Top Rank CEO Bob Arum has confirmed reports that a rematch of October’s bloody, Fight-of-The-Year-caliber clash between junior welterweights Brandon Rios and Mike Alvarado is in discussion for March on HBO.
Rios (31-0-1, 23 knockouts) became the first man to stop Alvarado (33-1, 23 KOs), doing so by seventh-round knockout at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.
A 26-year-old Oxnard, Calif., resident, Rios made his 140-pound debut against Alvarado after having narrowly won by controversial split-decision over Richard Abril in April following an 11th-round knockout of John Murray last December.
“It is being discussed for March, but not March 16,” said Arum, referring to a date specified by earlier reports. “But it is being discussed.”
Rios failed to make the 135-pound lightweight limit for both fights against Murray and Abril. Rios lost his WBA crown at the scales against Murray, and could not regain it as a result of his weight issues against Abril.
A deal was struck with the Murray camp in which Rios could weigh no greater than 10 pounds (147) more when he was checked at 9 a.m. on Saturday at his hotel. After Rios weighed 146.4 pounds on the morning of the fight, his bout with Murray was allowed to happen.
Rios was ringside for Marquez’s win over Pacquiao, who entered the bout with an unbeaten mark of 2-0-1 against Marquez.
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