A trilogy (from Greek τρι- tri-, “three” and -λογία -logia) is a set of three works of art that are connected, and that can be seen either as a single work or as three individual works. With the ring as their canvas, Brandon ‘Bam Bam’ Rios and Mike ‘Mile High’ Alvarado looked to produce the final installment of a three piece pugilistic art piece. With two brutal displays of grit and resilience etched in the history books, Rios and Alvarado answered the opening bell to claim this defining victory of a thrilling rivalry.
As the bell rung for the 20th round of this thrilling rivalry, Rios and Alvarado staked their claim on center ring as they exchanged jabs. Following a cautious first minute with Alvarado switching from orthodox to southpaw stance, Rios opened up with numerous crunching body shots. In close quarters Rios nailed Alvarado with brutal uppercuts, doubling up the left hook. On the back end of the round, a solid right hand from Rios dipped the legs of Alvarado momentarily. Alvarado’s career mileage clock clearly has gone bust.
Rios opened the second round doubling up the jab. Sensing Alvarado’s vulnerability, Rios stalked Alvarado. Rios pounded the body of Alvarado relentlessly, digging in heavy hooks behind the elbows of Alvarado. Following a short pause in action after a shot from Alvarado strayed low, Rios went back to the task at hand and snapped the head of Alvarado back with a number of ferocious uppercuts. Both men closed out the round trading blows with Rios coming out on top. Rios spent the round breathing down the neck of Alvarado, beginning to suffocate his opponent.
The third round began as the second ended, with Rios banging away at the body of Alvarado and hammering up top with punishing hooks and uppercuts. Under a barrage of shots Alvarado finally cracked as his legs gave way. Rising at the count of nine on unstable legs, an audacious Alvarado would need to dig deep into his reservoir of resilience to see out the round as Rios continued to drain the fight from Alvarado. The bell sounded as both men trade in the center of the ring.
This was to be Alvarado’s last offering as referee Jay Nady stopped the fight following the third round under the advice of the ring doctor. Alvarado did not protest the decision, complaining of vision problems.
In the build up to the grand finale of their enthralling trilogy, both fighters had promised a fight worthy of being placed alongside their previous bouts. On his part, Rios held up on his end of the bargain in a one sided mauling of Alvarado from start to finish. One has to wonder how this Brandon Rios would of done in some of his recent bouts, as this was a aggressive and relentless version of ‘Bam Bam’ that was not at all seen in his fight against Manny Pacquiao, and rarely seen against Diego Chaves.
While Rios looked rejuvenated and has now placed himself in a position of opportunity, Alvarado appeared as shot fighter from the opening bell. Three comprehensive losses in a row could spell the end of the road for Alvarado. Despite Alvarado’s shortcomings tonight, ‘Bam Bam’s’ punishing and decisive victory has opened the door on the upper echelon of the 140lb division for the immediate future.