Brandon "Bam Bam" Rios didn't look much like himself the last time we saw him, and he was stopped for the first time in his career, falling to Timothy Bradley Jr via ninth round TKO. After that fight, Rios, 29, announced his retirement from the sport in the ring.
It wasn't long before it came out that Rios (33-3-1, 24 KO) had changed his mind, but a post to his official Facebook page tonight sheds some more light on where he's at mentally now:
"After I had time to think about it, I want to end my love for this sport in boxing the way I started, fighting strong and with everything I had. I didn't train right last time & was not able to bring my best, letting myself & my fans down. Now I'm back at the gym getting in shape, before I even do training camp, with a renewed passion for my sport & fans. Strong basics and some new twists to up my game and when it's time to end on my terms of hard work and victorious."
Rios' training habits have often been called into question, as he has fairly frequently struggled to make weight for fights, and not given himself the best chance to win on fight night. Most of the time, he's gotten through that with toughness and determination, but it really caught up to him against Bradley, who beat up on Rios in their fight.
Do you see Rios coming back strong and refocused, or will this be another instance of him saying the right things, but struggling again in reality? Will you believe it when you see it, in other words?