SAN DIEGO, January 25, 2015 – Brandon Rios mowed down a lackluster, unprepared Mike Alvarado, making it a quick night in Denver with a third round TKO stoppage.
Alvarado chose not to come out for round 4. The ringside physician advised referee Jay Nady that Alvarado’s vision was a problem, seeing double when he was asked to state how many fingers the doctor was showing him. It was two; Alvarado said four.
The outcome wasn’t ever in doubt from the start. After a minute of settling in, Rios went to work. Unlike in their previous fights, Alvarado couldn’t answer. Rios attacked Alvarado with his trademark overhand short hooks setting up vicious close quarters upper cuts. It was one of those upper cuts that forced Alvarado to take a knee and an eight-count in round 3.
For the fans it was an anticlimactic end to the trilogy. For Rios it was a revival of his boxing career after his loss to Manny Pacquiao in November 2013. He looked fit, focused, and his head was right.
“I had to come well prepared,” said Rios. “This could have been the end of my career. I never thought it was going to be easy, I know Mike is a warrior, he has power in both hands.”
Watching the replay of the upper cut that caused Alvarado to take a knee, Rios said, “That’s my favorite punch, I love my upper cuts… We practice those shots in the gym, over hand, upper, over hand, upper. You can see what I can do when I’m at my best.”
Rios said he would defer to manager Cameron Dunkin’s choice for his next opponent, but said, “I’ll fight the Russian (meaning Ruslan Provodnikov), Victory Ortiz. Whatever he says, I’m ready for it. I’m a fighter, I’m a warrior, I’ll fight anybody.”
Alvarado admitted after the fight his distractions outside the ring involving an arrest and jail time left him unable to get ready. “It was all in the preparation, I didn’t train like I should have been. That’s what I get,” Alvarado told HBO’s Jim Lampley. “I’m far at peace from myself. I didn’t give it all I got.”
Alvarado needs to take care of his personal business, and think carefully where his boxing career stands. Alvarado said he’s not done, but it may not be his choice. If he ends up incarcerated, the only workouts he’ll get will be in the prison yard. He’s 34 years old and burning daylight.
In the meantime, Rios’s stock is rising. He’s only 28, he’s entertaining, he seems to have matured a bit, and he’s fighting with a happy heart. Alvarado is fighting with a heavy heart, and that made the difference Saturday.
Mexican super middleweight Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez (31-0, 24 KOs) won a unaimous decision over Russian Maxim Vlasov (30-2, 15 KOs) to remain undefeated. Scores were 97-93, and two by 96-94. It wasn’t a terribly exciting fight from the fan perspective, but ten rounds of a learning experience for both fighters.
Ramirez was by far the busier fighter, landing 64 more punches than Vlasov (179 to 115). The connect percentage was the same at 28 percent overall. Ramirez works nicely to the body, but he didn’t seem to be able to close the show. Vlasov ran out of steam two thirds of the way through the 10-round fight. It’s hard to say whether it was a lack of proper traning or the ofted cited altitude in Denver, Colorado.
Still, it wasn’t a poor enough showing to derail Ramirez being groomed as The Next Big Mexican Star. HBO’s Jim Lampley did his level best to pump up Ramirez in the eyes of the fans, but he is nowhere near ready for the likes of Andre Ward or even Julio Caesar Chavez Junior.
Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, APR, is President/Owner of the Falcon Valley Group in San Diego, California. She is also a serious boxing fan covering the Sweet Science for Communities. Read more Ringside Seat in Communities Digital News. Follow Gayle on Facebook and on Twitter @PRProSanDiego.
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