Brandon Rios-Omri Lowther On Manny Pacquiao-Antonio Margarito Card
Unbeaten lightweight (135 pounds) Brandon Rios (pictured above) of Oxnard, Calif., will face Omri Lowther of Toronto, Canada, at a catch weight of 138 pounds on the Nov. 13, HBO-televised, Top Rank Promotions under card whose main event matches WBO welterweight (147 pounds) king and seven-division champion Manny Pacquiao and former titlist Antonio Margarito for the WBC junior middleweight (154 pounds) belt at The Dallas Cowboys Stadium.
Rios' trainer, Robert Garcia, confirmed the situation, which was first reported by Richard Cloutier of BoxingScene.com.
Rios is replacing the injured Kelly Pavlik (36-2, 32 knockouts), who, until suffering a rib injury, was scheduled to face Bryan Lee Vera (17-5, 11 KOs) in a clash of 28-year-olds on the under card of Pacquiao (51-3-2, 38 KOs) and Margarito (38-6, 27 KOs).
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The 24-year-old Rios (25-0-1, 18 KOs) is coming off of a Sept. 11, seventh-round disqualification victory over Anthony Peterson (32-1, 20 KOs) of Washington, D.C., in a WBA eliminator bout. Rios had won six straight bouts, all by knockout, heading into the fight with Peterson.
The 26-year-old Lowther (14-2, 10 KOs) took a five-bout winning streak into August's 10-round, unanimous decision loss to Henry Lundy (19-1-1, 10 KOs).
"I looked him up when Top Rank told us who we were fighting, and right now, all that I know is that his record is 14-2," said Garcia. "But Brandon is just excited and ready to fight. He's always in the gym anyway and ready to go. He loves to sparr, he loves to fight. Today, he just finished going 12 rounds, so he's ready."
Rios was originally scheduled to face 23-year-old Noe Balonos (21-5-1, 13 KOs), of Ciudad Obregon, Sonora, Mex., on Dec. 4 at The Pond in Anaheim, Calif., as part of a big Top Rank Promotions card whose main event features junior middleweight middleweight (160 pounds) contender Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (40-0, 30 KOs) of Mexico against Alfonso Gomez (22-4-2, 11 KOs), of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mex.
That Dec. 4 card will also boast rising WBA interim super flyweight (115 pounds) champion Nonito Donaire (24-1, 16 KOs) of the Philippines against WBA bantamweight (118 pounds) titlist Ukrainian Voldymyr Sydorenko (22-2-2, seven KOs), and, WBC lightweight champion Humberto Soto (53-7-2, 32 KOs), of Tijuana, Baja, Calif., Mex., making his third defense of his title against Mexican-born, Urbano Antillon (28-1, 20 KOs) of Maywood, Calif.
Rios-Lowther will be part of a card that already includes Cuban-born southpaw two-time former Olympic gold medalist and former super bantamweight (122 pounds) Guillermo Rigondeaux (6-0, five knockouts) against Panamanian southpaw featherweight (126 pounds) Ricardo Cordoba (37-2-2, 23 KOs), and Philadelphia welterweight Mike Jones (22-0, 18 KOs) in a bout opposite Mexican-born Jesus Soto Karass (24-4-3, 16 KOs) of Los Angeles.
With Soto fighting on Dec. 4, and WBA and WBO lightweight king Juan Manuel Marquez (51-5-1, 37 KOs) of Mexico defending against Australia's Michael Katsidis (27-2, 22 KOs), Rios sees Nov. 13 as an opportunity to increase his stock toward being considered for a title bout.
Rios trains alongside Margarito at the Boxing Academy of Garcia, who is working with both fighters and will work each of their corners on the night of Nov. 13.
"Yes, I will be doing both, which will be no problem," said Garcia. "I have done it before, but not with this caliber of fights on the same night, but it will be no problem."