Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios showed he still has plenty in the gas tank in a three round destruction of “Mile High” Mike Alvarado. From the opening bell Alvarado looked exactly like the comments he made post fight, “I wasn’t training like I should have been, this is what I get.”
It was a site that inspired zero sympathy from the crowd and fight fans at home commenting on Twitter. Boxing is an unforgiving sport that gives no quarter to fighters that fail to prepare. Even the great Mike Tyson was knocked out by massive underdog James “Buster” Douglas in his prime after not training properly. The attitude and comments of Alvarado are unacceptable in boxing, to pretend that this is ok is disrespectful to the fighters that prepare properly and commit themselves to the art of destroying their opponents.
Brandon Rios on the other hand showed what proper preparation does for a fighter. He absolutely destroyed Alvarado like a human buzz-saw. From the onset of the first round it wasn’t hard to see that Rios couldn’t miss. Round two saw Alvarado getting hurt from right uppercuts and left hooks, visibly shaken Alvarado retreated to no avail.
In the third round Rios came out applying good pressure, throwing shots, and cutting the ring off well while landing punches in bunches. Rios landed a combination later in the round forcing Alvarado to take step back and voluntarily drop to a knee. After the round while on the stool the doctor put two fingers in Alvarado’s face and asked “how many fingers do you see?” Alvarado responded with “four” prompting the doctor to tell referee Jay Nady to stop the fight.
Following the stoppage Rios commented in his post fight interview with Jim Lampley “I got a lot of gas in my tank still” and he showed he is very dangerous. Rios could pose a lot of problems for a lot of fighters out there still. After his last two fights against Pacquiao and Chavez many had written off Rios as a perennial opponent, but he could still make some very interesting fights. “I got the deadliest uppercuts in the world” “I’ll fight whoever Victor Ortiz if he wants it, Bad Blood”
In the Co-Main Event Gilberto “El Zurdo” Ramirez 31-0 24 KO’s defeated Maxim Vlasov 30-2 15KO’s by unanimous decision in a spirited ten round fight that had good back and forth action. Vlasov who normally fights at light heavyweight didn’t have the firepower to stop the body punching attack of Ramirez that never stopped coming.
Ramirez showed that he isn’t yet ready for the elite at 168 pounds but he definitely is interesting to watch. Showing a relentless body attack and exciting come forward style the south paw was exposed a bit as he was tagged almost at will with right hands by the far less skilled Vlasov. The final scores on the fight were 96-94, and 97-92 twice.