?RIOS TO CONTEMPLATE RETIREMENT IF HE DOESN’T WIN

RIOS TO CONTEMPLATE RETIREMENT IF HE DOESN’T WIN WHAT HE TIPS WILL BE ‘THE BEST FIGHT OF THE TRILOGY’ AGAINST OLD FOE ALVARADO LIVE ON BOXNATION

LONDON (21 Jan) – Brandon Rios has labelled his trilogy showdown with nemesis Mike Alvarado a ‘do or die’ affair, admitting he may hang up his gloves if he loses.

The all-action welterweight star will meet the exciting 34-year-old Alvarado in battle for the third time this weekend, following two epic clashes in which they share a win apiece.

Ahead of the edge-of-the-seat matchup, live and exclusive on BoxNation, Rios has predicted fireworks when he steps into the ring, for what could be the last time in his thrilling career.

“I am ready for anything Mike Alvarado brings to the table. I know all his tricks. He can’t surprise me this time. For both of us it’s do or die. If I lose this fight I may just call it a day as a fighter. I’ve been at this a long time,” said Rios.

“This will be the best fight of the trilogy, as it should be. No one should be surprised if this fight ends in a knockout. It’s happened once already. I’m not looking for the knockout but you can bet I won’t be avoiding it if the opportunity presents itself.

“I am so ready for chapter three this Saturday night. This is the ending the fans have been waiting for and I promise you they will not be disappointed,” Rios said.

The duo first met in the ring in October 2012 with Rios coming through as the victor when he stopped Denver born Alvarado in round seven following a relentless toe-to-toe clash, which many experts labelled their ‘Fight of the Year’.

Five months later and they were doing it all again in similarly rousing fashion, this time at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, but it was to be a different outcome with Alvarado stealing the show in a close 12-round unanimous points win.

This time round, however, former WBA lightweight world champion Rios has revealed he has gone back to basics to ensure it is his hand which is raised at the 1stBank Center in Bloomfield, Colorado.

“Our first two fights were exciting and have become legendary. I am proud to be associated with them and with Mike Alvarado,” said Rios.

“We gave the fans and ourselves the best we had to offer and produced spectacular performances. It was so intense and so close. All I kept thinking in each fight was ‘Don’t stop. Keep moving forward.’

“For this one Robert [Garcia] and I are working on using the ring in case Alvarado tries to run. The training method I am using is going back to the basics that I used in our first fight.

“I expect Alvarado to do what he did in the second fight, which is to run and move. He thinks I’m going to follow him like I did in the second fight. We are working on everything we think he will be bringing to the table, but this time we will be 100% ready for him,” said Rios.

The tough and durable Alvarado, though, is of the belief that a leopard doesn’t change its spots and knows full well what to expect from the unrelenting Rios.

“I will not fight his fight. I am sticking to our plan. But you can bet I will shoot the works when I have him in my sights,” said Alvarado.

“I feel great. I know the kind of fight this will be. He’s going to try to cut off the ring and when he does, he’ll open himself up and when he does that I will be cracking him.

“Fighting Brandon Rios has and continues to be an honour. This is a trilogy fans will remember for a very long time. We are entertainers and our fight on Saturday will be the grand finale. I intend to start the fireworks early in the fight,” he said.

Alvarado vs Rios is live on BoxNation (Sky 437/490HD, Virgin 546, TalkTalk 525) this Saturday night. Visit boxnation.com to subscribe.

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COMMENTS

-Radam G :

Well, I guess Bam Bam won't be calling it quits. He is going to chew Mile High Mike up. Holla!


-The Commish :

Well, I guess Bam Bam won't be calling it quits. He is going to chew Mile High Mike up. Holla!
Totally with you on this. Totally! -Randy G.


-The Commish :

This fight will be on HBO, not Showtime! -Randy G.


-the Roast :

I am contemplating not even watching this fight. I have no interest at all. This is an HBO fight? Seems more ESPN. Alvarado is done. This is clear. Rios? Not much of a future for him. Maybe the under card fight will save the night.


-stormcentre :

