Great Expectations: Rios-Alvarado 2 – Boxing’s Mile High Moment of 2013

Rios vs Alvarado 2: Mile High Expectations 

Suffering has been stronger than all other teaching, and has taught me to understand what your heart used to be. I have been bent and broken, but – I hope – into a better shape.
Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

Brandon Rios

Brandon Rios: The Pride of Oxnard – Bam Bam looks to repeat his heroics of the first bout this Saturday in Vegas.

Brandon Rios is a solid favorite to again beat Mike Alvarado on Saturday night in Las Vegas. The two all-action fighters went toe to toe during much of the first installment and two judges had the bout even until “Bam Bam” (31(23)-0-1) overwhelmed “Mile High Mike Alvarado (33(23)-1) to handle, which resulted in a stoppage of proceedings at the 1:57 into the Round 7 in an instant all-time classic slug fest.

As is customary with a war which becomes instantly becomes a solid candidate for fight of the year any rematch takes on grandiose tones. Carson, California gives way to the bright lights of the world’s boxing mecca – Las Vegas, Nevada. When Brandon Rios & Mike Alvarado last collided  Rios was coming off of a highly controversial win over Richard Abril. Alvarado had last seen action on the under-card of that very same Rios v Abril show.

I must be taken as I have been made. The success is not mine, the failure is not mine, but the two together make me.
 Charles DickensGreat Expectations

The working hypothesis in prize fighting is to let two boxers strengthen their respective brands independently as opposed to rematch right away. Neither Rios nor Alvarado buy that though.

No. It’s never too soon to do it again. If you’re a warrior like me, then you can’t wait to do it again. Why wait? Brandon Rios.

I agree with Brandon. I wouldn’t want to wait any longer. People want to see this again and we’re ready to do it again.Mike Alvarado

Neither Rios nor Alvarado is the type of fighter to suffer from analysis paralysis – they go in there & get to work – often times with dramatic consequences that are invariably fan friendly in nature. All they ask for is a dance partner willing to stand in front of them & exchange. Once again – they both have one & boxing has reason to lick its collective lips in anticipation.

No varnish can hide the grain of the wood; and that the more varnish you put on, the more the grain will express itself.
― Charles DickensGreat Expectations

There wasn’t much not to like when Brandon Rios and Mike Alvarado met in October. If the second stanza is anything like as good the first classic clash, it won’t have come a moment too soon for the sport of boxing.

I am what you designed me to be.I am your blade. You cannot now complain if you also feel the hurt.
Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

Weigh In

Brandon Rios 140 – Mike Alvarado 140
Breidis Prescott 140 – Terence Crawford 139.5
Jose Ramirez 139.5 – Charle Dubray 138.5

Miguel Berchelt 131 – Carlos Claudio 131.5
Michael Finney 152.5 – Osvaldo Rojas 152
Juan Guajardo 210 – Brett Rather 240
Roberto Lopez 144 – Juan Heraldez 146
Manuel Lopez 142.5 – Jason Tresvan 143.5
Tremaine Williams 123 – John Herrera 122.5

Take nothing on its looks; take everything on evidence. There’s no better rule.
Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

Matt Hamilton, for ESNewsReporting!

Matt Hamilton

Matt Hamilton