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Rios vs. Alvarado: Both Sides Predicting a Classic

by Keith Idec

Brandon Rios expects his fight against Mike Alvarado to mirror the spectacular savagery that was Gatti-Ward I.

Henry Delgado, Alvarado’s manager, called their highly anticipated 10-round junior welterweight fight “must-see TV.” Cameron Dunkin, Rios’ manager, admitted he would just as soon have waited to make what’s sure to be at the very least a “Fight of the Year” candidate.

“This is a fight that Brandon really asked for and it was the fight I was real hesitant [to make], of course,” Dunkin said. “I wanted to get him a couple of other fights and I talked to [trainer] Robert [Garcia] about that. But when it presented itself Brandon was so excited and I didn’t want to disappoint him, so we went to work on this fight. And boy, everybody’s really excited about it.”

The Alvarado-Rios fight will open a “Boxing After Dark” doubleheader on HBO from Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. HBO Sports executives pushed to make the Alvarado-Rios bout because the network had more money left within its 2012 budget to pay for the fight than it ordinarily doles out for “BAD” co-features.

The non-title fight will mark an official move to 140 pounds for Rios (30-0-1, 22 KOs), of Oxnard, Calif. The 32-year-old Alvarado (33-0, 23 KOs), of Thornton, Colo., has competed either at welterweight or junior welterweight throughout his eight-year pro career.

Keith Idec covers boxing for The Record and Herald News, of Woodland Park, N.J., and BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by ddangerous on 10-05-2012

[QUOTE=hougigo;12577688]so it's 10 rounds again?[/QUOTE] LOL, sure is

Comment by Catrin on 10-04-2012

IMA BE CHILLING ON 3rd ROW!!!!!! THIS ARE MEXICAN WARRIORS AT IT'S BEST!!!! Thanks for the fine evening of boxing! VIVA MEXICO MIS CABRONES!!! PURO SUR KALIFAS

Comment by M4RK on 10-04-2012

Cant wait!

Comment by El Angel on 10-04-2012

The rest of us are expecting a classic too. Make it happen please :boxing:

Comment by -MAKAVELLI- on 10-04-2012

i'm also expecting a classic...i almost forgot Donaire was fighting also

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