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Brandon Rios says he’ll be champion again

Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank

Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank

Former lightweight champ Brandon Rios (31-2-1, 23 KOs) will be looking to get back to form when he takes on Diego Chaves (23-1, 19 KOs) on Aug. 2 in Las Vegas.

“Bam Bam” has been out of action since his lopsided decision loss to Manny Pacquiao last November but Rios remains adamant that his best days or not behind him.

“I know that many people think I’m finished and that I won’t be world champion again, but I know I still have what it takes to be at the top and I’m going to prove it,” said Rios during his media day in Oxnard, Calif.

“The most important proof that I have the desire to be at the top again in boxing is my opponent; I could have just as easily taken on an easier foe and picked up a win, but I don’t want anything easy, I want a tough fight that the fans can enjoy and I think this will be one of those fights,” added Rios.

Rios_Oxnard media day_140723_003aThe 10-round fight will be televised on HBO as the main event of Boxing After Dark, that will also include the junior welterweight title fight between Jessie Vargas and Anton Novikov.

“I’m anxious to get back in the ring,” said Rios. “I haven’t fought in eight months and I was hungry to get back in the gym, get prepared and get back in action so I could leave my heart and soul in the ring.

Rios added that his fight with Mike Alvarado was close and that he felt he deserved the win in their second fight, but said that the Pacquiao fight was very difficult.

“This if a fight that I have to win and I have no intensions of losing,” proclaimed Rios.

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