SAN DIEGO, March 30, 2013 – Fight fans live for the kind of classic all-out, full throttle inside brawl delivered by Brandon Rios and Mike Alvarado in their October 13 fight last year. This was second only to the Pacquiao-Marquez IV fight as 2012 Fight of the Year.
Brandon Rios won with a TKO in the seventh round. Can he do it again, or will Mike Alvarado have found a way to get to Rios without taking punishment himself? We can’t wait to find out tonight at 10:15 p.m. Eastern on HBO’s Boxing After Dark.
Rios (31-0-1, 23 KOs) and Alvarado (33-1, 23 KOs) deliver high-test boxing entertainment. Despite their easygoing personalities and friendly, respectful relationship outside the ring, these guys like to fight and live to bring it in the ring.
Rios has notched 11 knockouts in his last 13 wins. The single loss on Alvarado’s record is his defeat by Rios. He’s highly motivated to avenge that loss and do some damage. He says he’s in better shape and worked more on strategy this time, and he will fight smarter this fight.
“I’m ready to do it again like the first fight. I’m ready to redeem myself,” said Alvarado at a pre-fight news conference on Thursday. “I take my hat off to Rios for doing it again.”
“I’m ready for another action fight,” said Rios. “It’s in the ring, toe to toe, man to man. I’m ready for this.”
We will get started at 10 p.m. Eastern Time for pre-fight predictions and also a review of the middleweight match between Gennady Golovkin and Nobuhiro Ishida, which takes place earlier in the day from Monte Carlo, Monaco.
We’ll then watch the undercard action between Breidis Prescott of Colombia (26-4, 20 KOs) and undefeated American Terrence Crawford (19-0, 15 KOs) at junior welterweight.
These two are power punchers and will make a nice lead in to the main event – but it won’t go the distance so be sure you are in your seat early so you don’t miss the main event, Rios-Alvarado II.
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