Brandon Rios Goes Off on Yuriorkis Gamboa, Wants to Fight Antonio DeMarco or Move to 140

Brandon Rios isn't staying quiet about how he feels regarding Yuriorkis Gamboa. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Brandon Rios, for better or worse, has never been one to mince words since coming into the public eye as a pro fighter, and following the controversy of Yuriorkis Gamboa not showing up for scheduled press conferences in Miami and Los Angeles, he's definitely not holding his tongue.

Chris Robinson of the Examiner spoke with Rios, who lashed out pretty heavily. The quotes are after the jump, and if profanity offends you, then probably skip this one.

"I could have been training. I wasted all my fucking time going to Miami for this motherfucker to not show up. I wasted my training, my preparation to get ready for this piece of shit and he’s not showing up. That’s a slap in the face. And it’s disrespectful too. Not only that, but to all his fans and everybody. I think it’s disrespectful."

Rios (29-0-1, 22 KO) and Gamboa (21-0, 16 KO) were lined up to fight on April 14 at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, in a fight that was heaven sent to boxing fans who love good action. The style matchup made it hard to make any clear call on who would win the fight. Getting a toss-up matchup isn't easy these days. This was two guys taking a risk.

In the end, not to be.

Rios, 25, is moving on, and though Top Rank has not officially canceled the fight, it's common knowledge now that this fight is not happening. Rios is searching for a new opponent, which it seems will not be Richard Abril, who confronted Rios in Miami. Mercito Gesta has said he'd like to take the fight, and Mike Alvarado, set for the co-feature against Mauricio Herrera, could also be an option.

Rios says he wants to face WBC lightweight titlist Antonio DeMarco or move to 140, where Alvarado could perhaps be the target.

"If it’s not [DeMarco] then what’s the point of staying at 135? I’d rather fight at 140. The only reason why I would stay at 135 was to fight Gamboa."

DeMarco (26-2-1, 19 KO) is scheduled to face Miguel Roman on March 17 in Mexico, so that could be pretty much impossible, which is a shame because it would be an exciting fight.

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