"Training camp has been excellent. I am 100% holed up. I am confident. I am focused. This is one of the best training camps since I fought Peterson. I am ready to show the world and everybody what I can do at 140 now. 135 was good for me but now I am ready for 140...This is going to be a tough fight. Alvarado is a tough jr. welterweight. Our styles are similar. He likes to come forward and I like to come forward. I don't like to play a chess game. I like to go in and handle business and he likes to do that too. It's going to be one helluva fight," stated former lightweight champion Brandon Rios, who talked about his highly-anticipated clash with jr. welterweight contender Mike Alvarado during a conference call to promote their October 13 showdown. Check out what else he and his team had to say!
CONFERENCE CALL TRANSCRIPT
CAMERON DUNKIN: This is a fight that Brandon really asked for and it was a fight that I was real hesitant to take, of course. I wanted to get him a couple of other fights and I talked to trainer Robert Garcia about that. When it presented itself, Brandon was so excited and I didn't want to disappoint him so we went to work on this fight and boy, everyone is very excited about it.
ROBERT GARCIA: As everyone knows Brandon was a big lightweight and hasn't fought at lightweight in about a year. The last two fights he couldn't make weight he was fighting at about 140. People don't realize that Brandon was so big and so strong that he will be comfortable at 140.
BRANDON RIOS: Training camp has been excellent. I am 100% holed up. I am confident. I am focused. This is one of the best training camps since I fought Peterson. I am ready to show the world and everybody what I can do at 140 now. 135 was good for me but now I am ready for 140.
How tough of a fight do you expect this to be?
BRANDON RIOS: This is going to be a tough fight. Alvarado is a tough jr. welterweight. Our styles are similar. He likes to come forward and I like to come forward. I don't like to play a chess game. I like to go in and handle business and he likes to do that too. It's going to be one helluva fight. The fans are going to love it and I'm going to come out victorious in this one.
What do you think about people mentioning this could be "Fight of the Year"?
BRANDON RIOS: I don't really focus on that stuff. If it happens, it happens. We can't talk about that right now because we haven't fought yet. It's pretty cool that people are saying that. That it could hit the "Gatti list" that would be awesome.
Do you think it will be a tough fight?
BRANDON RIOS: Yes I do, because if he fights the way he has been fighting it is going to be one helluva fight. It is going to be one of those fights that is like a Gatti-Ward. I am going to go out and fight like I always do. If he changes, it won't be like that. But if he comes to fight it going to be a great fight.
Will you try to tame Brandon or let him fight a war?
ROBERT GARCIA: We all know how Brandon fights. I'll have to remind him of the little things -- like keep your hands up, keep your chin down. That's my job during the minute break and during the fight. During the fight, Brandon is focused on my voice only and he follows instructions. The word is Brandon has won with no defense, but his last five or six fights he has won and not been tired at all so we have to get in there and throw a lot of punches and get on the inside and work that's his defense. People think he has no defense but I disagree. In his last five fights he fought great fighters and his best defense was his offense.
Do you feel your power will transfer to 140?
BRANDON RIOS: I was 140 making 135 comfortably. I always had the power. I could have fought at 140 and had the power. Now I will be fighting at 140 and hitting like a 147 pounder. That power is going to follow me wherever I go. The power never leaves a fighter. I will be ready 100% and the power will be there right with me.
How do you feel about not making weight?
BRANDON RIOS: I didn't let my fans down. I don't feel anything like that. If you can see the videos, I was trying to make weight. It would be a different story if I didn't try to make weight and I came in heavy and looked heavy but I did try to make my weight. In my last two fights I knew it was starting to get hard. I felt good in the fights but the weight was starting to get harder. I put that behind me and now I am ready for a new division.
What kind of fight do you see against Alvarado?
BRANDON RIOS: The fight I see is we both come forward and I strike him and it is a bloody massacre of a fight. It's going to be one of those fights that people are going to be on their feet the whole time. I told Robert since I started boxing I have been waiting for that type of fight and I hope this is that fight.
Do you feel ready to take a punch from a bit 140-pounder such as Alvarado?
BRANDON RIOS: I am ready to take a punch from a heavyweight-pounder. I don't do it just to do it. I love my job. I love to fight. I love hitting people in the face and I love getting hit. If a heavyweight punches I will still love it and still have smile on my face. There is no difference from a lightweight to a junior welterweight to a welterweight to a heavyweight. It makes no difference to me.
