Timothy Bradley and Brandon Rios formally announced their November 7 HBO main event today in Los Angeles, with marketer Bob Arum hyping the bout as one that could be the best of the year, a claim that isn’t really hard to understand given the nature of the two competitors.
Rios (33-2-1, 24 KO) has actually been one of the most exciting action stars of the last five years, and is coming off of a one-sided rout of a broken down Mike Alvarado in January, the third fight in between the two. Their first was a Battle of the Year type bout in 2012.
Bradley (32-1-1, 12 KO) won the Fight of the Year award in 2013 for his war with Ruslan Provodnikov, a fighter with a comparable style to Rios. He last battled on June 27, beating Jessie Vargas for the interim WBO welterweight title. Bradley rose to complete titleholder status when the sanctioning body removed Floyd Mayweather.