By David Martinez / dmboxing.com
In their third “rubber match” fight it wasn’t even close. Brandon Rios (33-2-1 / 23 by KO) stopped Mike Alvarado (34-3 / 23 by KO) in three rounds, at the 1st Bank Center, Broomfield, Colorado.
Rios started off quickly from the start and never looked back, punishing Alvarado almost at will in every round. Rios dropped Alvarado with a left hook in round three, which proved to be the beginning of the end. Alvarado survived the round (barely) but the fight was stopped after round three.
Rios claimed the vacant WBO International welterweight championship and he has certainly put himself in line for some big bouts at 147 pounds.
Personally, this was an easy fight to pick for me. With Alvarado dealing with recent distractions with the law and with two straight losses; three out of the four to Rios, Ruslan Provodnikov, Juan Manuel Marquez, I was convinced by these measures that he was not the same fighter and a shadow of himself prior to Rios.
Alvarado’s career is in limbo and he surely needs to sort himself out away from the sport before contemplating a return back to the ring!