I am contemplating not even watching this fight. I have no interest at all. This is an HBO fight? Seems more ESPN. Alvarado is done. This is clear. Rios? Not much of a future for him. Maybe the under card fight will save the night.
Good post Roast. Yes, we're all "contemplating" one thing or another. Sometimes I do it and chew gum at the same time; but not too often as it's too intensive and mentally taxing for me. But I do "contemplate". I contemplated a larger tax return quite a lot last year - didn't happen. I also liked and contemplated the look of that high-power performance supercharger kit that drops an almost 3 litre Whipple style supercharger right on the top of the 6.2 litre AMG V8 too - didn't happen. I also seriously contemplated increasing the frequency of which I may usually donate my genetic material within my marital contract - perhaps unsurprisingly it too didn't happen. Contemplated the race edition Aprilia V4 motorcycle as an addition to what I already have - didn't happen. Then I contemplated why I contemplate, and I realised that it was a very atmospheric, subjective, and similar thought-experiment and experience to subjectively assessing whether boxing's judges were not objective enough, and dare I say it; too subjective From all that, once I recovered from my headache, I then had a rare Eureka moment and with it realised that "contemplating" doing anything may not be quite the same as "doing" it; even though sometimes it sounds like it is. Then the inner workings of my previously oft-concussed mind seemed to be set free and inhabit more than the mere (empty) space they are usually confined within. Strange thoughts drifted in like smoke searching for freedom within a sealed cigar room filled with the aroma of brandy and full strength Colorado Maduros . Just maybe I thought . . . maybe if all the stars line up . . . in a universe where I am not living in a crack-house caravan . . in a universe where Wilder is not knocked out as a result from avoiding a broken right hand as Stiverne constantly dives his head into Deontay's fists to break them as if he is auditioning for a role in the latest Jackass movie . .. . . just maybe, maybe . . in in this deputy, senior, vice president and acting CEO corporate boxing world, . . . maybe it's possible that the announcement of "contemplating" anything an/or such a thing - as Rios claims - is really nothing more than a pseudo threat. Like a rock band's facetious "last gig" call out, to sell tickets. Nah, that can't be it. OK fugheddit. How bout this then . . . Given that; a) Many (me not included) would probably not care even if Rios actually claimed he "was" retiring after the next Alvarez fight; should he not be successful. b) Rios contemplating almost anything doesn't exactly conjure up visions in the public's minds of the famous Italian "pensive and in deep thought" statues - with noble figure/head's chin elegantly rested on backwards curled fist - contemplating the rise and fall of Rome. I doubt that too many people will have a stutter in their cardiovascular system and/or mental awareness, at the thought of Brandon contemplating thinking of anything. I mean the concept is almost a double oxycodone oxymoron - if ever there was such a (boolean-algebra-nand-logic) kind of (real language) thing. Not in the last as the concept itself does not have insignificant potential to conjure up thoughts of the theatre of (un)consciousness owned by someone (whom themselves appears to posses a vocabulary of not a great deal more than 4 or maybe 5 letter words; some, if you claimed they originated from and were obtained from the back of a public toilet door, no-one would argue) that has, with the above-mentioned "contemplation" announcement (effectively) stated or advised . . . . ""If, within this next outing - where I set out to destroy as many of mine and my opponent's brain cells - I am ultimately unsuccessful - then I may "consider or contemplate" the value of "considering" the value of not approaching boxing in such a way where I preserve my brain cells for the future"." Which begs the eternally wise question; ""why stop now?"" Surely - in that event (a loss) - it's far easier and a much more popular option to claim the judges got it wrong, the fight didn't properly reflect who you are, you had a bad camp, and that you're not going out like; hence the decision to fight on. Still, aside from all this kind of tomfoolery (that I seem endlessly shackled to) at least no-one can say that Rios doesn't give it all in the ring. And we need more of that. I actually like the guy's fights.


-The Commish :

At least this is not a PPV fight. Give me a fight on HBO, Showtime, ESPN, any of the networks or cable networks within my system and I'm watching. There is certainly no future for Rios, especially if he loses to Alvarado. Yet, the fight should be a fun one to watch, because both guys will make it fun. Alvarado doesn't know the meaning of the term "self-preservation." The bell rings and he is there to hit and be hit. Rios will oblige him, electing times to go to-to-toe in a thriller. Miss it? Not a chance. This is boxing's version of an auto event I used to go to with my father and brother when I was a kid: Demolition Derby. Rev those engines and turn 'em loose! -Randy G.


-Scar :

Alvarado doesn't pose much of a threat, so Rios' career should be fine.


-The Commish :

If he doesn't win, Rios SHOULD consider retirement! -Randy G.


-stormcentre :

Rios should seriously consider whether contemplation itself is the best and most sincere way to meaningfully consider his ideas about consciously contemplating matters of the psychological and subconscious realms that are both related and non-related to the sport he loves. Otherwise it's just too confusing for all involved, and things then often just disintegrate and end up in a meaningless maelstrom of toe to toe fighting with little regard for health, safety and defence. And Rios doesn't want that.
->http://www.jamescarsondesign.com/gallery.php?by=subject&id=environments Ah, after all that now even I have a maelstrom of a headache. I can't go on like this. Perhaps Zapanova, whoops I mean our new forum homey Dghnielrsa has something online for that too.


-stormcentre :

Rios should seriously consider whether contemplation itself is the best and most sincere way to meaningfully consider his ideas about consciously contemplating matters of the psychological and subconscious realms that are both related and non-related to the sport he loves. Otherwise it's just too confusing for all involved, and things then often just disintegrate and end up in a meaningless maelstrom of toe to toe fighting with little regard for health, safety and defence. And Rios doesn't want that or retirement.
->http://www.jamescarsondesign.com/gallery.php?by=subject&id=environments Ah, after all that now even I have a maelstrom of a headache. I can't go on like this. Perhaps Zapanova, whoops I mean our new forum homey Dghnielrsa has something online for that too.