Rios: Mike Alvarado Will Eventually Brawl, That's His Style

By Ryan Burton

Mike Alvarado recently told that he has made some changes to his game plan and that he is going to use his boxing skills more on Saturday night when he faces Brandon Rios in a rematch of last October's "Fight of the Year" battle.

When I asked Rios for his reaction to Alvarado's comments, he didn't believe the Colorado native was capable of making those adjustments.

"He came in and he tried to box me but he could only do that for a while because I am going to keep applying pressure. I'm going to be breathing on his breathe and eventually he had to fight my fight," Rios explained.

Rios took it a step further by saying that he hasn't ever seen Alvarado outbox anyone and doesn't think that such drastic changes in style can be madeonly 5 months after their first encounter.

"He's a fighter. He's never boxed in his entire career. Not even once in any of his fights has he boxed in his entire career. He's always been a toe to toe fighter. Once he gets hit he will go back to fighting how he always fights," Rios told

Their first encounter took place in Carson, CA close to Rios' backyard of Oxnard. This fight takes place in Las Vegas and Rios said that he doesn't have any problems with the venue change.

"It doesn't matter to me where we fight. Last week they said there were 1500 tickets left, probably less now, so I'm pretty sure it will be a sell out," Rios stated.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by CubanGuyNYC on 03-29-2013

[QUOTE=HanzGruber;13191346]rios is gonna have brain damage before 30 if he wants to continue being a punching bag[/QUOTE] He's already slurring is speech. That doesn't bode well for his future.

Comment by THE REED™ on 03-29-2013

Rios has grown on me... funny guy who wears his nuts on his sleeve... but he's still a loss waiting to happen... any given saturday with him.

Comment by nycsmooth on 03-29-2013

Rios said it best...I look 4 a late round Rios tko...

Comment by ddangerous on 03-29-2013

Rios will eventually walk him down again.

Comment by DosRounds on 03-29-2013

If its a brawl from the start rios will win in Dos round Alvarado is damaged goods. The beating from the last fight and also the altercation with the knife

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