Alvarado said his boxing skills are underrated. Do you buy that he won't make it a war?
BRANDON RIOS: I'll be ready for whatever he brings to the table. If he doesn't want to fight that's good for me. If he wants to fight, it's better for me. I'm not worried about what he brings. I have to worry about what I do when I go in there and fight. We are very confident. In this training camp we were very focused. We haven't done much media. I want to prove a point in this fight and shut him up.
What are you expecting in this fight that you haven't seen before? Alvarado's manager says he makes fights harder than they should be and that he has great boxing skills that have never been seen and that they have some surprises
ROBERT GARCIA: It shows me that he doesn't even know what he's saying. I've only seen him fight the same way. Now they are going to show different skills? If I have a fighter with so many skills I have no idea what he's talking about. We are prepared for a war. If he wants to change his style to a boxer, well, good luck to him.
BOB ARUM: On Tuesday at Fortune Gym in Los Angeles, the four fighters will host a Media Workout. Mike Alvarado will be there at Noon as well as Toshiaka at 12:30 p.m., who arrives in Los Angeles tonight (Oct. 4). At 1:00 p.m. Brandon Rios will be there and at 1:30 p.m. Nonito Donaire will be there. On Thursday, rather than hold a press conference where everyone makes speeches, we are going to have roundtables where the press can go from fighter to fighter to interview these principles and I think that's going to be a lot more fruitful than the droning that goes on in these press conferences. Friday will be the weigh-in and Saturday, UNDER THE STARS, at The Home Depot. Tickets are going unbelievably well. This may be the biggest attendance maybe in many years, for boxing at The Home Depot. We have sold nearly 5000 seats as of now and they are moving very well. We hope to have between 6-7000 seats sold the night of the fight. You give people quality and they respond. One of the things we've done is keep the prices reasonable. The $150 tickets are sold. There are a couple $100's remaining and the rest - $75 and $35. We priced it right for the fans for them to see great fights.
BRANDON RIOS: Everybody out there in the LA area - come to the fight. If not, watch it on HBO. The haters keep hating. I am going out there to make a statement a knockout.
The Super Powers of the junior featherweight and the junior welterweight divisions will go mano a mano, in a sensational night of championship boxing. Top-Five pound for pound fighter and four-division world champion NONITO "Filipino Flash" DONAIRE vs. WBC Diamond Belt super bantamweight champion TOSHIAKI NISHIOKA, and undefeated former world lightweight champion BRANDON "Bam Bam" RIOS vs. undefeated No. 1 junior welterweight contender "Mile High" MIKE ALVARADO.
Promoted by Top Rank®, in association with Teiken Promotions and Tecate, the Donaire vs. Nishioka / Rios vs. Alvarado championship doubleheader will take place Saturday, October 13 under the stars at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. Both fights will be televised Live on HBO®, beginning at 10 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast.)
These four gladiators boast a combined record of 131-5-4 (86 KOs) -- a winning percentage of 94% with 2/3 of those victories coming by way of knockout.
Remaining Tickets for The Home Depot Center's Donaire-Nishioka / Rios-Alvarado championship event, priced at $150 (sold out), $75 and $35, can be purchased online at AXS.com or by phone at 888-929-7849 as well as The Home Depot Center Box Office (open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.). Suites are available by calling 1-877-604-8777. For information of group discounts, please call 1-877-234-8425.
WBO/IBF junior featherweight champion Donaire (29-1, 18 KOs), a native of General Santos City, Philippines, now living in the Bay Area of San Leandro, Calif., enters this fight riding an 11-year, 28-bout winning streak.
Nishioka (39-4-3, 24 KOs), of Hyogo, Japan, boast an eight-year, 16-bout winning streak in his own right, including eight world title fights.
Rios (30-0-1, 21 KOs), the former WBA lightweight champion, from Oxnard, Calif., is on the hunt for his second world title in as many weight divisions. He enters this fight having won 10 of his previous 12 fights by knockout.
Alvarado (33-0, 23 KOs) of Denver, has won 10 of his last 13 bouts by stoppage en route to a career-high No. 1 world rating.
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