“It’s going to be a bloody, massacre fight. It’s going to be one of those fights when people are on their feet the whole time.”
Brandon Rios (Top Photo).
“I know it’s going to be a great, thrilling, non-stop action fight and I’m ready for it. Can’t wait.”
Mike Alvarado (Bottom Photo)
likely the spirit of Arturo Gatti will be at ringside on October 13 in
Carson, Ca. when Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios (30-0-1, 22 KOs) and Mike
Alvarado (33-0, 23 KOs ) go to war. Gatti engaged in some of the most
fearsome battles in boxing history. His three fights with Micky Ward
were loaded with drama, suspense, and violence.
Rios wants to
eliminate any lasting odor from his dubious victory over Richard Abril
in April. His inability to make weight (two pounds over the 135-pound
limit) cost him a title. His performance cost him some respect.
the other hand, Alvarado has kept laboring away, knowing his big
opportunity would come. The 140-pound weight class is loaded with
Rios, 26, stands 5’8” with a reach of 68 inches.
Alexander, 32, is an inch taller. Rios won the WBA lightweight title in
2011 when he stopped the game Miguel Acosta in round 10. Five months
later, Rios and Urbano Antillion planted themselves in the middle of the
ring and unloaded on each other. In round three, Rios landed an
overhand right that deposited Antillion on his face. The tough
challenger got up, but was soon on the canvas again. Referee Earl Brown
stopped the bout with Antillion staggering near the ropes. Rios failed
to make the 135-pound limit in his next fight and lost his title. It’s
not clear why Rios attempted to make the 135-pound limit.
debuted in the junior welterweight division in 2004. Unlike Rios, his
weight has never been an issue. Some have complained about the quality
of his opposition. In 2009, he fought Joshua Burns who entered the ring
with a record of three wins and nine losses. Alvarado came from way
behind to stop Amir Khan conquer Breidis Prescott in round 10. In his
last outing, on the undercard of Abril-Rios, Alexander outlasted
Rios is a genuine tough guy. He brings an edgy
hard-hitting style into the ring. He’s all business and likes to hurt
his opponent. His bodywork is impressive, as is his ability to box when
needed. He can overwhelm his adversary with intense combinations. Rios
doesn’t worry about his defensive liabilities. He’ll take three to land
one. His confidence never wavers.
Alvarado likes to stay close
and work the body. He’s not the natural banger that Rios is, but he’s
consistent, and knows how to work the ring. His left hook is above
average. Prescott displayed for the world in 2011 that Alvarado could be
War is an over used term in boxing. Nevertheless, in
this fight, the definition fits. A close bout could turn brutal in the
last few rounds. Alvarado will hang in there like grim death. Rios will
be a beat faster with his punches. Alvarado will land his own heavy
punches, but by the late rounds, Rios will be too far ahead on the
scorecards. The Oxnard resident will still be trying for a knockout. He
might get it, but a decision looks more probable.
The main event
October 13 features Nonito Donaire putting his junior featherweight
world title on the line against fellow super bantamweight champion
Toshiaki Nishioka. The fights will be televised live on HBO Boxing After
Dark, beginning at 10 PM ET/PT.
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