Top Rank CEO Bob Arum has confirmed reports that a deal has been reached for a return bout between former lightweight titleholder Brandon Rios and junior welterweight standout Mike Alvarado. The HBO-televised rematch is set for March 30 at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas.
Rios (30-0-1, 23 knockouts) scored a seventh-round knockout over the previously unbeaten Alvarado (33-1, 23 KOs) in a bloody Fight-of-The-Year-caliber clash in October.
Rios made his 140-pound debut against Alvarado after scoring a controversial split decision over Richard Abril in April.
“We’re looking forward to another big, action-filled fight at the Mandalay Bay,” said Arum. “And we’re going to be able to, hopefully, by the end of the week, confirm two additional fights that we’re doing.”
Marquez could yet vacate the title, meaning Rios-Alvarado would be for the full belt, in favor of a fifth bout with Pacquiao.
A possible co-feature to Rios-Alvardo, according to BoxingScene.com, would match Nigerian-born Wale “Lucky Boy” Omotoso (23-0, 19 KOs), of Australia, against Jessie Vargas (21-0, 9 KOs), of Las Vegas.
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