By Marc Livitz: The most and sometimes least of which fans of boxing can hope for is a satisfying paid ticket-to-ring action comparison once the evening is a memory. Quite and perhaps too often, fight fans present and past voice their opinions in regard to the lack of activity or fireworks within the squared circle. They want Hagler/Hearns, Pryor/Arguello or a similar classic to sink into their own collective boxing memories. Last October, a showdown took place between two fighters in the talent-laden junior welterweight division. Just outside of Los Angeles, California in nearby Carson, undefeated boxer Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios and then undefeated Mike “Mile High” Alvarado participated in a seven round back and forth, see-saw type matchup which had just about everything for which dedicated fight fans clamor. The two pugilists stood toe to toe during many points of the bout and two of the three ringside judges saw the bout even until “Bam Bam” Rios (31(23)-0-1, Oxnard, CA.) proved too much for “Mile High” Mike (33(23)-1, Denver, CO.) to handle, which resulted in a stoppage of the action at the 1:57 mark the seventh round.
Rios was just six months removed from a highly controversial win over Richard Abril, which was a result many if not all boxing pundits agreed that Rios had lost. Alvarado, by contrast had been quietly racking up the knockout victories for his resume and had last participated on the undercard of the aforementioned Rios v Abril contest. On March 30, the two men will get another chance to settle their differences, only this time the beckoning lights will be coming from the fight capital of the world, Las Vegas. The bout will be aired on HBO’s “Boxing After Dark” at 10:15 ET/PT. Fans should be in for a real treat, especially on the heels of last week’s epic war between Timothy Bradley, Jr. and Ruslan Provodnikov. This afternoon, Rios and Alvarado participated in an international media conference call to discuss the upcoming rematch. The event is promoted by Top Rank.
Hall of Fame inductee and face of Top Rank Promotions, Bob Arum got the call started by acknowledging the impact of last week’s Bradley/Provodnikov fight and how he hoped the contest set for next weekend in Vegas would ignite the same type of passion from fight fans worldwide.
“We’re coming off the great fight from last Saturday and we’re looking at really one of the highlights of the first quarter of boxing on HBO. It was indescribably great and I’m sure we’ll see an equally great fight this time. We should get just that because both Brandon and Mike know how to bring it and that’s great for the sport and for the fans.”
Brandon Rios then spoke of his excitement for the interim WBO light welterweight title fight. The Oxnard boxer said, “Training camp has been great. I’m hyped up again. This will be another great fight and another great show. I’ll be meeting a warrior just like me in the ring.”
His opponent from Denver, Colorado heartedly agreed as he commented, “Everything’s on schedule. It should be another great show for everyone and I’m glad to have another opportunity.”
The commonplace trend in professional boxing is to let two fighters strengthen their respective resumes as opposed to immediately facing off once again in a rematch. However, such an opinion is shared by neither Rios nor Alvarado.
“No. It’s never too soon to do it again”, said Brandon Rios. “If you’re a warrior like me, then you can’t wait to do it again. Why wait?”
Mike Alvarado’s opinion was just as blunt as he said, “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.”
Mr. Arum then commented on the upcoming bout.
“I usually don’t like to do immediate rematches, but this first fight was so great and the demand was there. The HBO team came up with a great financial package and each fighter will be earning considerably more than their previous fight. The exception trumps the rule.”