By Peter Lim
Brandon Rios vs. Mike Alvarado III
Jan. 24, 1st Bank Center, Broomfield, Colorado
Pick: Mike Alvarado
There are numerous intangibles in this fight – cuts, fouls, altitude, training disruptions (reported and unreported), machismo, etc. – but the winner essentially boils down to the fighter whose goods are less damaged at this juncture of their careers; and that is … Alvarado.
Both have been in their share of wars over the years in which they have dished out and absorbed a horrendous amount of brutality, but Rios, because of his stronger chin, has subjected himself to more sustained punishment that leads to longer lasting damage. The frailer Alvarado, on the other hand, has folded under the intense artillery that Rios was able to withstand, sparing him from the more prolonged beatings that Rios has endured. So ironically, Alvarado, on account of his weaker chin, will enter the ring the fresher, less shopworn of the two, albeit not by much.