January 24th sets the stage for the third fight between Brandon Rios(32-2) and Mike Alvarado(34-3). The series is 1-1 with Rios winning the first grudge match by 7th round TKO and Alvarado winning the second by taking it the distance and getting the unanimous decision victory.
Both men are tough fighters from rough backgrounds who seemed to hit their ceiling in boxing. Both losing convincingly to future Hall-of-Famers, and combined have lost their last five of seven fights. Their trilogy may be the only mark these two fighters leave in boxing, and I’m sure both fighters do not want to be exclusively known for three fights – only a fraction of what they have accomplished in their careers.
In the world of boxing trilogies we have seen great match-ups. Two men that seemed they were born to fight each other stepping in the ring three times and putting their health on the line just to prove they are the better man.
Match-ups like Ali/Frazier, Ward/Gatti, and Barrera/Morales showed fans three fights each with two warriors, but also showed the face of what boxing was in that division.
January 24th is World War 3 for these two fighters and I do not doubt that it will live up to its potential from their first two meetings. With my growing excitement for the fight my curiosity also builds as to how each man will continue in their career. The result of the fight could be a world title opportunity for one fighter, or even a surprise retirement for the other. It could even pave the way for a fourth fight. All I know is I’ll be watching January 24th, and I’ll be watching to see what the future has in store for both of these warriors.
Is Alvarado – Rios a trilogy that will go down in history?