Don King, on Mike Tyson

"Why would anyone expect him to come out smarter?
He went to prison, not to Princeton."

"To me, boxing is like a ballet, except there's no music
and the dancers hit each other."

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Boxing results: Rios-Alvarado Fight of the Year; Donaire gets TKO | Washington Times Communities

This article is interesting because it is written by this Lady Boxing Reporter.  She describes the kind of brawl that produces a ringing in the ears for a week after the final bell rings to end the fight.  
The kind of repeated shock to the brain these guys were taken are like what is being described as "near" concussions in the lawsuit against the NFL in the news right now.  And these guys take them and fight back.  
Long-term, who knows the affect this punishment might have on these young men when their boxing careers are over and it is time to enter 'civilian' life. 
Having said all that, it is impossible to not want to watch the replay of the match on You Tube because I'm a fan of boxing after all ...........

The 7,665 people at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California got to see what will likely be the 2012 Fight of the Year - and it wasn't the main event. Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank
SAN DIEGO October 13, 2012 – Rarely does a fight live up to its hype and beyond.

The undercard fight on HBO’s “Boxing After Dark” between light welterweights Mike Alvarado and Brandon Rios was crazy good from start to finish. For those of us old enough to remember, it was an action-packed toe-to-toe brawl between two guys who at times looked like two Rock’Em Sock’Em Robots on steroids.  

It’s the leading contender at this point for Fight of the Year in 2012. 

It was Rios’s first fight at 140 pounds, and Alvarado appeared to be the bigger boxer.

From the opening bell, the pair went toe-to-toe, trading furious shots.

There is no doubt both of these guys can stand up to some wicked punishment. 

Many of the blows they took were knockout quality punches, round after round of them. 
In the first three rounds, the fighters each threw over 100 punches each.

 It was nearly impossible to score the fight. Thank goodness it didn’t end up going to the scorecard.

Brandon Rios and Mike Alvarado will be hard to beat as the 2012 Fight of the Year. Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank.

In the seventh round after damaging Alvarado with right hooks, Rios landed a perfectly placed roundhouse style right hook to the side of Alvarado’s head. He staggered against the ropes, but did not go down. Rios moved in for the kill. Referee Pat Russell let Rios get in a few more shots before determining that Alvarado was no longer able to defend himself, and stopped the fight at 1:57 of Round 7.

Russell  said after the fight in an interview with HBO’s Max Kellerman, “I thought he was defenseless, and I didn’t want him to get hurt.” Russell explained that he’ll let a man go underwater, but he won’t let him drown. This is precisely the job we ask the referee to perform. Better to see Alvarado make the rematch in top condition on another day.

Rios landed 161 out of 541 punches and Alvarado landed 175 out of 779 punches. Remember, that’s just a little over six rounds.

   Mike Alvarado earned a great deal of respect with this loss, and has nothing to hang his head over. 


Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, APR, is President/Owner of the Falcon Valley Group in San Diego, California. She is also a serious boxing fan covering the Sweet Science for Communities. Read more Ringside Seat in the Communities at The Washington Times. Follow Gayle on Facebook and on Twitter @PRProSanDiego.

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Boxing results: Rios-Alvarado Fight of the Year; Donaire gets TKO | Washington Times Communities


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