Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios took care of business against “Mile High” Mike Alvarado Saturday night on HBO Boxing from Broomfield, Colorado. In the rubbermatch of their trilogy, Rios dominated and destroyed Alvarado, with the ringside doctor calling a halt to the action after three one-sided stanzas.
The Alvarado vs. Rios 3 results seemed to showcase two important factors. First, Alvarado clearly wasn’t ready for this fight, physically or mentally. He admitted as much himself, and it was easy to see. He’s spent time in jail, and he was arrested yet again in the weeks leading up to this fight. There’s no way he was in shape and prepared for this kind of war.
Second, Alvarado isn’t the same fighter he was — not only from the two previous battles with Rios, but from the brutal stoppage defeat he suffered at the hands of Ruslan Provodnikov. There’s no 100% recovery from that type of loss and the damage which was inflicted there, and that certainly seemed the case here.
Of course, all of that said, Rios still deserves the credit for coming in focused, prepared, in shape, and ready for battle. This win certainly propels him back into the limelight in the division, and there are plenty of intriguing fights out there for him.
In the opening fight of the night’s HBO Boxing results, we saw Gilberto Ramirez win a wide decision against tough contender Maxim Vlasov. Ramirez out-worked him and landed the harder, more telling shots, but Vlasov proved to be tricky and game. For Ramirez, he’s still clearly on the upward swing, but not ready for the premier guys in the division.
Follow back up with us tomorrow and into next week for more analysis and post-fight coverage from tonight’s Alvarado vs. Rios 3 results.