Brandon Rios not only won Fight of the Year against Mike Alvarado, he also won a multitude of new fans and made the light welterweight division the most interesting in recent boxing history. His exciting phone booth style of boxing speaks to millions of fight fans and there are many logical challenges available. The undefeated Mexican-American's grit absolutely connects with boxing aficionados and sports fans alike. His dramatic bout has engendered a wish list of dream fights that could excite fans for the next decade.
At only 26 years old, the 31-0-1 brawler has now cemented his stardom and can seek out blockbuster mega bouts to dazzle the sporting world. The best in boxing rarely thrill fans these days, which contrasts the high volume of punches that Rios' ebullient style produces. While Mayweather and Ward exude technical brilliance and pristine boxing skills, their styles do not beget exuberance.
In fact, it has been over three years since even Manny Pacquiao scored his last knockout win which was over the stalwart Miguel Cotto. Eleven of Brandon's last thirteen fights have earned him knockout wins. This seminal talent is what boxing needs now and this is the right division to make great fights.