Brandon Rios Makes Mike Alvarado Quit on His Stool After Three

In the HBO Main Event, Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios (32-2-1 with 22 KOs) went into “Mile High” Mike Alvarado’s (34-3 with 23 KOs) Denver, Colorado backyard and thoroughly dominated the hometown favorite. Rios hammered Alvarado all around the ring in a complete and shocking mismatch to take the vacant WBO Welterweight title. To illustrate how one sided the fight was, Compubox had Rios landing 120 punches to Alvarado’s 20.

This was the highly anticipated rubber match between these two action fighters. Rios took their first scrap by 7th round TKO in October of 2012 and Alvarado came back to score a 12 round unanimous decision in their rematch five and a half months later. Both fights were all out wars with great ebb and flow between the two pugilists. While the WBO Welterweight title was on the line when the two renewed acquaintances, it would be fair to say they were fighting for the championship of each other. Unfortunately, only Rios showed up.

Since losing to Alvarado in March of 2013, Rios has been outclassed by Manny Pacquiao in a 12 round unanimous decision and most recently, won by DQ over Diego Gabriel Chaves last August in a fight that was very close before referee, Vic Drackulich, halted the foul filled fight and awarded Rios the victory. Two of the three judges had Chaves ahead by one point when the contest was stopped, but Rios appeared to be gaining steam.

The times have been even tougher for Alvarado after their second fight. Alvarado lost his WBO Light Welterweight title when he refused to answer the bell for the 11th round in a brutal fight against Ruslan Provodnikov in October of 2013. Provodnikov was leading on all three scorecards and had sent Alvarado to the canvas twice in the bout. Alvarado’s next and most recent fight was against the great Juan Manuel Marquez who put on a boxing clinic, taking a wide unanimous decision by scores of 119-109 and duplicate 117-109 cards. Marquez knocked Alvarado down in the 8th, but Alvarado returned the favor in the 9th with a sharp right hand. Marquez arose unhurt and largely dominated the remainder of the fight. Alvarado again took significant punishment, particularly to his left eye.

Both fighters had serious questions to answer in their third bout against one another. Not just who would win the tilt, but how much do they have left?

Onto the rounds:

Round One: The crowd is hyped for hometown boy, Alvarado. Rios trying to establish his jab early. Alvarado moves in and holds instead of punching. Alvarado switches to southpaw. Good hard left jab by Rios, followed by another. Rios is coming forward and forcing the action. Really working his left with both jabs and hooks and punctuates with the occasional right. Rios going to the body and then up top. Alvarado’s face already marked with blood flowing from his nose. Strong first round by Rios. Rios landed 29 shots to Alvarado’s 6.

Round Two: Rios is working over Alvarado. Hard body shots and uppercuts. Alvarado not showing much yet. Rios is looking to overwhelm Alvarado. Rios wobbles Alvarado with an uppercut. Alvarado sends Rios to a knee with a VERY low blow straight to the Johnson. Jay Nady warns Alvarado. Rios goes back to work. This is a mismatch early. Alvarado sneaks in a left, but Rios continues to strafe Alvarado with a variety of shots.

Round Three: Rios is moving Alvarado with every blow. Rios is just mauling him. Alvarado circling away. He’s not winning a single second of this fight so far. Rios sends Alvarado to his knee with a series of blows. Alvarado looks BAD. He’s not offering much in resistance. Alvarado finally lets his hands go, but is wide and lands nothing. Finally, at the end of the round, Alvarado exchanges with Rios. He doesn’t get the better of it, but at least he’s doing something. Alvarado does not look like a man who wants to fight tonight. His trainer presses him on that very issue. Alvarado’s corner stops the fight. On the basis of what we’ve seen thus far, it’s just as well.

I asked earlier about how much these two fighters have left. Rios was clearly ready for this scrap tonight in the Denver suburbs. However, Alvarado looked unprepared (a convicted felon, he was arrested again on a weapons charge just after the New Year) and quite possibly a shot fighter. Rios simply swamped Alvarado and the Colorado fighter offered next to no resistance. This is now two fights in a row that Alvarado has lost in his hometown (Provodnikov).

In the post-fight interview, Alvarado admitted that he did not prepare properly for the fight and he stayed on his stool because he could not see out of his right eye after a Rios uppercut. This was an embarrassing and unprofessional performance by Alvarado that resulted in boos from his hometown crowd. His effort was so poor it’s actually hard to evaluate the work done by Rios. That being said, Rios was ready to fight, took an alphabet belt and will definitely have some sizable fights in the future. If Alvarado can’t do better than this then he may want to look at doing something else.

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COMMENTS

-the Roast :

Feeble, pathetic, or embarrassing. Which word best describes Alvarado's performance? All three are correct. This is why I wasn't too pumped up for this fight. Alvarado booed out of his own building. One or two more beatings on ESPN and go away.


-the Roast :

"I wasn't properly prepared"???? Whose fault is that? Those fans should demand their money back or they should have been smart enough to see this coming. Alvarado should personally refund all the tickets sold for this "fight".


-Radam G :

Too late for them to demand their money back. "Mile High" Mike needed a big payday. And he did it his way. Say what you say. With him, it is okay. I said from the jump that it would not be a war, and dude would quit on the stool. He's no "fighting fool." He's a legal thief. And that was the way he got paid. So the fan shouldn't have any grief. Holla!


