By Ryan Burton
Mike Alvarado recently told BoxingScene.com 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 BoxingScene.com.
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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