On Feb. 17 at Las Vegas' Mandalay Bay Events Center, former world champ Brandon Rios battles Danny Garcia in a high-stakes contest for 147-pound glory. Tickets can be purchased right here on AXS. In honor of this historic contest, here's a look back at Rios' top five best fights:
Aaron Herrera - 2017
Up until this fight, Rios was known as a guy with fancy footwork and technical striking. He wasn't known for his knockout power. Competing against Herrera changed all that. With a vicious knockout in the seventh frame of action, the Texas native quieted his critics and cemented his status as one of the scariest welterweights on the planet.
Mike Alvarado - 2012
On Oct. 13, 2012, Rios competed against Alvarado in the first bout of what would become one of boxing's greatest trilogies. Rios scored a devastating finish in Round 7, setting up a rematch the following year -- that Alvarado won. When the men finally set up a rubber match in 2015, Rios showed off great heart and warrior spirit, picking up a win after just three rounds.
Raul Montes - 2004
While Montes is relatively unknown, this was a key fight because it marked Rios' professional debut. Close to 14 years ago, with the Texas still in his early teenage years, he delivered an epic knockout -- finishing at the 1:35-mark of Round 3.
Humberto Tapia - 2006
Tapia was the first big name that Rios beat. Getting a victory over a well-known veteran was extremely important because it set him up for many more high-profile fights in the years that followed. In this fight, held in December of 2006 at Cicero Stadium in Illinois, Rios picked up a unanimous decision win.
Jorge Teron - 2010
This win is notable because an important world title -- the NABF lightweight championship -- was on the line. Rios stayed in the pocket, battering his opponent until the finish came in the third frame. The ref called a stop to the action at the 1:13-mark of Round 3, making Rios a world champion.