Rianna Rios’ goal was to serve her country and continue her boxing career.
Some five years after graduating from Ben Bolt-Palito Blanco High School, Rios is still doing both.
Rios, who grew up representing Alice and Ben Bolt in youth boxing tournaments around the country, is now Sgt. Rianna Rios in the U.S. Army at Fort Caron in Colorado Spring, Colo. She’s also chasing her dream of fighting in the Olympic Games, the ultimate prize for amateur boxing. Rios is currently a member of Texas USA Boxing. She fights at 123 pounds.
Rios is stepping into the ring again Saturday and next Friday in the USA vs. Germany Duels in Chattanooga, Tenn. Rios is scheduled to fight Ornella Wahner in both bouts in the 123-pound weight class.
Last week, fought in the 2018 Boxam Tournament in Castellon, Spain. Rios made an impressive tournament appearance against Spain’s Almudena Alvarez De La Puente to advance to the featherweight final. She settled for a silver medal after losing to Ellie April Scotney of England.
In early September, Rios was part of the group of Texas USA women’s high-performance squad to take part in the latest round of high-performance training at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. Over the span of several weeks, Rios and the other boxers underwent numerous training sessions a day, including cardio, strength and conditioning, as well as multiple sparring sessions, in preparation for Boxam Tournament in Spain and the upcoming 2018 Elite Women’s World Championships in Delhi, India in November. Leading the camp was USA Boxing head coach Billy Walsh.
Rios’ biggest win came in December when she won the USA National Boxing Championship at the Elite Female 125 pound lightweight division in Salt Lake City, Utah, Dec. 9. Rios, who was initially ranked 8th in the country, was selected to participate after applying for a wild card. She won unanimous decisions in three straight bouts to become a national champion. She also earned the right to represent the U.S. in international boxing competition, which is key in reaching of her goal of fighting the 2020 Olympic Games.