Rios vs. Alvarado: Down the Road?

By Ted Sares on August 4, 2012
Rios vs. Alvarado: Down the Road?
Rios and Alvarado are heavy handed, incoming pressure fighters. (Chris Farina.Top Rank)

“Both fighters have a lot at stake in this must win fight. As a result, the boxing fans will likely witness a savage fight for however long it lasts.”—Rico Aguirre (The Boxing Tribune)

Last September, I did a “what if” of sorts when I wrote a piece on the possibility of James Kirkland going up against Alfredo Angulo. Specifically, I said “If rumors out of Mexico materialize (and they are only rumors), boxing fans may be treated to a potential spectacular shootout between light middleweights James “Mandingo Warrior” Kirkland (29-1) and Alfredo “Perro” Angulo (20-1) with ultra violence in the offing.” As it turned out, the two fought on November 5, 2011, in Cancun, Mexico with the result exceeding the hype. Both men waged war; in fact, the back-and-forth first round was one for our collective memory bank.

Now there are rumors afloat that Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios (30-0-1) may be fighting Mike “Mile High” Alvarado (33-0) in October at the junior welterweight limit. If so, we can expect another all-out action fight with both men trying to own the phone booth. Given his issues at the scale, “Bam Bam” will be fighting for redemption, while a win for the aggressive Alvarado would propel him to a title clash.

The rumored affair would be huge if it gets made. Both men bring plenty of menace into the ring and likely would stage a throwback type of battle perhaps in the vein of Rios vs. Antillon or Alvarado vs. Prescott. Both are heavy handed, incoming pressure fighters and that spells K-N-O-C-K-O-U-T.

Given what appears to be a boring August, hopefully this will become more than a possibility.

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  1. Tex Hassler 05:28pm, 08/05/2012

    These would indeed be good fights for the fans to see.

  2. the thresher 09:29am, 08/05/2012

    It’s official.

    On October 13th, former WBA World lightweight champion Brandon Rios (30-0-1, 22 KO’s) will be facing unbeaten light welterweight contender Mike Alvarado (33-0, 23 KO’s) at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California, according to the 26-year-old Rios. The Alvarado-Rios fight will be taking place on the same card as Nonito Donaire against possibly Toshiaki Nishioka.

    You heard it here first on

  3. the thresher 12:40pm, 08/04/2012

    That is true, but this is boxing where the operative word is “unfair.”

  4. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo 10:03am, 08/04/2012

    Ted Sares-Life is not fair….in my view Abril earned the right to be mauled and beaten to a pulp by Alvarado.

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