Co-stars of one this era’s most intense and exciting boxing rivalries — Denver’s “Mile High” Mike Alvarado and Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios of Oxnard, Calif. — announced the final chapter of their epic trilogy at a Denver press conference today.
Boasting a combined record of 66-5-1 (45 KOs) — a winning percentage of 92% and a victory by knockout ratio of 68% — each warrior owns a victory in the series — both of which were candidates for Fight of the Year in 2012 and 2013. Alvarado-Rios 3 is scheduled for 12 rounds on Saturday, January 24, at the 1STBANK Center, located in the Denver suburb of Broomfield, CO. The fight will be televised live on HBO, beginning at 9:45 p.m. ET/PT.
“This is going to be like our wars in fight no. 1 and fight no. 2.
“We are two warriors. We will go into the middle of the ring and mix it up.
“For me, all of this is for one thing — redemption.”
“If Alvarado wants to go the center of the ring and trade, he will feel my power right away.
“A few of my big punches and he will change his game plan.
“That’s when I hunt him down, win the fight.”
“This is a rematch made in heaven,” said Todd duBoef, president of Top Rank.
“Their first two fights were barn burners and arguably Fights of the Year. Alvarado and Rios know what is at stake. Fans can expect to see a finale that will rival, if not surpass, the legendary Morales-Barrera and Pacquiao-Marquez wars.”
“In 2015, we begin with a trilogy’s conclusion. In the course of two years and 3,003 punches exchanged between them, Mike Alvarado and Brandon Rios traded triumphs,” said Peter Nelson, vice president, programming, HBO Sports.
“Now, in their third fight, both seek to author their saga’s definitive chapter. Styles make fighters, but fights themselves are made from heart, and fans recognize that these men have two of the biggest hearts in boxing. On January 24, Alvarado-Rios 3 promises to be a must-see event.”
Promoted by Top Rank, tickets priced $40-$250 to the Alvarado-Rios welterweight championship event will go on sale just in time for the holiday gift giving season — this Friday December 12, at 10:00 a.m. MT, and will be available at www.AltitudeTickets.com or by phone at 866-461-6556. Tickets may also be purchased at the Pepsi Center box office, beginning on Saturday, December 13.