Robert Garcia Wants 'Very Beatable' Amir Khan for Brandon Rios
Trainer Robert Garcia and 24-year-old rising lightweight (135 pounds) star, Brandon Rios (26-0-1, 19 knockouts), told FanHouse that they would love to entertain potential bouts with 37-year-old WBA and WBO lightweight king Juan Manuel Marquez (51-5-1, 38 KOs), WBC lightweight champ, Humberto Soto (54-7-2, 32 KOs), WBO junior welterweight belt-holder Tim Bradley (26-0, 11 KOs), southpaw WBC champion Devon Alexander (21-0, 13 KOs) or WBA junior welterweight titlist Amir Khan (24-1, 17 KOs).
Soto has a May 7 rematch with Urbano Antillon (28-2, 20 KOs), whom he unanimously decisioned on Dec. 4 in the FanHouse Fight of the Year.
"I would love to see Brandon fight the winner of Antillon-Soto," said Garcia. "And then, after that, if it's not Marquez at 135, then move up to 140 and go after the champions at 140."
Rios is coming off of an HBO pay per view televised, Top Rank Promotions Nov. 13, fourth-round knockout of Omri Lowther (14-3, 10 KOs) that was contested at the Dallas Cowboys Stadium.
For now, however, next up for Rios is a Showtime televised, Feb. 26 appearance opposite 32-year-old WBA king Miguel Acosta (28-3, 22 KOs), who has a 19-fight winning streak the includes 12 knockouts, and stoppages in his previous three bouts.
"F**king Timothy Bradley is a helluva fighter too, but it would be a great fight. A great fight for Cameron Dunkin, because he manages both of them. So I don't think that he's going to want that fight," said Garcia, who would more favor a bout between Rios and Khan.
"That's the fight I would rather get is Amir Khan, because Amir Khan is very beatable," said Garcia. "You know, he's a helluva fighter and a helluva champion, but I think that Brandon's style is perfect to fight Amir Khan."