By Rudy Mondragón
Brandon Rios (31-0-1) is scheduled to face Mike Alvarado (33-1) March 30, 2013 at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. These two fighters fought an action packed fight that was awarded round of the year (round 5) on the night of October 13, 2012. Alvarado tried to box Rios and was successful at times. However, Rios pressed the action and overwhelmed Alvarado, forcing the fight into a brawl.
This rematch is necessary for what it means to these two fighters and fight fans. Why? It’s simple really. Rios stopped Alvarado in the 7th round. Rios had Alvarado hurt really bad and the referee stopped the fight while Alvarado was still on his feet. Alvarado was hurt and many people (including Alvarado) still feel that he would have recovered and continued the fight. Alvarado wants another shot at it to prove to people that he could have continued and in his opinion, won the fight. Rios wants this fight to confirm his win back in October was straight up. Lastly, the style of these two fighters excite fight fans. Rios and Alvarado will engage each other in savage exchanges, will test each others chins and will challenge each other to see who the toughest fighter at 140lbs is.
Great fight for 2013, the Robert Garcia camp is off to a great start and I believe will continue to shine. If Rios maintains a disciplined diet and is not drained at the weigh in, then I see nothing but success for Team Rios.