This matchup offers no suspense. Here, Tim Bradley is the athletic boxer who will stick-and-move away from the slower plodding slugger, Brandon Rios.
On a more interesting note, Bradley seems to be moving in the right direction in getting away from his former trainer, Joel Diaz. The brawler style of Bradley, used since his first meeting with Manny Pacquiao, never suited him and was encouraged by Diaz. As a result, Bradley has under-performed in every fight since Bradley-Pacquiao 1 with the exception of his win over Juan Manual Marquez where he was his vintage boxer self out of a sense of urgency from the damage sustained during the bout with Ruslan Provodnikov.
Teddy Atlas is Bradley's new trainer. The Atlas touch will be apparent if we see a bobbing-and-weaving Bradley who uses his footwork to get position inside to insult the rib-cage with left hooks.
Bradley-Rios should not be very competitive. Rios is lacking too much in speed to keep up with Bradley and was outboxed by Mike Alvarado who, in my opinion, is not himself very athletic. For Rios, the fight to be made was with Provodnikov – a fight which, rightfully, Rios wanted significant pay because of the grueling head-to-head nature of that prospective clash which would have taken years off of the careers of both. Most recently, Rios missed out on a proposed matchup between himself and Kell Brook.
Provodnikov has been ditched by HBO for now, Rios has to win in order not to follow suit. But then again, there is always lord and savior Al Haymon, whom his trainer, Robert Garcia, has praised at the expense of Rios' promoter, Top Rank, Inc.
The fight airs at 9:30pm US Eastern time on HBO on November 7.