Brandon Rios will be back on HBO, but when? (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
Steve Kim of MaxBoxing said today on his Twitter account that Brandon Rios' next fight could be pushed back into mid-April. The fight was previously reported as tentatively set for March 3 at the Home Depot Center in California, but there has been some trouble securing the opponent.
It appeared that Rios (29-0-1, 22 KO) was headed for a brawl with fellow all-action fighter John Molina, but there has been a lot of trouble actually putting that bout together. Molina (23-1, 19 KO) is rumored to be having some management issues getting in the way of the fight.
For whatever it might be worth, Dan Rafael's schedule at ESPN.com is still listing Molina as set for a February 17 fight on Friday Night Fights against Marvin Quintero, and it's well known that Rafael pays great attention to his schedule and only puts fights on there when they're truly official. Whether that has anything to do with Rios vs Molina not being made, I do not know.
Trainer Robert Garcia also recently admitted that it appeared the Rios vs Molina fight was "falling apart."