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Rios: I Didn’t Lose, Mike Alvarado Ran A Lot in Rematch

by David P. Greisman

Brandon Rios thinks he didn’t deserve to suffer his first pro defeat in his unanimous decision loss to Mike Alvarado this past Saturday.

“When I watched the fight, I did not lose that fight,” Rios said Friday morning in an ESPN.com online chat. “I have it 7-5 or with some of the rounds, maybe a draw.”

The judges, however, had the bout in Alvarado’s favor: two of them scored it 115-113, while the third judge’s tally was 114-113.

“He ran the last three rounds. He didn't connect,” Rios said. “I was the one doing the more damage. The more chasing. The more hitting. That's why I thought I won those last three rounds.”

Judge Bill Lerch gave Alvarado rounds 10, 11 and 12, though, while judges Dave Moretti and Duane Ford had Rios winning the 11th.

Rios said he and his team thought this second bout would be just like their first war.

“With this fight, I did look slow,” Rios said. “I was heavy on my feet. He ran a lot. I didn't get any punches on him because he ran so much. I didn't get what I wanted off. It happens. I can not bring time back. He stuck to his game plan. I'm ready for the third one now.

“It was my mistake. We were preparing for another brawl,” he said. “That's how I messed up. It was our fault. But it was a good job. We cut the ring off. But when we did that, I didn't pursue more. Next time we'll be ready for another game plan. Whatever he brings.”

David P. Greisman is a member of the Boxing Writers Association of America. Follow David on Twitter @fightingwords2 or send questions/comments via email at [email protected]

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by xxjace on 04-06-2013

Rios clearly lost..I had it quite a bit wider thsn the judges.

Comment by Rome-By-Ko on 04-06-2013

[QUOTE=ElBossHogg™;13216144]yeah alvardo didnt run at all. [IMG]http://i.minus.com/i1RFyFMsdMznh.gif[/IMG][/QUOTE] This is called movement..Not running..:Flush:

Comment by rogdogx on 04-06-2013

I was going for Brandon but he lost this fight clearly. He also gassed out the last 3 rounds. You could have gave rios the 11th but he didn't cut the ring off and was content letting alvarado drop punches…

Comment by The Surgeon on 04-06-2013

I had Alvarado up by a single point. He deserved the win no doubt. Rios is a maniac who would go toe to toe with a Grizzly Bear and thinks lateral or backward movement is a crime or act of…

Comment by DannYankee on 04-06-2013

He bit hes tongue long enough i honestly thought hes down syndrome would spill out in the ring but he held almost a full week. And being honest thats hes SECOND defeat

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