Brandon Rios (31-0, 23 KOs) and Mike Alvarado (33-1, 23 KOs) did what they promised. The two human highlight reels battled tooth and nail at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Ca. with Rios eventually stopping the previously undefeated Alvarado in round seven. The fight was televised on HBO'S "Boxing After Dark" and was featured on the undercard of the Nonito Donaire vs. Toshiaka Nishioka mainevent.
At the opening bell the
fighters met in the center of the ring. They jabbed at each other until
Rios landed a hard right to the side of Alvarado’s chin. Rios followed
his right with a hard right. Alvarado countered with his own combination
that stopped Rios in his tracks. Rios found Alvarado with his left. The
Denver fighter fought back with a cracking combination to end an
exciting first round.
In round two, Rios stalked. Alvarado
continued to work his jab. The bombers traded big uppercuts. A huge
right hand almost put Rios down. A double left hook by Rios stung
Alvarado. Near the end of the round the fighters again traded leather.
Rios landed two left hooks. Alvarado snapped Rios head back with a right
Round three calmed a bit in the first minute. Alvarado’s
longer reach was giving him an advantage. Rios was finding out that
hurting the bigger man was difficult. Rios landed two hard left hooks.
Alvarado stung Rios with a long right. The fighters again traded at the
bell with neither taking a step back.
In Round four Alvarado
cracked Rios with a heavy right. Rios worked the body. Alvarado kept his
distance with an effective jab. Rios dug some more shots to the body.
Alvarado continued to outbox Rios.
Round five saw Alvarado
continue his onslaught. His short punches were causing problems.
Alvarado landed head bobbing combination that hurt Rios. Rios iron chin
was saving him, but his counters weren’t hurting Alvarado. On the
inside, his hooks were effective.
Alvarado landed another hard
right hand a few seconds into round six. Alvarado’s volume of punching
was impressive. He was averaging over a 100 punches a round. With 30
seconds to go in the stanza, Rios landed a very heavy right hand that
hurt Alvarado. Rios was tired, but determined. His fans were chanting
Round seven saw Alvarado back to jabbing. Rios
continued to look to land his right. He knew he had hurt Alvarado in the
previous round. A little past the one minute mark, Rios found the
opening he needed. His explosive overhand punch thudded off Alvarado’s
chin stopping him in his tracks. Rios followed up his advantage with
another right and left. Alvarado stumbled to ropes and caught another
right forcing referee Pat Russell to jump in and stop the contest.
The official time was 1:57 of round seven.
“I wish it could have gone longer, “said Rios in the ring.
“I thought the fight was stopped a little too early,” Alvarado said.
Can anybody say rematch?
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