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Alvarado and Rios own one victory apiece in a rivalry that would stand out in any era. Their previous encounters, in 2012 and 2013, were memorable slugfests that had fans on the edge of their seats from the opening bell. Now, they’ll meet in 12-round welterweight showdown before a partisan Alvarado crowd. Boasting a loyal following, Denver’s Alvarado (34-3, 23 KOs) has battled many top talents in the 140- and 147-pound weight classes, including Juan Manuel Marquez, Ruslan Provodnikov, Mauricio Herrera and Mike Dallas Jr. His crowd-pleasing style is an ideal match for Oxnard, Cal. native Brandon Rios (32-2-1, 22 KOs), who never backs down and has squared off recently with Manny Pacquiao and Diego Chaves. Previewing the bout, is the special “Road to Alvarado-Rios 3,” which replays Saturday, Jan. 24 (11:45 a.m. ET/PT) on HBO and is available on HBO ON DEMAND® and HBO GO® Following the first Rios-Alvarado fight, Yahoo! Sports wrote, “Each round was bitterly contested and the advantage would swing from one guy to the other like a pendulum,” adding that it was “one of the most sensational bouts in a long time. Opening the telecast, Mexico’s Gilberto Ramirez (30-0, 24 KOs) makes his HBO debut in a ten-round light heavyweight matchup with Russia’s Maxim Vlasov (30-1, 15 KOs). Ramirez, who is moving up in weight to take on Vlasov, relies on knockout power and ring savvy; appearing on HBO Latino in November, he stopped Fulgencio Zuniga in the eighth round. Vlasov has won his last 11 fights.
Well that sucked. Brandon Rios vs Mike Alvarado III was all but guaranteed to be a cracking bout, even if it didn't last long. The last part was true, because the fight was over after just three rounds, but it was all Rios, all day. There seem to be more questions about Alvarado in the wake of the bout than anything else, and rightfully so. This week on TQBR Radio, James Foley of Bad Left Hook and The Queensberry Rules' Patrick Connor welcome back Eric Raskin, ESPN and Grantland contributor, and co-host of the Ring Theory podcast. With a predictable early year gap coming in the boxing schedule, it leaves us open to talk Raskin's article about James "Buster" Douglas vs. Mike Tyson in Playboy, recent structural issues in the sport, and more. Thanks for tuning in!
(Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank, HBO Boxing)
Already in 2015, it's been a little easier to stay optimistic about the future of boxing may bring. Since last week's show, there have been announcements about boxing's return to network television via Al Haymon, the US picked up a heavyweight belt-holder for the first time in years in Deontay Wilder, on an entertaining first big TV card of the year, and while the schedule isn't densely packed, there's enough going on to keep us occupied. This week on TQBR Radio, James Foley of Bad Left Hook and Patrick Connor of The Queensberry Rules welcome Brin-Jonathan Butler back to the show to discuss recent happenings in the sport, the upcoming schedule and much more. Specifically previewed will be this weekend's HBO rubbermatch between Brandon Rios and Mike Alvarado. Thanks for tuning in!
(Photos: Esther Lin/Showtime)
Listen to our exclusive one-on-one interview with boxer Mike "Mile High" Alvarado, as he talks about his recent loss to Ruslan Provodnikov, and also discusses his upcoming fight against boxing legend Juan Manuel Marquez set for May 17, 2014, at the Forum in Inglewood, California.
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Wait. Did you feel that? No, it wasn't a tectonic plate shifting, and I'm pretty sure it wasn't Jeff Goldblum watching as a T-Rex caused a glass of water to vibrate. It was modern day heavyweights throwing punches at each other, which tends to set off geological events world wide. But it's okay, because WE HAVE A NEW HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION..........OF THE CARIBBEAN!!! But seriously, congratulations to Bermane Stiverne for winning a belt at heavyweight. That said, James Foley of Bad Left Hook and Queensberry-Rules' Patrick Connor are probably more excited to preview Juan Manuel Marquez vs Mike Alvarado than they are to recap a heavyweight fight in the year 2014. Thanks for tuning in!
After a week off, Rob Shields and Mike Weber return one last time, as this will be Mike's last show.
Topics tonight include the beginning of the Orioles season, the NFL Draft, and previewing the NBA Playoffs.
7:20 Scott Wright, Draft Countdown
7:40 Nick Faleris, Baseball Prospectus
8:00 Mike Pina, Sports on Earth / Grantland
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