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Rios bests Alvarado, ends trilogy with stoppage
For Brandon Rios and Mike Alvarado, the two fighters provided closure to their rivalry by fighting one another for the third time last Saturday at the First Bank Center in Broomfield, CO. Rios (33-2-1, 24 Kos) stopped Alvarado (34-3, 23 KOs)in the third-round of a highly-anticipated, crossroads battle between two former world champions.
While the ending wasn’t exactly how everyone has previously imagined, the end-result was another reminder as to 1) just how brutal a sport boxing can be, and 2) the affect that boxing can have on an aging fighter.
Rios, a former WBA lightweight champion, proved that he is still young, strong, and has a few great fights left in his career. Rios, at age 28, was considered a shot fighter after he failed miserably in his bid to defeat Manny Pacquiao in November 2013, but he’s been keeping himself in tremendous shape in the last six months. Rios defeated Diego Chavez, via disqualification last August, and has started 2015 in thrilling fashion by beating an old rival.
Alvarado, a former WBO super lightweight champion, was plagued by legal troubles, and personal distractions. Alvarado, worn out from the years of punishing fights, didn’t have the focus or the energy to compete with the explosive Rios. Alvarado, loser of four of his last five fight, and three by knockout (two by Rios), suffered the second consecutive homecoming fight dating back to 2013.
Rios-Alvarado III was over as soon as the fight started. Rios, fighting to remain relevant as one of the most exciting fighters in the sport, was highly motivated and willing to exchange with Alvarado, 34. Rios applied a lot of pressure, as his right hand simply kept finding its mark. Alvarado was an immobile target, as Rios punished him relentlessly. That prompted both the referee and the ringside doctor to stop the fight, following Alvarado having been knocked onto the canvas.
There are a lot of fights for Rios at 140 pounds. Namely, a fight with Ruslan Provodnikov would be a terrific fight. Both fighters like to move forward and bang, as they’re both hard-hitting punchers. It’s an action fight that will generate a lot of TV interest.
Alvarado may simply want to revamp, taje some time away from the sport just to figure things out because, he is quickly deteriorating into “an opponent.”
Golden Boy resigns ‘The Machine’ (Press Release)
Former world title challenger Lucas “La Máquina” Matthysse (36-3, 34 KOs) decided to renew is relationship with Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions. Since 2004, Matthysse has terrorized the junior welterweight class with his power, aggressiveness, and exciting knockout style. Matthysse has become one of the most popular fighters in the sport, as he has competed frequently on HBO and SHOWTIME. 34 of Matthysse’s 36 victories have occurred by knockout (94%).
has renewed his promotional contract with Golden Boy Promotions, it was announced today. The Argentinean star first got his start in 2004 entering the professional boxing scene with a powerful technical knockout. Since then Matthysse, has had a promising career winning by knock out 34 times out of his 36 wins.
“As Golden Boy works to put together a 2015 full of huge, fan-friendly fights, Lucas Matthysse is, and will now remain, a core part of our team,” said Oscar De La Hoya, Founder and President of Golden Boy Promotions. “Lucas is a strong and powerful fighter, someone the elite of the division have to look out for in the years to come, and we are excited to continue our successful partnership with him.”
Matthysse has fought world champions Zab Judah, Danny Garcia, Devon Alexander, Lamont Peterson, Humberto Soto, DeMarcus Corley, and Vivian Harris. Matthysse has won 8 of his last 9 fights, including two straight in 2014.
“I am excited to continue to work with Oscar and Golden Boy Promotions,” said Lucas Matthysse. “They are my family. They have supported me and built my career from the beginning and I’m loyal to them as they have been to me. I’m looking forward to my future and what 2015 has to offer.”
Matthysse has reportedly agreed to fight Ruslan Provodnikov on March 28th.