Looking Back At Rios/Alvarado & Donaire/Nishioka

 Rios/Alvarado & Donaire/Nishioka Wrap up- My final thoughts
By: Albert Alvarez

Rios/Alvarado- What a fight!

Going into the match, I felt that Alvarado was going to be able to take the punishment and rally late to get by Bam Bam Rios. That however, was not the case. Rios proved that he was better fit to dish out as good as he was taking. The fight was so entertaining that I didn’t even bother to score it, Alvarado may have been up 4-2 or vise versa, or maybe it was 3-3 going into the seventh, who knows, all I know is that I was extremely entertained. Both fighters stood toe to toe and fired bombs at one another, but in the end, I felt that it was Rios’s thirst and hunger for a war that won it for him. Alvarado simply accepts the war, but Bam Bam Rios welcomes it. Big difference in the two. I agreed somewhat with the stoppage and loved the ” I want to take them to deep water, but I do not want to drown them’ line from referee Pat Russell, but I feel that every brawl needs to have Steve Smoger as the referee. The brawl was stopped in the 7th round, Mike Alvarado takes his first L and his record now stands at 33-1. Bam Bam Rios, improves to 31-0-1 and now is looking down the road to a possible match against the winner of the fourth installment, never ending battle between Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez.
Donaire puts Nishioka in his place- Nonito Donaire proved to be too much for Nishioka. Nishioka was so scared to death of Nonito’s left hook that he just about glued his right glove to his right temple. Donaire has a way about him that when you fight him, his opponents seem to go into shock when they see that quickness up close and personal. Nonito is very true to his nickname, the kid is a flash, too much quickness and power. Donaire wins by 9th round TKO and improves to 30-1. With the loss, Nishioka suffered his first loss in 8 years and is now 39-5-3. For Nonito, the plan from here should be to fight the Mares/Moreno winner, or take on the boogie man that is Rigondeaux. In my personal opinion, only Rigondeaux and Moreno would truly test Donaire. Mares is a very good fighter, but I see Donaire beating Mares to the punch. Time will tell.
AZ notes: Also on the card, Jose Benavidez Jr. fought and beat Pavel Miranda to remain undefeated at 17-0.  Benavidez along with his lethal jab was putting on a clinic through the first 7 rounds, then in the final minute of the last round, Miranda was able to hurt Benavidez. Good thing that Benavidez was able to have the boxing IQ to hang on, thus preventing Miranda to find the space needed to close the show. Very smart move by the young fighter.
Light heavyweight, Trevor McCumby improved to 7-0 by knocking out Elisero Durazo in the first round. McCumby is a killer! I’m looking forward to see what comes next for Benavidez and McCumby.
October 20th, Boxing back in Brooklyn- Alright folks, that does it for the wrap up, now it’s on to Brooklyn for Showtime Championship Boxing, Live at the Barclays Center on October 20th.
Devon Alexander vs. Randall Bailey, for Bailey’s IBF welterweight strap- My early pick is that Alexander will win the fight in a 8-4 rounds or 7-5 rounds type of fight.
Paulie Malignaggi vs. Pablo Cesar Cano, for Malignaggi’s WBA welterweight title- I see Malignaggi scoring at will and beating the tough Cano to the punch for most of the night. Malignaggi will be the hometown favorite for this historic fight card.
140 pound champ, Danny Garcia vs. future hall of famer, Erik Morales, The rematch- I see Garcia being too hot for Morales. There will be fires being set all around Morales and Morales will simply not be able to put out the fires. I’m picking Garcia to win by 9th round TKO.
The SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING telecast begins live at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast). Preliminary fights will air live on SHOWTIME EXTREME® beginning at 7:00 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast).