a crushing right. Rios was able to stop Alvarado in the 7th as referee Pat Russell stopped the bout at 1:57 of the round.
The fight was voted the 2012 Fight of the Year by the Sports Illustrated.
Major World Titles
Reportedly fought in almost 275 amateur bouts;
Record - 230-35
2004 United States Amateur Featherweight champion
2004 United States Olympic alternate at 125 lbs.
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