Five months after their first meeting - an all out war that Rios sensationally won in the seventh - Mike Alvarado and Brandon Rios share another fantastic scrap that ends with an Alvarado unanimous decision.
It was one of the most eagerly anticipated rematches in recent memory after their electric bout last October, and it did not fail to deliver. Many are already talking about act two of Rios-Alvarado as a fight of the year contender, with the two Americans delivering another absorbing contest from the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, Las Vegas.
Rios rocked Alvarado in the first, and it looked like we could be in for the same result as their first fight, which was stopped in the seventh. But the gritty Alvarado showed great heart to recover and, once he'd established himself, he produced the more eye-catching work.
Although Alvarado (above) did trade with Rios on a few occasions, he spent the majority of the fight picking off "Bam Bam" at range and not allowing him to get inside. It was a wise approach from Alvarado as he inflicted a first career defeat upon Rios. He knew from their first fight that if he got involved in a tear up, Rios' knockout power would be too much to contend with, and so he boxed clever.
As the final bell sounded, both men threw their hands in the air to claim the win, but it Alvarado had just done enough to edge Brandon Rios out and gain revenge.
Rios' Interim WBO World Light-Welterweight title will be up for grabs as Mike Alvarado looks for revenge over the man who beat him down into a seventh round TKO last October. There's simply no over-hyping this fight, and it's one of those fights that has all the makings of an instant classic.
When their first fight was waved away in the seventh, the scores read 57 - 57 on two cards and Rios was ahead by one point on the remaining card. That just goes to show how close the fight was, as the two men simply stood and traded for 20 minutes of pulsating, unrelenting action.
It seemed like the fight could end at any stage. The pendulum swung furiously from Rios to Alvarado and back again as they traded leather, keeping the Home Depot Center crowd off their feet for almost the entire bout.
And now we're set for act two of a stunning rivalry that promises to deliver a great deal to the loyal BoxNation viewers from the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, Las Vegas, LIVE and EXCLUSIVE this Saturday night.
30 March 2013, 23:59:00
American up and comer Terence Crawford enjoyed a healthy margin of victory as he outclassed Colombia's Breidis Prescott over ten rounds in the night's main supporting fight.
Prescott (above) was no match for Crawford, who took a 100 - 90, 99 - 91, 97 - 93 win across the three scorecards to secure his 20th career win at the age of 25. It was Crawford's first appearance at 140lbs, and he certainly didn't look out of place against Amir Khan's one time conqueror Prescott.
The light-welterweight division is packed with some of boxing's best pound-for-poiund stars right now, and the stylish Nebraska right hander will be hoping that he can one day join them. There's no doubt that confident wins over the likes of Prescott, a former WBO Intercontinental belt holder, will stand the improving Crawfod in good stead.
The Colombian made a real statement when he shocked the boxing community and knocked out Amir Khan in the first round in 2008. Prescott has since lost four of his ten fights, however, and needs a win over the 19 - 0 Crawford, 25, to show that he has what it takes to mix it with the best.