-The Good Doctor :

Congrats to Rios for decisively beating a heavy bag. People thought I was crazy when I said it, but the two beatings he took from Marquez and Provodnikov changed him as a person permanently. In interviews he sounded bad, almost unintelligible, he looked listless, and lost. As I sit here and think, I am not sure I can think of a guy who went through 4 consecutive absolute "woodsheddings" in recent memory. Just to think, this is a guy who less than three years ago beat a decent Breidis Prescott and followed up shortly after that beating Mauricio Herrera, a guy we all now realize is a pretty decent fighter.


-stormcentre :

Well, not a very good outing and/or performance from Alvarado.


-stormcentre :

"I wasn't properly prepared"???? Whose fault is that? Those fans should demand their money back or they should have been smart enough to see this coming. Alvarado should personally refund all the tickets sold for this "fight".
Yep, not a very good excuse - agree. However, . . . .moving onto other Hot Roasting matters. The other tennis player/girlie I was trying to remember (when we were talking about sport, and effeminate things that make you go hmm) was Eugenie Bouchard. Not sure whether you agree or not but I find her much more acceptable to the optic nerve than some others.
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->http://www.thestar.com/sports/tennis/2013/06/26/wimbledon_bouchard_soars_in_massive_upset.html


-oubobcat :

It was a very disappointing effort by Alvarado. I thought at the very least he'd stand and trade with Rios and go out on his shield. Instead he offered nothing and just took the shots from Rios before quitting on his stool. I think Roast hit it on the nose and we will probably see Alvarado resurface on an ESPN card and have his career go out on that network... As for Rios. now I think we see the Victor Ortiz fight get made. They are both from Kansas and have some bad blood against one another. With Oscar now working with Top Rank it now finally becomes a makeable fight.


-brownsugar :

Unable to perform. ..... You'll never work in this town again.


-amayseng :

Alvarado showed up in that **** poor of shape knowing his own mother would be in the front row to see him beat to a pulp? Disturbing. I mentioned to my gf that he looked like a junkie when they were playing a prerecorded interview.. Maybe I was not far off.


-DaveB :

Everyone can understand that you can have a bad night or not be talented enough but people don't accept that you don't give your best. That is why the crowd booed and wouldn't just accept any type of performance or better yet non-performance on the fact that he was their boy. They were justified. And once again it goes to show why it is so hard to pick fights week to week, you never know who is going to show up. Even his outside problems are of his own making. Time for him to take a hard reality check.


-rdv_27 :

So scary when you know you're unprepared for something... Not knowing if you'll somehow luck out but most probably not. And the mental anguish of watching time pass you by, while you're not preparing. I speak in general but, man, this sure as h*ll applies to boxers I imagine.


-Chris L :

I wasn't overly fussed in the lead up to this fight. Watching some of the build up it was clear that Alvarado isn't in a good place and shouldn't be allowed to fight. As it's been mentioned the guy has been thrown to the wolves and taken hellacious beatings in his last five fights (including last nights fight - for as long as it lasted). Almost treated as a pawn on a chessboard...disposable. All one needs to do is listen to his speech and look at him to know he shouldn't be allowed in the ring, even after the fight when speaking to Christina Poyncher (Spelling?) he was in denial and wasn't being direct at all. If anyone in his corner cared about him they should have advised against him fighting last night, and if not before should definitely now. It's the brutal nature of the sport, but it's not nice to see a grown man deteriorate and be discarded like a material object.


-Radam G :

I wasn't overly fussed in the lead up to this fight. Watching some of the build up it was clear that Alvarado isn't in a good place and shouldn't be allowed to fight. As it's been mentioned the guy has been thrown to the wolves and taken hellacious beatings in his last five fights (including last nights fight - for as long as it lasted). Almost treated as a pawn on a chessboard...disposable. All one needs to do is listen to his speech and look at him to know he shouldn't be allowed in the ring, even after the fight when speaking to Christina Poyncher (Spelling?) he was in denial and wasn't being direct at all. If anyone in his corner cared about him they should have advised against him fighting last night, and if not before should definitely now. It's the brutal nature of the sport, but it's not nice to see a grown man deteriorate and be discarded like a material object.
His corner cared. But they are apparently relatives of Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves. They planned on letting "Mile High" Mike go two or three rounds, as they ripped off the paid butts in those seats and pick pocketed HBO. Nice stick up. Hehehe! Holla!


-deepwater2 :

The fact is Rios trains hard and likes to fight. Mile high mike drives around with pistols.as a felon he knows the ropes. Good bye mile high mike, the writing was on the wall. I still can't believe the money line opened at -110 for Rios. Stealing candy from a baby.


-The Commish :

"I wasn't properly prepared"???? Whose fault is that? Those fans should demand their money back or they should have been smart enough to see this coming. Alvarado should personally refund all the tickets sold for this "fight".
We all knew this was coming. In earlier posts I was saying how Alvarado is living a life of total self-destruction. Friends of mine who are boxing fans and who live near Alvarado tell me he trains hard but parties even harder and longer. It was sad to hear his own fabs booing him. But are they ignorant to what has been going on? The guys parties his butt off. He runs around in the wrong crowd. He gets arrested for gun possession in the car, then says, "It wasn't mine." The man is an accident waiting to happen. He is scheduled to be married on March 14. You you want the future Mrs. Alvarado to be YOUR daughter? We can only wish him the best. He's got a rough road ahead. At best! -Randy G.