On November 7th 2015, after being dominated for 9 rounds before having the fight stopped in a title shot against Timothy Bradley in Las Vegas, Brandon Rios announced his retirement from boxing. About one month later, to very little surprise, Rios announced he would continue his career,, but more surprisingly, he will no longer have longtime trainer Robert Garcia in his corner.
Rios, a former lightweight champion who boasts a 33-3-1 record with an impressive 24 of those victories coming via knockout, will instead have his father in his corner training him.
When asked about the situation Garcia, one of the top trainers in boxing, says he still has a strong relationship with Rios.
“Regarding my brother Brandon Rios, I am no longer training him,” Garcia said. “We talked and both came to an agreement that if anyone else should train him it should be his dad. Brandon is like a brother to me and this doesn’t change that. We talk every day and it’s rarely about boxing. My family and I are always Team Rios.”
Garcia went on to talk about the roster of fighters who he will be training, and he boasts about some of these fighters being a big part of the future of boxing.
“With that being said, I had a great run with Brandon, [Marcos] Maidana, [Nonito] Donaire and others, but it’s time for the next wave of RGBA fighters to step into their spots. Right now my focus is my brother Mikey, Josesito Lopez, Evgeny Gradovich, [Julio Cesar] Chavez Jr., Egidijus Kavaliauskas, [Oleksandr] Gvozdyk, Saul Rodriguez, Mikey Perez, a couple of names you will know about soon and many others that will have a great 2016, and are the future of the RGBA.”
Rios, while boasting the impressive career record has lost 3 of his last 5. The victories have come against Diego Chavez and Mike Alverado (in their 3 rd fight) with those losses coming against Timothy Bradley, Manny Pacquiao and Alverado (in their 2nd fight).
Rios certainly would like to get back to having his hand raised more frequently than not when he steps back into the ring, but doing so without the assistance of his longtime trainer may prove a difficult task to accomplish.
The next time Rios will fight has not yet been announced, but this news will certainly add a little bit more intrigue to his return to the ring as the boxing world will look to see just how well Rios will perform without his longtime trainer in his corner.