MANILA, Philippines – After a seven-round war in October 2012 that was considered one of the best fights of the year, top light-welterweights Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios and Mike Alvarado are set to fight for a second time.
ESPN and Boxing Scene both confirmed that Rios-Alvarado II will be held on March 30 at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.
“We got it done. We had to make the money work with HBO, and... it fell into place,” Top Rank chief executive Bob Arum told Dan Rafael of ESPN.
Rios and Alvarado battled toe-to-toe for six rounds last October in Los Angeles, before “Bam Bam” got the upperhand in the seventh round and win by technical knockout.
“It’s a can’t miss,” Top Rank vice president Carl Moretti told Boxing Scene. “They will pick up where they left off in round seven. How can it be different?” [http://www.boxingscene.com/rios-alvarado-rematch-finalized-march-30-las-vegas—61917]
Rios was hoping to face Filipino ring icon Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao following his victory, but that fight was scuttled after Pacquiao lost by knockout to his rival Juan Manuel Marquez in December 2012.
In an interview with ESPN, Rios said he was excited for the rematch with Alvarado.
“I am ready for this fight again,” he told Rafael. “The first fight was awesome. We traded big punches and we landed big shots.”
“This fight will be similar, but I know better how to fight him now. I’ve been watching our fight over and over and over. I have a feeling that in this fight, he will come back and try to outbox me from the outside,” Rios added.
“But I am ready for anything he brings.”
Rios is confident that he can knock Alvarado out again and this time, he wants to make sure it’s not via referee stoppage.
“I don’t want the referee to stop it and have Alvarado saying the referee stopped it too soon. I want a 10-count knockout. I want the 10-count,” he said.