Top Rank's Crystina Poncher spoke with lightweight titleholder Brandon Rios yesterday at his media day in New York. Rios (28-0-1, 21 KO) takes on Britain's John Murray (31-1, 18 KO) in the main co-feature bout on the Cotto vs Margarito pay-per-view this Saturday.
On fighting at Madison Square Garden:
"It feels great. I'm glad to be here in New York for the first time, to get some fans from the east coast. I've got a lot of fans from the west coast, so I need some from the east coast now. It feels great. I was happy to be here. But fighting in the Garden, it feels good, you know? A lot of famous fighters, a lot of history behind me. I'm glad I can be part of that now. Honestly, I'm a warrior. I don't really care where I fight, as long as I fight. But honestly, I'm glad to be in New York, though."
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On training in Mexico:
"Actually, when I went out there, I was already adjusted to it. I was already in shape. I was in tremendous shape when I went out there. Right away, the first day, I did six rounds. No problem. It's because before I went out there I was doing the oxygen chamber with Dr. Anderson. It's like breathing in high altitude, training in high altitude. It was like I'm in California but training in high altitude. It didn't really affect me. I was really prepared. It was a great camp. We had fun, we trained hard, but we had fun at the same time, so it was great."
On John Murray and watching film:
"I did watch his last fight with Kevin Mitchell. I seen the mistakes he did in that fight. I seen two other fights before Kevin Mitchell, I think. I seen the mistakes that he done and everything. So I counter off of it. And I worked on it. I've seen him maybe once or twice. Robert's the one that was studying it. That's his job. My job, I watch it once or twice and see what I'm against, and that's it. It's nothing that I can't handle. It's something I'm ready for and prepared for. Hope he's ready. He better be mentally and physically ready, because if he's not, it's gonna be an early night for him."