Rios and Alavarado on Collision Course For Third Time

They rumbled in 2012, and then again in 2013. The series stands at 1-1 and the tie-breaker will unfold on January 24, in Denver.

Brandon Rios, the gritty ‘n busy Cali based boxer who is a grizzled 28, is looking to bottle the vivacity he showed in their inaugural tangle. Rios won that clash, via TKO7, but was outboxed by the not untalented but also not-infrequent-target-of-law enforcement Alvarado in the sequel, UD12.

Some perceive both to be on the downward crest of their career waves, as Rios dropped outings to Alvie and then Manny Pacquiao, before bouncing back with a DQ9 win over Diego Chaves last September. Alvarado, at 34, is coming off back to back losses and a stint of mandatory fingerprinting courtesy the Denver PD, after getting snagged for carrying a handgun on Jan. 3, a no no for a rap-sheet regular. The physical punishment taken in losses in three of his last four tangles, to Rios, Ruslan Provodnikov and then Juan Manuel Marquez, in his last violent waltz, last May, has many predictors tapping Rios to uneven the score in his favor. Mental anguish stemming from a possible re-entry into the penal system for Alvarado, some say, could give Rios a mental edge, as well.

Check out this digital short from HBO, “Road to Rios-Alvarado 3,” here, and learn about their rivalry, or re-familiarize yourself with the duo’s exploits:

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COMMENTS

-brownsugar :

This a good fight. Looking forward to watching.. ...but please no part 4....shades of Marquez vs Vaquez . Curiously an even greater bloodbath ( and I mean that euphemistically ) is in the making. There are rumbling that Provodnikov vs Mathysse might get made. .... The battle for brawler supremacy may soon be upon us. I'm picking the Siberian Rocky if they do fight.


-Radam G :

I'm not buying into this thing being a good scrap. "Mile High" Mike is badly shot. So for Bam Bam, it is going to be an easy rap. I syet you not. Holla!


-oubobcat :

I do think it will be a good fight in part due to the fact that Alvarado is on the down side of his career. I would not call him shot but he definitely is not the same fighter he was just a few years ago. His lifestyle plus ring beatings, particularly the beating he took at the hands of Provodnikov, have taken something out of him. I don't think Alvarado will be able to use his legs like he did in the 2nd fight with Rios. Alvarado will stand and trade more in this fight than he did in the other two. This will play right into Rios's hands. It will be fun while it lasts but I do see Rios coming on as the fight progresses and getting a stoppage win.


-The Commish :

I'm not buying into this thing being a good scrap. "Mile High" Mike is badly shot. So for Bam Bam, it is going to be an easy rap. I syet you not. Holla!
I am with you all the way on this, Radam. My Denver friends in the boxing gyms and aboard the Colorado Commission tell me Alvarado is living life in the overdrive fast lane. He will still make a fight out of it, but I expect he'll take a tremendous amount of punishment along the way. -Randy G


-Shoulder Roll Defense :

Both fighters have seen their better days. Alvarado is the more versatile and skilled boxer but he is shot. Rios has no defense and is as slow as molasses. I know club fighters with more ability although I must admit that the Rios is cheap steak tough and has a lot of heart. My heart says Mike and my mind say Rios. It's a toss up in my opinion. Which punching bag has the most left? We shall see.


-Pazuzu :

I'm not buying into this thing being a good scrap. "Mile High" Mike is badly shot. So for Bam Bam, it is going to be an easy rap. I syet you not. Holla!
Neither fighter is at his prime, but I still expect this to be a better scrap than most of the Showtime/Haymon cards we saw last year. Rios needs a good win, and Alvarado, well, DOJ statistics say the average sentence for felon in possession of a firearm is 75 months. Win or lose, there's a good chance this will be his last professional fight. I hope he makes the most of it.