On October 13, 2012, Mike Alvarado and Brandon Rios stepped into a boxing ring on the undercard of a Nonito Donaire title fight. Boxing enthusiasts knew that these two might deliver something special - and deliver they did.
Over the course of 7 rounds, Rios and Alvarado engaged in the kind of all-action slugfest that combat sports often promises, but so rarely delivers. The two men mixed together technique, aggression, and pure bravado to create one of the best fights in recent years - arguably the fight of the year for 2012.
This Saturday, March 30, they do it again.
On HBO Boxing After Dark this Saturday, Brandon Rios and Mike Alvarado meet in a rematch of their 2012 epic. Rios leads the series 1-0 - can Alvarado tie it up? More to the point, can they recreate the magic of that October night?
What better way to get ready for Rios vs. Alvarado II, than by watching action from that first encounter? Here then, is HBO's Look Back: Rios vs Alvarado, featuring fight video highlights from their first encounter. If you've never seen the fight - watch these clips, then clear your calendar Saturday night. If you have seen it before, then let this remind you what you have to look forward to Saturday.
Join us here at Bloody Elbow for Rios vs. Alvarado results, discussion, and live fight coverage this Saturday, March 30.