The 24 year old, who grew up representing Alice and Ben Bolt in youth boxing tournaments across nation, won the 125 pounds championship in the U.S.A. Saturday Boxing Competition in Salt Lake City, Utah.
With the tournament triumph, Rios solidifies her No. 1 amateur ranking within the country. She earns a bid to the Olympic trials, that can be set for December. If Rios is effective at the trials, then she will advances to an Olympic qualifying tournament abroad to get a place in 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, Japan.
Rios competed in the Team United States Olympic tests before 2016 Olympics, but didn’t advance. This time around, her enthusiasm is more tempered.
It’s a process, she said. It’s only a long process between now and the tests and after this.
Rios, who struggles from Colorado Spring, Colo. Was unbeatable at the U.S.A. Boxing championships. She won 3 consecutive fights by decisions. She conquered Destiny Jasso of Dallas, Isamary Aquiano of Universal City and Yarisel Ramirez of Las Vegas, Nev. throughout the week long tournament.
Rios collaborated with U.S.A. Boxing within the last year in a lot of tournaments, including international showcases. Rios fought in the United States vs. Germany duel in Chattanooga, Tenn. This fall. She fought in the 2018 Boxam Tournament in Castellon, Spain. Rios made an impressive tournament appearance against the Almudena Alvarez de la Puente of Spain to advance to the featherweight final. She settled for a silver medal after losing to Ellie Apr Scotney of England.
In September, Rios is part of the team of Texas United States women’s high performance squad to participate in the most recent form of high performance coaching at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. Over the course of several weeks, Rios and the other fighters failed numerous exercise sessions per day, including cardio, strength and conditioning, as well as several sparring sessions, in planning for Boxam Tournament in Spain and the 2018 Elite Women’s World Championship in Delhi, India. Leading the camp was United States Boxing head coach Billy Walsh.
Rios biggest triumph before this weekend came in December of last year when she won the United States National Championship in the elite female 125 pounds light-weight division in Salt Lake City. Rios, who had been initially ranked eighth within the country, was selected to participate after applying for a card. She won real decisions in three bouts becoming a national champion.