BRANDON RIOS is one of boxing's natural born thrillers and he doesn't know what it is to be in a bad fight.

Brandon Rios

Since BoxNation started back in October 2011, few fighters have delivered as much excitement to the 'Channel of Champions' as the 28-year-old American.

Five of his last six fights have all been on BoxNation and he is back in action against his great rival Mike Alvarado when they collide in Colorado on Saturday night.

He scored his greatest triumph over 'Mile High' Mike, stopping him in a sensational war back in October 2012, but five months later Rios lost the rematch on points. The fight to settle it once and for all has been brewing ever since.

It isn't just a rubber match on BoxNation this weekend. For the loser, his career at the highest level will appear to have hit the buffers.

Brandon's last two fights have ended in a points loss against Manny Pacquiao in November 2013, and in his only fight last year he won a foul infested battle against  Diego Chaves on a disqualification.

Brandon Rios

There have been plenty of memorable nights in a professional career that began almost 11 years ago and yielded 32 wins, two losses and a draw.

We look back on five performances that got boxing talking.

October 2012 v Mike Alvarado I - W TKO 7

The scrap won Fight of the Year from Sports Illustrated. 'Bam Bam' was trailing on the judges' scorecards and looking booked for defeat, until landing a sledgehammer right that wiped the fight from Alvarado in round six. He never recovered and after 1 min 57 seconds of the seventh round, ref Pat Russell stepped in.

April 2012 v Richar Abril - W Pts

Just like his previous fight against John Murray, there was controversy when Rios failed to make 135lb. There was an even bigger storm at the final bell when he looked well beaten, but snatched a split decision, although failing to make weight meant he couldn't reclaim the WBA Lightweight crown. It wasn't his best performance against the clever Cuban, but a fight that will not be forgotten because of the controversy.

February 2011 v Miguel Acosta - W TKO 10

Tough Venezuelan Acosta was dropped three times before being smashed to defeat in the tenth round. Rios was let down by his defence and hurt to the body in the first half of the gruelling slugfest, but the tide turned when he dropped Acosta in round six with a massive right hand. Acosta soon retreated and it became a matter of time before Rios became WBA Lightweight champion.

September 2010 v Anthony Peterson - W DQ 7

Peterson had won all 30 professional fights and Rios was undefeated in 25 contests. Beforehand it was impossible to pick an obvious favourite. This fight was where Rios proved that he was for real. In round five Peterson was dropped for the first time ever as an amateur or professional and soon lost his mind. He was twice deducted a point in round six for low blows and when he repeated his crime in round seven, Russell Mora rightly disqualified him.

July 2011 v Urbano Antillon W KO 2

Things got nasty beforehand when Rios claimed that his rival abused his wife. They carried the hostilities into the ring. The opening six minutes were savage with no let up from either man. In round three Rios dished out a savage beating, dropping his challenger twice before the carnage was ended.

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