The manager of Denver-based junior welterweight “Mile High” Mike Alvarado has informed RingTV.com that Alvarado’s scheduled, HBO-televised fight with former WBA lightweight titleholder Brandon Rios “is a done deal” for Oct. 13 as Rios makes his 140-pound debut at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.
“It’s a done deal. We signed today,” said Alvarado’s co-manager, Henry Delgado. “We’re just looking forward to one of those throwback fights. Two warriors who won’t take a step back. I’m already calling it a candidate for Fight of The Year.”
Alvarado (33-0, 23 knockouts) and Rios (30-0-1, 22 KOs) will be the lead-in to a broadcast whose main event is to feature WBO junior featherweight titleholder Nonito Donaire (29-1, 18 KOs) against Japan’s Toshiaki Nishioka (39-4-3, 24 KOs).
Nishioka stretched his winning streak to 16 straight fights with his last triumph by unanimous decision over two-division titleholder Rafael Marquez in October.
Rios is coming off a controversial split-decision over Richard Abril in April that followed his 11th-round knockout of John Murray in December. On the Rios-Abril undercard, Alvarado earned a hard-fought, 10-round unanimous decision over Mauricio Herrera (18-2, 7 KOs).
Prior to facing Herrera, Alvarado scored a come-from-behind, 10th-round stoppage of Breidis Prescott on the November undercard of main event during which then-WBO welterweight titleholder Manny Pacquiao won a majority decision over Juan Manuel Marquez.
“This is going to be a great fight. It’s going to be two guys giving their all,” said Delgado. “I say this because I know how Brandon Rios fights, and I know how Mike fights.”
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