Brandon Rios is upset with his critics in the media after he failed to make weight for the second straight fight this past weekend, and ultimately wound up winning a very, very, very controversial robbery decision over Richard Abril in Las Vegas. Here's what he said at BoxingScene.com, and it's sort of a 50-50 statement, filled with emotion:
"There are all these critics out there talking shit about me, saying stuff about me - more than half of these motherfuckers are fat and they don't even [lose weight] for their health. I was doing it to get back my title. I did try, it's not like I didn't try and that's why I'm going to 140."
This is a delicate situation in a way, but as a big fat guy who talks shit about boxing all the time, let me be the first to say I take no great offense to this or anything. In part because I know it's pure emotion -- look, maybe elsewhere it was phrased this way, but I couldn't even bring myself to use the word "unprofessional" here.
It's not like I was OK with him missing weight, but to me, the kid clearly got some awful advice and was put in a position to fail. He should not have been trying to make 135 again. On the PPV Saturday, trainer Robert Garcia took some of the blame for making a mistake in trying to get him down again.
And yes, he did try, the same as he did in December. He's absolutely not a lightweight fighter anymore. That is a fact. And Rios goes on to say pretty much that:
"It's just something where I'm fooling myself [that I can make 135]. I'm making myself look like a dumbass in front of y'all folks. It's my fault that I tried to make 135 and I don't blame anyone but myself."
This part I can respect without hesitation. Now it's on him to make 140 and to do it well and move on with his career. I will absolutely not forgive the robbery decision over Abril, but Brandon Rios didn't score the fight, and if you're the conspiracy theory type, the wheel-greasing is above his pay grade, too. Rios has a lot of image rehabbing to do, and a lot of people are flat never going to like him. I expect he'll have this sort of relationship with the media at large for his entire career.