Mike Alvarado vs Brandon Rios - Regardless of the medium it is rare where a sequel is better than its predecessor but fortunately for fight fans that was the case for Saturday’s rematch between Brandon Rios and Mike Alvarado. The first battle, which took place in October of last year was regarded by many as the best fight of 2012 thus expectations were lofty for this encounter. Early on in the fight Alvarado lookedto box as most expected he would but Rios just kept marching forward, landing shots and it looked like “Bam Bam” was on his way to duplicating the results of the first contest, particularly after rocking and almost knocking “Mile High” down with a jab in the second round. Rios came out aggressively in the third looking to chop down Alvarado but the challenger began landing some powerful overhand rights. The fight took a dramatic turn when Alvarado buckled Rios with a big right hook to the jaw with just over 30 seconds left in the third round as he flurried upon the champ in an attempt to finish him off which was unsuccessful as the round came to a close. The next few rounds saw both men trading shots and perhaps rounds depending on how one scored it but either way the fight was close and the action nonstop.
Every time it appeared that Rios was gaining momentum and was perhaps getting the better of Alvarado, Mik would respond most notably in the eighth round where he once again hurt Brandon. As the bout got into the later rounds Alvarado appeared to be pulling ahead by out boxing Rios from a distance while also continuing to land hard shots although each round was close and highly competitive. Entering the championship rounds the belief by many including perhaps Rios’s corner was that Alvarado was on his way to winning a decision if he could hold up under Rios’ onstant pressure and punches. Alvarado himself must have believed he had done enough to win by the 12th round as he circled and tried to avoid too many exchanges for the final three minutes although he did eventually stand his ground and in doing so landed a couple of winging left hands the last of which once again stunned Rios. After 12 hard-fought, grueling rounds Alvarado was awarded the close unanimous decision by scores of 115-113, 115-113, 114-113.