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 Last update:  1/30/2013       Read more by Rick Reeno         
   
Rios-Alvarado Rematch Finalized, March 30 in Las Vegas
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By Rick Reeno & Edward Chaykovsky

A second war is coming. Top Rank has announced that a junior welterweight rematch between Brandon Rios and Mike Alvarado will take place on March 30th at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. HBO will televise. The first meeting took place last October at Los Angeles' Home Depot Center and saw Rios (31-0-1, 23 KOs) stop Alvarado in the seventh round of a classic.

"It's a can't miss. They will pick up where they left off in round seven. How much can it be different," said Top Rank VP Carl Moretti to BoxingScene.com.

Alvarado (33-1, 23 KOs) was not happy with the referee's decision to stop the fight in the seventh and afterwards he demanded a rematch. The shot-callers at HBO were clamoring for a second meeting between the two boxers. Rios was being positioned for an April fight with Manny Pacquiao, but those plans were quickly changed when Pacquiao was knocked out in last December's fourth meeting with Juan Manuel Marquez.

"The way that Pacquiao and Marquez ended, sort of entailed with those guys fighting each other. The way it ended, it directed itself to its own fifth fight. The biggest fight you could make for Rios is Alvarado even though he won the first one," Moretti said.

One possibility for the HBO televised co-feature is a battle of undefeated welterweights with Wale "Lucky Boy"  Omotoso (23-0, 19KOs) and Jessie Vargas (21-0, 9KOs) locking horns. The HBO co-feature has yet to be decided, says Moretti.

"There are like four possibilities [for the co-feature] being disucssed with HBO and various camps. I think it will take through the weekend to figure out what it will be," Moretti said.

Tags: Brandon Rios , Mike Alvarado , Rios-Alvarado Rematch , Rios vs. Alvarado Rematch



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comment by DominiBox, on 01-31-2013
[QUOTE=Muscles72]Well said I agree only way Alvarado wins is by ko rios is too tough for him.[/QUOTE] Wrong. Alvarado's mistake was standing there and fighting toe to toe with a guy like Rios. He was supposed to box him, not get into a brawl. I'm glad we got an exciting fight, but it was a wro...

comment by DominiBox, on 01-31-2013
[QUOTE=MC Hammer]Arum is on his last leg. Every big fight this year except the maybe fight (Donaire/Rigo) is a rematch. All of these rematches are for no reason at that. TR is going down badly.:Flush:[/QUOTE] Haters gonna hate...and you don't have a clue of what you're talking about. Every REAL ...

comment by MC Hammer, on 01-31-2013
Arum is on his last leg. Every big fight this year except the maybe fight (Donaire/Rigo) is a rematch. All of these rematches are for no reason at that. TR is going down badly.:Flush:

comment by Joe2608, on 01-31-2013
Alvarado was punishing Rios for most of the fight so a rematch is fair imo. Only problem is he hit Rios with everything he had and he couldn't hurt him so i'm not sure how he's going to win because you know Rios will drag him into a brawl. I can't see Alvarado being able to box for 12 rounds.

comment by G22, on 01-31-2013
Great fight 1st time round but too soon for a return. The time isnt right. If Alvarado won they would need a decider and after 3 wars both guys would be done. Spread it out over their careers like Barrera - Morales rather than have them in close sucession and finish them off like Gatti - Ward. ...

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