Boxing fans are in for a treat this weekend as we get to see the 2012 ‘Fight Of The Year’ once again. That’s right, Brandon Rios and Mike Alvarado will go head-to-head in an all-out war for our enjoyment once again on March 30th at the Mandalay Bay Casino in Las Vegas. Rios won the first fight via TKO in the 7th round, but he did not have it all his own way. Alvarado had a lot of success in the early rounds and proved that technically he is the better boxer which makes this instant rematch a legitimate and mouth-watering fight for the fans.
The impressive win back in October means that Rios (31-0, 23 KO’s) remains undefeated with yet another decent name on his victim list. The 26-year old slugger has wins over the likes Alvarado, Miguel Acosta, John Murray and a controversial split decision victory over WBA lightweight world champion Richard Abril. His ruthless pressure and aggression allowed him to almost walk through Alvarado (33-1, 23 KO’s) from around the 5th round onwards but he has shown in the past that he can be out-boxed, meaning there is still hope for Alvarado in this rematch.
The 32-year old American was also undefeated going into their first fight with only really two decent victories on his record; Breidis Prescott & Mauricio Herrera. He announced himself as a world-class up and coming contender with these wins, but some believe Rios was a too big step up too soon. The former Latino light-welterweight champ has proven on many occasions that he can box as well as brawl, but he just can’t resist the urge to get involved in a tear-up, which was his downfall in the first fight and most likely will be again in this one. If he can control himself and stick to his boxing then he can definitely box his way to a 12-round points decision on Saturday night. But this is a very tough thing to do when deep down you want to fight and you’ve got a young warrior like Rios with his head on your chest and a smirk on his face trying to entice you into an all-out war.
I predict that we will see the same sort of pattern in this fight with Rios stopping Alvarado just slightly later. Alvarado will have learned from his mistakes and come into this fight looking to box, move and stay away in the early rounds. This may drag the fight into the later stages but I do think Rios will get to him eventually. And when he does, expect to see the same fireworks that we witnessed last time. Alvarado will try to take the smart route for the first few rounds, but eventually his heart will take over and the fans will get what we want to see. Prepare yourselves for another toe-to-toe slugfest!