This week SecondsOut’s big fight prediction is the Brandon Rios vs Mike Alvarado rematch made for the WBO interim light welterweight title at the Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas on Saturday.
See below who our army of writers think will be victorious this weekend.
I see this as another great fight and as exciting as the first fight. I see this as an even scrap up to the half way mark until Rios steps it up a notch to break Alvarado down around the ninth round
Rios tko 9
Editor In Chief
Having the opportunity to witness the first fight between these two last October was the most exciting fight I have ever seen in person. I had not given Rios-Alvarado II much thought until my approval for media credentials arrived in my email last week. I decided to watch a replay of the fight and then, the excitement set in, I suddenly realized I will again witness pure greatness, and again in person. Even if this fight is half as good as the first, boxing fans are in for one hell of treat. So, who will win? If you break it down, both fighters were fighting at a level rarely seen. Exchanging punches at a pace that left the crowd wondering, "how long can this go on." Rematches rarely live up to the hype, but this fight is different. In the first fight, Alvarado was ahead on the scorecards at the time of the stoppage. He was banging Rios with some blows that should have put him down, but Rios would not drop, instead he would often smile when hit. There is no doubt Alvarado will have to try something new to beat Rios, he will have to find his range and box. Rios is not taking this fight lightly, he is focused and determined as evidenced by his closed camp. Rios has proven that he can throw some blows and take some as well, he will have to fight Alvarado inside and work the body. In my opinion, Rios is the more focused fighter right now, we may see a different look from him. Rios wins this fight in the later rounds.
Rios tko . 7-9
The easy pick here would be Rios and that’s who I have been leaning toward ever since the rematch was announced. But something tells me Alvarado might be a little bit better prepared for the fire fight in front of him this time. My head says Rios by late round knockout but I’m going with a gut feeling and taking Alvarado. Whatever happens, it will be a thriller.
Alvarado TKO 9
Although they are fighting a rematch because fight 1 was so competitive and exciting, I think that this time it will be decidedly one sided with Rios scoring an earlier stoppage as he dominates his foe stopping him in the third or fourth frame.
Rios tko 3 or 4
I predict another great war with Rios winning a round or two quicker. There’s not much for me to offer in the way of analysis because I don’t believe either guy brings anything differently to the table other than the experience of fighting one another. Alvarado is tough, but he now knows Rios can seriously hurt him. Rios is tough and now he knows he can seriously hurt Alvarado. I don’t see it getting any more complicated than that..
Rio tko 5
It took one of the most amazing one punch knockouts in boxing history to displace Rios-Alvarado as the 2012 Fight of the Year. As excited as I am to see the rematch, I can’t see it turning out any differently. There have been sucker punches thrown that don’t land as cleanly as some of the uppercuts that Alvarado landed on Rios’ chin. However, nothing was able to deter Rios from coming forward and eventually willing his way to a stoppage win. Sure Alvarado could try to box on the outside, but it’s simply not in his DNA to avoid the fire fight that will be sure to break out. As long as Rios makes weight comfortably, he will again be able to stop Alvarado.
Rios tko 6
Their first fight was one of the best in years and SHOULD have won the Fight of the Year award (I’m looking at you, those who voted for Marquez-Pacquiao IV). With that said, Part 2 will be another classic war, one that will be a candidate for said award though the contest won’t be as terrific as the first. Both guys will get rocked and there may even be a knockdown at some point. Alvarado will still use his reckless balls-to-the-wall style but Rios will be more refined. Rios’ team will steer him clear of as many toe-to-toe exchanges, allowing him to win an exciting unanimous decision.
Rios w pts 12.
"I think this fight will be similar to the first one. Mike Alvarado boxed well and seemed to be ahead on the scorecards at the time of the stoppage. He’ll have to adjust this time around by keeping the fight on the outside and boxing more with his brain as opposed to with his heart and guts. Brandon Rios wants a war and will most likely get one because Alvarado, despite his boxing ability, will allow his heart to take over and oblige to the war Rios presents. The fight will go a little longer than the first, but with similar results."
Rios W TKO 9
Pittsburgh, PA, USA
Alvarado = 1
March 30, 2013