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BRANDON RIOS VS. MIKE ALVARADO II: FIGHT OF THE YEAR SEQUEL and
WBO INTERIM JR. WELTERWEIGHT TITLE SATURDAY, MARCH 30 at MANDALAY BAY
LIVE ON HBO
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LAS VEGAS, NEV. (January 31, 2013) — To quote Hall of Fame baseball superstar Ernie Banks, “Let’s play two.”
That’s exactly what undefeated former world champion BRANDON “Bam Bam” RIOS and top-rated contender “Mile High” MIKE ALVARADO will do when they face each other in a rematch of their 2012 Fight of the Year-nominated fight. Rios-Alvarado II will take place, Saturday, March 30 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nev. The 12-round World Boxing Organization (WBO) interim junior welterweight championship rumble will be televised live on HBO Boxing After Dark®, beginning at 10:15 p.m. ET/PT.
In their first fight, last October 13, a battle of undefeated gladiators, Rios and Alvarado fought toe-to-toe and non-stop for seven thrilling rounds that saw dramatic momentum shifts throughout the action-packed bout. Two of the judges had the fight scored even before referee Pat Russell stopped the fight at 1:57 of the seventh round, awarding the TKO victory to Rios. Media and fans alike compared Rios-Alvarado to the great matches of the past 50 years, including Ali-Frazier III, Corrales -Castillo I and Hagler-Hearns, based on action and entertainment value.
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Rios (31-0-1, 22 KOs), the former World Boxing Association (WBA) lightweight champion, from Oxnard, Calif., is on the hunt for his second world title in as many weight divisions. He enters this fight having won 11 of his previous 13 fights by knockout. One of boxing’s most exciting fighters, Rios is known for his all-action fan-friendly fighting style. His trainer, former International Boxing Federation (IBF) junior lightweight champion and 2012 Trainer of the Year Robert Garcia, calls it a “throwback” style with a warrior’s mentality that screams excitement. Highlight knockout victories on Rios’ resume include Miguel Acosta, Anthony Peterson, Urbano Antillon, John Murray and of course Alvarado. Alvarado, the natural 140-pounder, entered that fight as the undefeated WBO No. 1 junior welterweight contender. Rios, by virtue of his TKO victory over Alvarado, is currently world-rated No. 1 by the WBO.
Alvarado (33-1, 23 KOs) of Denver, Colo., had won 10 of his last 13 bouts by stoppage en route to a career-high No. 1 world rating in the WBO when he battled Rios. Notable Alvarado knockout victims included Breidis Prescott, Ray Narh, Emmanuel Clottey and Cesar Bazan. In 2012 Alvarado fought in two Fight of the Year-nominated fights. Last April, Alvarado went toe-to-toe for 10 brutal and exciting rounds winning a unanimous decision over Mauricio Herrera (18-1, 7 KOs). Herrera entered that fight world-rated No. 7 and riding a two-year, five-bout winning streak, highlighted by victories over Ruslan Provodnikov (17-0) and Mike Dallas, Jr. (17-1-1). That was followed by Rios in October. Despite losing to Rios by a technical knockout, his effort and talent are so respected he still remains highly rated, where he is ranked No. 3 by the WBO.
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Junior welterweights Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios and Mike Alvarado violently pounded each other with abandon in October, leaving each other bruised and battered in one of the most helacious fights in recent years. Now they are going to do it again, promoter Bob Arum told ESPN.com on Wednesday.
Arum said he finalized the rematch on Tuesday night. It will take place March 30 at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas and headline an HBO broadcast.
“We got it done,” Arum said. “We had to make the money work with HBO and (Tuesday) night it fell into place.”
The fight will come five months after Rios stopped Alvarado in the seventh round of their thriller at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. The first fight, an HBO undercard bout to the Nonito Donaire-Toshiaki Nishioka junior featherweight main event title fight, was a scheduled 10-round nontitle bout. The rematch, however, will be a 12-rounder for a vacant interim junior welterweight world title.
The first fight featured non-stop back-and-forth action, including in the unforgettable fifth round, until referee Pat Russell stepped in to stop it in the seventh round after Rios badly staggered Alvarado and had him defenseless on the ropes. At the time of the stoppage, two judges had the fight 57-57 while Rios led 58-56 on the third scorecard.
“I am ready for this fight again,” an excited Rios told ESPN.com. “The first fight was awesome. We traded big punches and we landed big shots. This fight will be similar but I know better how to fight him now. I’ve been watching our fight over and over and over. I have a feeling that in this fight he will come back and try to outbox me from the outside. But I am ready for anything he brings, A to Z.”
