Doug Fischer

Rios, Alvarado make weight for rematch

 

LAS VEGAS — Brandon Rios and Mike Alvarado made weight for their anticipated rematch on Saturday at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino. Both sluggers weighed in at the junior welterweight limit of 140 pounds at the Mandalay Bay’s Event Center on Friday. The fight will be televised live on HBO.

Rios (31-0-1, 22 knockouts) had to strip down naked to make the weight but he seemed to do so without looking drained or dried out. The unbeaten former lightweight titleholder showed respect to Alvarado, who he stopped in seven rounds last October. However, the Oxnard, Calif.-based brawler spoke his mind to some of Alvarado’s fans who jeered him at the weigh-in, at one point giving an entire section “the finger.”

“I love it when you guys talk s___!” Rios yelled. “Talk more!”

Alvarado (33-1, 23 KOs), who appears to be the bigger of the two if one goes by bone structure, made weight without having to strip down. When asked if he planned to box more than brawl during tomorrow’s rematch, the 32-year-old native of Denver, Col., said:

“I’m ready to box, I’m ready to brawl, I’m ready to do whatever it takes to win.”

Lightweight prospect Terence Crawford (19-0, 15 KOs), of Omaha, Neb., weighed in at 139.5 pounds for his HBO-televised co-featured bout against veteran gatekeeper Breidis Prescott (26-4, 20 KOs), of Barranquilla, Colombia, who tipped the scales at 140. 

Heavily touted 2012 U.S. Olympian Jose Ramirez (1-0, 1 KO), of Avenal, Calif., weighed in at 139.5 pounds for his scheduled four-round bout against Charlie Dubray (1-0, 1 KO), of Hastings, Neb., who weighed one pound lighter than the former amateur standout. 

Click here to view a photo gallery of the Rios-Alvarado weigh-in by Naoki Fukuda.

 

 

Photos / Chris Farina-TOP RANK

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