By Cliff Rold - With a combination of legs, right hands, and tremendous guts, 32-year old Jr. Welterweight Mike Alvarado (34-1, 23 KO) of Denver, Colorado, avenged the lone loss of his career Saturday night at the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada with a unanimous decision in twelve rounds over previously undefeated 26-year old former WBA Lightweight titlist Brandon Rios (31-1-1, 23 KO) of Oxnard, California. It was a sensational fight that saw both men badly hurt but never on the floor, every bit the instant classic their first fight was last October.
Alvarado captures an interim WBO Jr. Welterweight belt.
Both men came into the bout spot on the Jr. Welterweight limit of 140 lbs. The referee was Tony Weeks.
Rios began the fight on the front foot while Alvarado attempted to move, establish the jab, and create some distance. Rios landed fierce body shots and some stiff stuff upstairs and Alvarado slowed down. Into the second half of round one, Alvarado answered with some thundering power shots near mid-ring. Rios took them well and stayed on his game, hustling to get close. [Click Here To Read More