HBO Boxing will present “Road to Rios/Alvarado II,” an all-new special examining the upcoming junior welterweight rematch between Brandon Rios and Mike Alvarado. The two ring warriors engaged in an epic battle in October of 2012 that was one of the year’s top slugfests and most talked about encounters. The highly anticipated rematch will take place on Saturday, March 30 and be televised on HBO Boxing After Dark ®.
The “Road to Rios/Alvarado II” special, which will premiere on HBO on Saturday, March 16 at 12:15 a.m. ET/PT or immediately following the live presentation of World Championship Boxing, will feature a look back at their thrilling October contest as well as all new content including a portrait of both men’s journey from hardscrabble neighborhoods to the highest level of the boxing world.
On October 13, 2012, Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios (31-0-1, 23 KOs) stopped Mike Alvarado (33-1, 23 KOs) in the seventh round of the hotly contested fight. The two sluggers went toe-to-toe in a non-stop, action-packed bout. Having suffered his first professional loss on that warm night in southern California, Alvarado hopes to avenge the loss under the bright lights of the Las Vegas strip at the Mandalay Bay Events Center. Still undefeated, Rios is looking to pick up where he left off to show the boxing world that he is the man to beat at 140-pounds.
The 15-minute special will also be available on the HBO ON DEMAND® and HBO GO® platforms.
Additional HBO replay dates:
Saturday, March 16 at 12:15 a.m.
Sunday, March 17 at 12:30 p.m.
Monday, March 18 at 11:15 p.m.
Friday, March 22 at 8:45 p.m.
Sunday, March 24 at 8:15 a.m.
Monday, March 25 at 7:45 p.m.
Wednesday, March 27 at 12:00 p.m.
Thursday, March 28 at 7:45 p.m.
Friday, March 29 at 12:00 a.m.
Saturday, March 30 at 8:15 a.m.
Additional HBO2 replay dates:
Friday, March 22 at 9:00 a.m.
Tuesday, March 26 at 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday, March 27 at 9:15 p.m.
Sunday, March 31 at 10:45 a.m.
All times are ET/PT.
Promoter Sampson Lewkowicz wishes to congratulate his undefeated heavyweight powerhouse Magomed "Mago" Abdusalamov (17-0, 17 KOs) for his great victory over former Olympian Victor Bisbal (21-1, 15 KOs) at Resorts Hotel & Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, last Friday.
Fighting in the ESPN-televised co-main event, the unbreakable strength of Abdusalamov gradually overcame a spirited effort by the determined Bisbal. The TKO came at 1:12 of round five when Bisbal rose from a knockdown in no shape to continue.
With the victory, Abdusalamov successfully defended his WBC-USNBC Heavyweight Championship for the second time.
"Mago is too strong for anyone to handle," said Lewkowicz. "It is only a matter of time before he catches up to anyone we put in front of him. Victor Bisbal fought well for the first four rounds, but to keep Mago off of you, you have to burn too much energy and eventually you slow down and that's when his power will end the fight."
Abdusalamov will next defend his title against Argentina's Sebastian Ceballos (33-7-2, 25 KOs) on April 27 at Club Atlético Vélez Sarsfield in Buenos Aires, Argentina, as part of the Sergio "Maravilla" Martinez (50-2-2, 28 KOs) vs. Martin Murray (25-0-1, 11 KOs) WBC World Middleweight Championship undercard.
Manager and father figure, Boris Grinberg, says Team Abdusalamov is looking forward to the trip. "We want the world to see the next heavyweight champion, so we're very thankful for the opportunity to go to South America for our next big victory."
Promoted by Lou DiBella of DBE Entertainment, Sampson Lewkowicz of Sampson Boxing and Sergio Martinez of Maravilla Box, the blockbuster night of boxing on April 27 will also include several important championship fights, including Salta, Argentina's Luis Carlos Abregu (34-1, 28 KOs) vs. Montreal, Canada's Antonin Decarie (27-1, 8 KOs) for the WBC World Silver Welterweight Championship; Argentina's Claudia Lopez (22-6, 5 KOs) vs. Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic's Dahiana Santana (31-6, 14 Kos) for the IBF World Female Featherweight Title; Argentina's Damian Marchiano (18-9-1, 7 KOs) vs. Spain's Kiko Martinez (27-4, 19 KOs) for the WBA Latino Super Bantamweight Title; and Argentina's Diego Pichardo (8-3, 3 KOs) vs. Spain's Ivan Ruiz (8-1-1, 3 KOs) for the IBF Latino Jr. Bantamweight Title.
"Mago is taking all challengers," continued Lewkowicz. "He was invited to come to Argentina and fight one of their heavyweight prospects, so that's what he'll do. He is fearless and willing to go anywhere and fight any time. That's why he'll be champion someday soon. He is exactly what the division needs: a power puncher willing to fight anyone."
Gary Shaw Productions is excited to present lightweight contender Marvin Quintero (25-4, 21KOs) as he steps into the ring with Ammeth Diaz (31-11, 22KOs) in an IBF lightweight title elimination bout scheduled for 12 rounds on Friday, April 5th in the main event of ESPN Friday Night Fights. The fight will take place at the Chumash Casino in Santa Ynez, California.
The two lightweights have been on a collision course with each other and both have been in the ring with some of the division's best. Now, they will get the chance to meet and further separate the gap from one another.
Quintero is excited about getting the chance to get back to where he was and he says he will not squander his good fortune.
"I'm very grateful to my promoter Gary Shaw for getting me this opportunity. I feel for Diaz because I know he is a good fighter, but he is in an impossible position. Standing between me and my destiny is not a smart career move, but he can use this fight as a lesson while I use it to get myself one step closer to my dream," Quintero said.
Diaz knows how important this fight is and what a win could do for his career; he doesn't plan on making it an easy night for Quintero.
"I'm going through hell in training camp and because of that I will put Quintero through hell on the night of the fight. This is everything to me and I won't let anyone stop me, but if Quintero is going to try he better be prepared that night. He better be prepared to deal with a wild beast and I'm warning him now that this fight won't come down to who is more talented, it will come down to who is prepared to suffer the most. I will out will him," Diaz said.
Gary Shaw is excited about the prospects of this fight and what it will mean to the winner. Shaw is also confident that this matchup will give ESPN the quality show that fans have grown accustomed to seeing on the network this year.
"I want to thank Doug Loughrey of ESPN for giving us the opportunity to put on these exciting fights," said Shaw. "ESPN has had some terrific matchups this year and this fight is a continuation of that trend. These two young hungry lions will help ESPN to maintain the quality shows they've been televising. This is a terrific fight, actually the entire card will be terrific and the main event alone is fantastic."
"This is a really special matchup with some special circumstances. The winner between Marvin and Diaz will align himself very nicely in the division. I know these guys, this eliminator is like throwing a T-bone steak between two starving dogs and that is the kind of action they'll produce," Shaw concluded.