Thursday, May 14, 2015

A Frustrated Brandon Rios Can't Land a Good Opponent

It was arguably the fight of Brandon Rios' career. For the third - and most likely final  - time, Rios stepped into the ring to meet arch foil Mike Alvarado...and then he demolished him. People are apt to blame a lot of Alvarado's destruction on Alvarado himself. That's understandable, for the Colorado native has proven to be his own worst enemy.

Yet Rios looked great that night. Just great. The kid was sharp, aggressive and disciplined. I haven't seen the guy look that good, frankly. And now, for a follow up, Rios is...waiting...and waiting...and waiting for a new opponent. That's a bit odd.

Kell Brook literally called Rios out, but when team Rios took the bait, the interest from team Brook seemed to vanish. Why? Brook-Rios would be nothing if not entertaining. It would also generate interest on both sides of the Atlantic. Yet Brook has opted to fight Frankie Gavin instead. Again, why?

Yet it's not just Brook who isn't getting into the ring with Rios. No one is. No one. Indeed, the fighter recently voiced his frustrations to ESNews. And still he waits. The welterweight division is red hot right now. Tim Bradley is facing Jessie Vargas. Amir Khan is facing Chris Algieri. Shawn Porter is facing Adrien Broner (albeit at a catch weight). It would be nice to see someone of note decide to face Rios.

No one's saying Rios is the best in the division - but he's certainly operating towards the top. He's lost all of two times, to notable opponents, no less; one being the great Pacquiao. And yet there's no one of note out there willing to fight the guy at the moment?

Seems strange.

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