Rios said his name for the fight is “World War II.”
“If he comes to fight me like he did the first time, this fight could be just like the first fight again,” Rios said. “We’re both hungry and we both possess power.”
Some thought Russell’s stoppage was a tad premature. Alvarado and his team certainly did. Rios said he wants to make sure there is no doubt this time.
“I think I’m going to knock him out again and I don’t want the referee to stop it and have Alvarado saying the referee stopped it too soon,” Rios said. “I want a 10-count knockout. I want the 10 count.”
Even before the first fight, many were picking it as a can’t-miss action fight and possible fight of the year. It lived up to all of the pre-fight hype. Now, expectations for the rematch will also be sky high.
“I think it’s going to the be the same thing, like crazy,” Arum said. “It was like watching a football game where this team is going to win and then you think the other team is going to win. The ebb and flow was so dramatic. Until Rios stopped Alvarado, I had it going back and forth for both of them. It was an amazing kind of fight because of the ebb and flow.
“This rematch won’t be any different. That’s how these two guys fight. The fans are in for a great treat.”
Said Top Rank’s Carl Moretti: “We think this is round eight, just a continuation of the first fight, which was the fight of the year (to many). I don’t know what’s going to change.”
Rios was the likely next opponent for Manny Pacquiao this spring, but that was before Pacquiao got knocked out cold in the sixth round by Juan Manuel Marquez in December. With the fight down the drain, Top Rank and HBO began working on Rios-Alvarado II.
Rios (31-0-1, 23 KOs), 26, of Oxnard, Calif., said, of course, he would have liked to fight Pacquiao, a fight worth millions more to him than Alvarado. But he also said he wanted to fight Alvarado (33-1, 23 KOs), 32, of Denver, again. Even before it was made, Rios said he’s been watching their fight repeatedly, and not just for scouting purposes.
“I loved the fight,” Rios said. “I’m a fan and I love that fight. I watch it over and over like a fan every day. I couldn’t believe I took some of those big shots and that he took the big shots I gave him. The fans, of course, they know I always fight my heart out for them.”
Although the fight is for an interim belt, it very well could be for the full title by fight time. Marquez holds the WBO version of the 140-pound title, but has not defended it and fought Pacquiao at welterweight. Marquez’s next fight is likely to be a fifth fight with Pacquiao, also at welterweight.
“Marquez will eventually be vacating (the title),” Arum said. “He could vacate by the time the (Rios-Alvarado) fight happens. It’s up to him but I will talk to him before March 30.”
Rios, a former lightweight titleholder, said that having a title, even an interim version, on the line gives him more motivation for the rematch.
“I want to become a world champion in two weight classes,” Rios said. “So I know I’m more pumped up and even more focused having this belt (on the line). We’ll be ready and I’m pretty sure he will be ready. I know he will come prepared. He will have a lot to prove because he wants that revenge and that title. I want that title. We both have something to prove and we’ll both train our asses off.”
Alvarado was not available for comment because he was in a training session.
Arum said a formal news conference is being planned to announce Rios-Alvarado II on Wednesday in Los Angeles.
As excited as most fight fans will be about the fight and as much as the fighters wanted it Cameron Dunkin, Rios’ manager did not want the fight.
“It’s a fight that I didn’t want and I’ll say it again on the record,” Dunkin said. “I didn’t want the first one either and when everyone started giving me credit for it, I said I didn’t want it. I know how hard this fight is. I know how rough this fight is.
“You know how rematches are — just because a guy wins the first one does not mean you win the second one. When the rematch came up, I talked to (Rios trainer) Robert (Garcia) and told him to make sure that Brandon knows this is going to be tougher than the first one and Robert said he already talked to Brandon about it and Brandon said he knew it was a tough fight and that he wouldn’t take it lightly just because he won the first fight. This is the fight Brandon wants. He wants to leave no doubt in anyone’s mind because some people were saying it was a quick stoppage. He said, ‘No excuses this time. I’ll do it again.’
Saturday October 13 2012. @ Home Depot Center, Carson, California, USA
Result: Mike Alvarado L Brandon Rios TKO 7R – light welterweight
Saturday April 14 2012. @ Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Result: Brandon Rios W Richard Abril SD 12R – WBA World lightweight title
Saturday December 3 2011. @ Madison Square Garden NYC, New York
Result: John Murray L Brandon Rios TKO 11R – lightweight