Found March 31, 2013 on
Don’t make the same mistake twice.
It is a simple concept, but hard to execute for a lot of people. I would imagine, while getting hit in the face multiple times, it is hard to remember that simple rule.
Don’t make the same mistake twice.
Mike Alvarado always knew how to beat Brandon Rios, but the difference between their first fight and the slugfest that took place last night at the Mandalay Bay, was he learned from his mistake. Brandon Rios has a granite chin, heavy hands and the heart of a champion.
He isn’t a good boxer though, he is a brawler. He simply overpowers his opponent and makes them submit. That is what he did to Alvarado in their first fight, he simply lured Alvarado into a war and eventually that was the crucial mistake Alvarado made. Not many boxers are going to win a war with Brandon Rios.
Alvarado made the proper adjustments for the second fight, subtle but important changes. His movement was better, his boxing was better, when he was in any bit of trouble he would clench and more importantly, even though Rios never took a step back, he never fell into his trap of going toe to toe. I wondered if Alvarado could keep his focus for the full 12 rounds, but he got better as the fight went on.
The scoring was close 115-113, 115-113 and 114-113, but beyond a shaky 2nd round, Alvarado controlled the fight and landed the harder and cleaner blows. His defense should not be overlooked as well, as he kept Rios off him with a great jab and movement throughout the fight.
Everyone would like a third fight, but Bob Arum who loves to milk his fighters as much as possible, says he will pit them against different opponents for their next fight.
Don’t be shocked if Rios, who didn’t hurt himself at all, even in defeat gets a shot at Manny Pacquiao in the fall. Alvarado could be an opponent for Juan Manuel Marquez or even Tim Bradley. A lot depends on if there is a Pacquiao vs. Marquez 5.
Great fight with no losers and only winners.
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The action was much the same, but this time the result was different. Mike Alvarado boxed and punched his way to a narrow but unanimous 12-round decision Saturday night over Brandon Rios in the rematch of their slugfest from five months ago.
Alvarado won by two points on two scorecards and one on the other to avenge his seventh-round loss to Rios in October.
It wasn't as dramatic...
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Oh that entertainingly manic Brandon Rios. He struggled to make weight a little the day before his junior welterweight rematch with Mike Alvarado on HBO Saturday, so he had to lose his underpants, but once he was clothed again he was carrying on like an insane person.
Our bearded correspondent Patrick Connor is in Las Vegas as credentialed media, shooting smooth video when and...
Who wants to see Brandon Rios vs. Mike Alvarado III? That's what's on the horizon now, after Mike Alvarado got sweet revenge against Brandon Rios on Saturday night in Las Vegas, in their HBO televised rematch of last year's slug-fest, which Rios had won by knockout.
Alvarado took home a close, hard-fought unanimous decision, winning by scores of 115-113, 115-113 and 114...
If you are a fan of the sport of boxing, chances are you have been looking forward to Saturday night’s HBO fight card for quite some time. On Saturday, you will see the long awaited rematch between Brandon Rios and Mike Alvarado. The Fight card can be seen on HBO at 9:15 p.m. ET. However, [...]
It took only 1:30 into round 1 for the shots of World War II to be fired. Brandon Rios unloading heavy artillery and having Mike Alvarado in trouble early staggering all over the ring, but Mike Alvarado would continue to fight back. Punch for punch these two soldiers were meant for war with each other. [...]
LAS VEGAS--It is impossible to determine exactly how many years of their lives Brandon Rios and Mike Alvarado have snatched from one another over the course of two fights, but just like the first time, it should be crystal clear that both men deserve equal shares of respect from fans and media alike.
When a fight becomes so good that you simply don't care about scoring...
On Friday afternoon in Las Vegas, the official weigh-ins were held for Saturday night's HBO Boxing card headlined by the rematch between Brandon Rios and Mike Alvarado. Right here, you'll find the complete and official weights for the card, along with the Rios vs. Alvarado weigh-in photos, videos of the weigh-ins, and more. Take a look.
Rios vs. Alvarado Weigh-in Photos
On Saturday night, two men entered a small ring in Nevada and beat the bejesus out of each other for a little over half an hour. That night Brandon Rios and Mike Alvarado delivered the type of fight that old men reminisce fondly about with their kids on well-worn porches in hot summer days. It was a rematch that wasn’t entirely necessary. The first bout was not even a year removed...
All Times Eastern
Iowa Barnstormers at New Orleans VooDoo -- CBS Sports Network, 7 p.m.
Boxing After Dark, Las Vegas, NV
Junior Welterweights: Brandon Rios vs. Mike Alvarado -- HBO, 10:15 p.m.
Road to Donaire-Rigondeaux -- HBO, immediately following Boxing After Dark
Kansas State at Baylor -- Fox College Sports Central...
Full Results from Las Vegas, NV:
Mike Alvarado def. Brandon Rios via UD (115-113,115-113,114-113)
Terence Crawford def. Breidis Prescott via UD (99-91,97-93,100-90)
Jose Ramirez def. Charle Dubray via KO in R1 (1:06)
Miguel Berchelt def. Carlos Claudio via TKO in R1 (1:53)
Michael Finney def. Osvaldo Rojas via KO in R5 (1:49)
Brett Rather def. Juan Guajardo via UD (38-37)
Boxing is mostly a niche sport due, more than any perceived lack of talent, mostly to fragmentation. I can’t even tell you anymore if the WBO title that Mike Alvarado just won even counts as a major belt. The WBO is an organization that was created at Don King’s behest, IIRC, to keep one of the Spinks brothers or Larry Holmes with a belt. For fans of the fight game, the biggest...
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