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Q&A: Rios ready for rumble with Gamboa
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Brandon Rios on April 14 opponent, Yuriorkis Gamboa: "The challenge for him is that he's got to handle my pressure and my power."
And when they meet for the vacant WBA 135-pound belt on HBO, the 25-year-old Oxnard, Calif., resident will be disappointed if their fight does not turn into a knock-down drag-out affair.
That's the fashion in which Rios (29-0-1, 22 knockouts) earned the crown nearly a year ago to the day, when he came from behind to dethrone then-WBA beltholder Miguel Acosta via 10th-round knockout on Feb. 26.
During a Q&A interview with RingTV.com, Rios said that he expects a similar scrap against Gamboa (21-0, 16 KOs) to that which he had against Acosta.
Gamboa will be rising in weight to make his lightweight debut against Rios, whom he will fight for the same WBA belt Rios lost on the scales after failing to make weight for the bout against Murray.
RingTV.com's Lem Satterfield recently had an opportunity to talk to Rios about the Gamboa fight and other boxing subjects.