Rios Alvarado 3

It’s do or die for both, Rios and Alvarado 

By Igor Frank 
The first fight between Brandon Rios and Mike Alvarado took place on a warm October night in 2012 at the Stub Hub Center in Southern California. A violent slugfest had fans on their feet and me holding my breath throughout. I remember thinking that this was my birthday present from Boxing Gods.” Bam Bam” Rios ended the night and Alvarado’s unbeaten record in the seventh round.  
Alvarado returned a favor and ended Rios’s undefeated record six month later in a rematch that took place in Las Vegas. It was another brilliant firefight. This time, however, “Mile High” Mike decided to utilize his boxing skills. He out boxed the slugger from Oxnard over twelve exciting rounds. 
These two thrilling battles left a mark in the hearts of fans as well as boxing history. Each warrior left it all in the ring twice. Perhaps they got nothing left. Both of their promising careers plummeted ever since. Bam Bam got schooled and dominated by ring great Manny Pacquiao in November of 2013 and on his way to loosing another fight in August of 2014 when Lady Luck smiled at him and his opponent from Argentina, Diego Chaves was disqualified. 
Lady Luck did not smile on Mike Alvarado. Siberian Rocky, Ruslan Provodnikov took his heart out and beat him into a submission in front of his hometown fans in Denver in October of 2013. Normally a fierce warrior, Alvarado remained on his stool at the conclusion of round ten. Alvarado blamed home distractions for a devastating loss. He moved his training camp to Los Angeles to prepare for a challenge against Mexican ring legend, Juan Manuel Marquez in May of 2014. The result wasn’t much different. Marquez dominated Alvarado over twelve rounds. Perhaps the only consolation was that “Mile High” Mike was able to hear a final bell while still on his feet. 
Brandon Rios (32-2-1,23KO’S) and Mike Alvarado ( 34-3,23KO’S) are scheduled to square off in the ring for the third and final time on January, 24th,2015 at the 1stBank Center at Bloomfield ,Colorado. Twelve rounds or less welterweight contest will be televised live by HBO. This could most likely be a career ending fight for the looser. At least twenty eight year old Rios stated that he would retire should he lose a rubber match. 
Thirty four year old Alvarado did not say he would retire, but one has only so many ring wars in him. Mike’s recent behavior outside the ring indicates that his mind might not be on boxing one hundred percent. He got arrested a few Saturdays ago at 4:15 in the morning for illegal possession of a fire arm. 
My question is what was he doing out at four in the morning during a training camp for a major fight? 
May be he was trying to emulate pound for pound best, Floyd Mayweather and had training session in the middle of the night? I seriously doubt it. 
Looking at a bright side; the winner of this fight and a bloody trilogy will instantly become relevant at the talent rich welterweight division and have options for future big fights and big paydays. Don’t miss it. It’s kind of like a playoff game in football; looser goes home and winner advances to the next round.