I mean this one will gone down in the books as one of boxing’s greatest fights.
The last time these two met at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., they were the semi-main event, and it ended in round seven, with Rios being the victor.
Both guys showed true grit,determination, courage, fortitude, and whatever else you want to call it
This time though, it went the full distance as Mike Alvarado came out and fought a much smarter fight than the last time in this bout that turned out to be a very entertaining event.
From the opening bell these guys came out swinging toe to toe, and it didn’t stop until the last round. This is what boxing should always be about so that the boxing fans at ringside and at home can get their moneys worth.
Earlier in the fight Alvarado nearly got dropped from a solid left hook coming from Rios, but he no doubt was in great condition because he was able to keep his footing and remain in the fight.
Rios also got into some trouble near the ninth as Alvarado peppered him with combinations, and as the bout gradually moved toward the end, it became apparent that Alvarado had gotten the edge. And after twelve grueling rounds, all three judges scored a unanimous decision for Mike “Mile High” Alvarado.
This bout reminded me so much of the Corrales vs Castillo historic match that took place several years ago in which both fighters poured out their hearts and souls in the ring ( boy what a fight!).
Top Rank Inc. must be acknowledged for putting on a fantastic event at the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Resort.
This was a great night of boxing.
It’s highly possible that we could see part three of this continuing saga. As I always say, we’ll see what happens.
I can’t go without mentioning a young kid named Terrance Crawford who hails out of Omaha, Nebraska.
This is a kid who came in as a last minute replacement opponent for Bredis Prescott.
I don’t think that people thought he had a chance to beat Prescott. Boy, did he prove everybody wrong.
He actually went in there and gave this well seasoned veteran the time of his life.
He outboxed him and displayed lateral movement throughout the entire bout.
And at the end of ten, he was rightly rewarded a unanimous decision.
This kid really has promise, and I hope we see more of him.
Bob Arum is doing another show in China this weekend that will be telcast live on HBO2 that will feature the pro debut of two time Olympic Gold medalist and three time amateur champion, Zou Shiming.
Also in the spotlight, Brian Viloria defends his WBO/WBA flyweight titles against Juan Francisco Estrada.
Tim Ryan, Larry Merchant, and big George Foreman will do all the talking ringside from the Cotai Arena at the Venetian Macao Hotel and Resort.
And just when you thought you heard the last of Don King after Tavoris Cloud lost his IBF light heavyweight title to Bernard Hopkins, he comes back with an exciting card that’s scheduled for April12 at the Treasure Island Hotel and Resort in Las Vegas.
This show will feature Angelo ” La Cobra” Santana going against Carlos “El Profeta” Cardenas for the WBA interm lightweight championship.
Also being featured on the card, is a young kid out of Albany, New York named Amir Iman Risks who will put his undefeated record on the line (8-0 with 7 coming by way of knockout) as he goes against a more experienced Jeremy Bryan who is 16-2 with 7 coming by way of knockout.
This event will be telecast live on ShoBox the New Generation(Showtime Network),
And speaking of Don “Only in America” King, it’s true that we haven’t heard a lot from him lately. But you can never count him out. He just seems to take a lick, and keeps on ticking.
This is the guy who brought you the “Rumble in the Jungle”, the “Thrilla in Manila”, Holmes vs Cooney, Tyson vs Douglas, Tyson vs Holyfield I and II, and don’t forget, the “Crown Affair” that featured Michael Dokes defending his WBA heavyweight title against Mike Weaver, and Larry Holmes defending his WBC heavyweight title against “Terrible Tim Witherspoon at the old Dunes Hotel. He’s promoted some of boxing’s greatest like Ricardo Lopez, Salvador Sanchez, Roberto Duran, Terry Norris, etc., and I could go on and on.
So I say to all those people who think that he’s done, don’t count him out yet.
It’s not over until God says it’s over.
One final footnote, the Florida Supreme Court just recently gave Don King a victory as it ruled in his favor 6-1 regarding the sale of a piece of real estate that was a Jai Lai arena that he originally planned to renovate.
The court ruled that oral agreements to modify the written contract for the sale of the property (reportedly worth 23,000,000.00) were invalid.
This is a case that’s been going on for 9 years now, and it’s not clear yet if the 1,000,000.00 deposit will have to be returned. But right now it’s a victory for Don, only in America.
And least I forget, the Chris” The Nightmare” vs Bermane Stiverne match up is finally going down at the Citizens Bank Arena in Ontario, Calif., on April 27.
This is a Goossen Tutor Promotion in association with Don King Productions. It is a heavyweight title elimination bout that has been rescheduled more than twice and it will be telecast live on HBO Championship Boxing on Saturday night April 27.
As I always say, we’ll see what happens.
Mohammed Mubarak is a boxing writer and his column can also be seen in the Pace News, the Inland Valley News, and the High Desert Inland Valley News. He can be contacted at [email protected] for your comments.