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 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

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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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