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Old 10-07-2012, 11:25 AM
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Default Brandon Rios vs. Mike Alvarado: Predictions

With the impending war between Brandon "Bam Bam" Rios and "Mile High" Mike Alvarado just a week away, thought I would start a thread about outcome predictions.

IMO, I think that this is going to be a tougher fight for Rios than a lot of people believe. It's his first time fighting officially at 140, and lets face it...Alvarado is tougher than a coffin nail. It's going to be interesting to see how Brandon deals with a full fledged, undefeated puncher in the light welterweight division. We all know that Rios has a pretty good chin and packs a wallop himself, but he's coming off a pretty poor performance against Abril, and I think this will be his toughest opponent to date. If he doesn't struggle with weight and comes in healthy, this definitely has potential to be a fight of the year candidate.

With that being said though, I actually think that Brandon is the more technically sound fighter...in no way am I saying that he's a well oiled technician in there...but when he fights on the inside (which will be for most of the fight probably), I think he'll know how to handle himself a little better than Alvarado. I think his defense is underrated...yes, his head movement could be a little better, but he has a good method of keeping his hands up and using his offense as defense.

Thus, IMO, I have Rios winning via TKO in the later rounds. I think it's going to be an all out brawl, but by the 8th-9th round, I think the momentum is going to tip in Brandon's favor and it's just a matter of time before he stops Alvarado. I'm sure he's going to take a lot of leather to get there, but that's my prediction. Interested to see what you guys think!
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Old 10-07-2012, 07:25 PM
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With the impending war between Brandon "Bam Bam" Rios and "Mile High" Mike Alvarado just a week away, thought I would start a thread about outcome predictions.

IMO, I think that this is going to be a tougher fight for Rios than a lot of people believe. It's his first time fighting officially at 140, and lets face it...Alvarado is tougher than a coffin nail. It's going to be interesting to see how Brandon deals with a full fledged, undefeated puncher in the light welterweight division. We all know that Rios has a pretty good chin and packs a wallop himself, but he's coming off a pretty poor performance against Abril, and I think this will be his toughest opponent to date. If he doesn't struggle with weight and comes in healthy, this definitely has potential to be a fight of the year candidate.

With that being said though, I actually think that Brandon is the more technically sound fighter...in no way am I saying that he's a well oiled technician in there...but when he fights on the inside (which will be for most of the fight probably), I think he'll know how to handle himself a little better than Alvarado. I think his defense is underrated...yes, his head movement could be a little better, but he has a good method of keeping his hands up and using his offense as defense.

Thus, IMO, I have Rios winning via TKO in the later rounds. I think it's going to be an all out brawl, but by the 8th-9th round, I think the momentum is going to tip in Brandon's favor and it's just a matter of time before he stops Alvarado. I'm sure he's going to take a lot of leather to get there, but that's my prediction. Interested to see what you guys think!
I agree with what you said 100%. There is no need for me to say how I think the fight would go or why, because you have already done that. I pick Rios by late round KO but Alvarado is good enough that I won't be shocked if he wins.
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Old 10-07-2012, 07:27 PM
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Add a poll bro.

But yeah I can't call out a clear winner in this war. It can go either way, can't wait
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Old 10-07-2012, 08:54 PM
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Toss up fight since they both looked vulnerable their past couple of fights..Alvarado was getting hammered by Prescott before he gassed and Rios was getting out-boxed by Abril. Biggest fight for either guy..its a rarity two prime undefeated fighters go at it
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