Last Tuesday, Top Rank Promotions Vice President Carl Moretti announced that a deal has been reached for the staging of the grudge match between Brandon Rios-Mike Alvarado rivalry. The twelve round welterweight bout, which will be held on January 24, 2015 at the 1st Bank Center in Broomfield, Colorado; will break the tie between the two boxers who engaged in two exciting and action-packed encounters that were both worthy of Fight of the Year honors.
The Making of A Trilogy
In October of 2012, light welterweights Brandon Rios and Mike Alvarado stood toe to toe for seven hellacious rounds in what was Sports Illustrated’s 2012 Fight of the Year. Behind on points, Rios staggered Alvarado with a crushing right hand in the sixth and proceeded to the knock him out in the following round. On March 2013, Alvarado returned the favor by outpointing Rios in a thrilling 12 round affair that gave Alvarado the WBO light welterweight boxing title.
But instead of facing off in a deciding third bout, the fighters moved on to different paths. Alvarado chose to defend his belt against Ruslan Provodnikov in October 2013, but the Siberian Rocky would take his title away by retiring him on his stool. One month later, Rios took a more ambitious road as he moved up in weight to challenge Filipino ring legend Manny Pacquiao. Rios received the worst beating of his career and would subsequently be suspended for failing a post fight drug test. Alvarado then followed Rios to the welterweight division and faced Mexican Juan Manuel Marquez earlier this year. Alvarado would also fall in his welterweight debut, losing by decision to the veteran Marquez.
Was is Inevitable
The grudge match is set at the welterweight division, where both fighters now reside. This will be Rios’ third bout at this new weight class, while it will only be the second time that Alvarado will be fighting at 147 pounds. The stakes are now different, as both fighters are trying to keep their title hopes alive in a very stacked weight class that includes Floyd Mayweather Jr., Manny Pacquiao, Timothy Bradley and Amir Khan among others.
But while Rios and Alvarado are a combined 1-3 since their last meeting, was is inevitable once these two warriors collide again. With their careers on the line, Rios and Alvarado are expected to dig deep in order to beat the other man. The winner should have another title shot in 2015 while the loser won’t get disregarded because he will go down fighting. More importantly, the fans finally get a fight that is worth every hard earned cent.