Alvarado: Rios is The Shot I Needed, I'm Must See TV!

By Ryan Burton
Highly rated junior welterweight contender Mike Alvarado (33-0) visited with The Boxing Lab,'s official audio show this past Tuesday. The Denver, CO based fighter broke down his highly anticipated showdown against former lightweight champion Brandon Rios (30-0-1) that takes place on October 13th and will be broadcast by HBO.

"Mile High" Mike has been campaigning for a big fight for quite sometime now. He told us that he views the upcoming clash as the opportunity of a lifetime. "When I heard the news I was excited. I was thrilled, pumped up."

"This is my shot to really shine. This is a huge fight. Brandon is a tough guy. We are both tough warriors. He's undefeated and I'm undefeated."

Alvarado feels that a win over Rios will open the door to even bigger fights. He said that he would love to face four division champion Juan Manuel Marquez in the near future.
"This is the shot I needed. This will put me in the mix for all the big fights. I deserve it. I'm must see TV.  A win over Rios will put me position to fight a guy like Marquez," Alvarado stated.

Rios won a controversial decision over Richard Abril in his previous fight this past April. In his fight prior to that he lost his title on the scales at the weigh in before his sluggish 11th round TKO victory over John Murray. Alvarado told us that he is surprised that Rios accepted the fight.

"I'm surprised he took the fight. He didn't look too impressive in his last two fights and he is facing the biggest puncher in the division. I'm excited he decided to fight me," Alvarado confidently told The Boxing Lab.

The interview can be heard in its entirety here:

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Boskop on 08-10-2012

Alvarado took a brutal beating from Prescott and came back in the last rounds to beat the lights out of him. I dont see Rios taking that kind of punishment from a 157pd Prescott. Abril clearly beat Rios and will…

Comment by PD21 on 08-10-2012

[QUOTE]Anyone who's worrying about the judges might be kidding, this ain't going to the judges, i'll bet my house on it.[/QUOTE] No doubt its going to be an all out war but I can see it going the distance cuz…

Comment by hoggin303 on 08-10-2012

The fact Rios aint had nothin to say may speak volumes too..He knows he is in a tough fight, and might be a bit worried. Mike's a beast when healthy and takin care of himself....Hard fought dec for Alvarado

Comment by Southpawology on 08-10-2012

[QUOTE=Longjab10;12415245]Anyone who's worrying about the judges might be kidding, this ain't going to the judges, i'll bet my house on it.[/QUOTE] Steve smoger better be the ref for this fight!

Comment by $mannyFresh on 08-10-2012

Bloodbath. Rios TKO

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