Mike Alvarado Plans To Pressure, Hit Brandon Rios Often

By Ryan Burton

Top junior welterweight contender Mike Alvarado (33-0) is a little over a week a way from the biggest fight of his career. He has gained exposure recently by fighting on two of Manny Pacquiao's recent pay-per-view undercards. On a recent edition of BoxingScene's official audio show The Boxing Lab,  Alvarado told us that he feels those fights plus his most recent fight versus Mauricio Herrera have given him the experience he needs when he faces Brandon Rios next Saturday.

"I feel like these last few fights have helped my boxing and give me more experience.  I have the experience that I need. Its going to be my night," Alvarado stated.

The Colorado native understands that most of the fans in attendance will be pro Rios fans. The fight takes place in Carson, Calif., a short driver from Rios' home base of Oxnard but Alvarado isn't worried. He said that he will stay focused on th task at hand. 

"I've never been overwhelmed by a big stage or the atmosphere. I never felt the pressure by the big stage. I always stay focused on my opponent," Alvarado told The Boxing Lab.

I recently spoke to Alvarado's trainer Shann Vilhauer who said that Mike's boxing ability is underrated and that it will play a key factor in the fight against Rios. I relayed Vilhauer's thoughts to Alvarado who agreed with his trainer but also said that he enjoys slugging it out inside of the ring.

"It can be (a key factor). My boxing skills are underrated but I like fighting though. I don't like a tag you're it fight. You try to touch me I try to touch you. It's boring. If it's a close fight I don't like to chance it. I like to hit you, pressure you, and accelerate your heart and go for it," Alvarado revealed.

While Alvarado doesn't think the fight will go the distance he will be prepared to fight till the final bell. He said that his strength and conditioning work have been stellar and that it will show should the fight go to the final rounds.

"I always prepare for 15 rounds. I like to be fresh even in that last round. I always have my strength and conditioning on point. I will be ready for however many rounds it lasts on October 13th," Alvarado stated.

You can listen to the interview in its entirety by clicking here:

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by .:: JSFD26 ::. on 10-04-2012

[quote=SpeedKillz] Quote: Originally Posted by jsfd26 I'm with y'all. Kinda surprised so many people are picking Rios actually. Posted from App for Android i am in awe that ANYONE is picking rios. I always go with the guy that…

Comment by A.K.A on 10-04-2012

[QUOTE=SpeedKillz;12577404]i am in awe that ANYONE is picking rios. I always go with the guy that has at least SOME sort of skill, as opposed to the guy that is nothing in the boxing ring, as rios is. Im hearing…

Comment by SpeedKillz on 10-04-2012

[quote=Bababoey970;12577500]He got one gift in a fight hopefully he learned from it. Mike gets busted up easily and is coming in with the wrong game plan. He should use what boxing skills he has and try and box Rios. If…

Comment by ddangerous on 10-04-2012

Rios is only getting this amount of hate because you're only as good as your last fight, and his was with Abril. I think he is going to come into this fight dedicated and motivated. I don't believe Rios is…

Comment by Bababoey970 on 10-04-2012

[QUOTE=SpeedKillz;12577439]only way i see rios winning if is by way bob arum. they can do anything at this point, after that abril fight. bottom line is rios is a total and utter joke with less than minimal skills and virtually…

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