According to the Denver Post, Top Rank Promotions will officially announce the popular rubber match sometime next week, likely Tuesday. The loser of this third installment, which was an easy sell for HBO and Top Rank, is a crossroads for both fighters. A win, and the victor could easily catapult into another decent money fight and shot at a title or at least a top flight fighter in the welterweight division.
The agreed weight for this one will be as heavy as either Alvarado or Rios have been, agreeing to fight at 147; likely because each of them have historically struggled in their training habits and making weight. Alvarado is coming off two straight losses since his 2013 win over Brandon Rios (32-2-1, 23 KO’s) at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, NV. He has since lost two big fights against Ruslan Provodnikov and Juan Manuel Marquez. Similarly, Rios has lost two of his last three fights; one against Mike Alvarado (34-3, 23 KO’s), and one against Manny Pacquiao. Most recently, in August, Rios came away with a meaningless victory over Diego Chaves, who was disqualified in a fight many viewers had Rios losing at the time the fight was stopped. Chaves is now set to fight Timothy Bradley on December 13, at the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas, NV.
Despite each fighters’ recent struggles, this one is sure to be just as entertaining as their first two, if not more so. Fight fans can and should get excited for it. It will be a good venue to get the 2015 fight season kick started. Their history and styles alone make it a must see rubber match; not to mention how much is on the line for both men moving forward in their careers. This fight has such remarkable implications both financially and for their legacy in boxing. It’s basically a do or die fight. That said, fans should expect nothing short of a bloody and exhausting brawl of attrition. This time, it will be in Alvarado’s backyard at the FirstBank Center in Broomfield, CO. He last fought there against Ruslan Provodnikov in October 2013, which did not end well.
I mentioned this fight back in September as a possibility for January. Well here it is, and as a Colorado native I have to believe there will be a strong crowd of raucous 303 fans hyped up and determined to see different results in Broomfield this time around. Let’s see if January brings some Mile High magic for both Mike Alvarado and the Broncos!
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