Vadim Kornilov, 29, is manager to a growing number of current and future players from Eastern Europe, including Ruslan Provodnikov, Egor Mekhontsev and Viktor Postol.
IBF welterweight title holder Kell Brook is in no mood to hang around as he targets a showdown with American contender Brandon Rios before the end of the summer. “There’s talk about Rios and that’s a fight that really excites me,” the Sheffield, England native told Sky Sports News HQ. “We all know Rios comes to fight. He loves to be entertaining for the fans and that’s what I want to do.”
Brandon Rios re-established himself as a title contender with his vicious beating of Mike Alvarado on Saturday. Alvarado could be finished.
Fans share their thoughts on Brandon Rios’ destruction of Mike Alvarado, what might have gone wrong for Alvarado, what might be next for Rios, plus fights and happenings to look forward to in 2015 and beyond (barring a zombie apocalypse) in this week’s Monday mailbag. Enjoy!
Brandon Rios recaptured his peak form and fierceness with his brutal three-round stoppage of Mike Alvarado in their welterweight rubber match. Rios is now a player at 147 pounds, while Alvarado’s future is in doubt. However, fans should thank Alvarado for the many ring wars he’s provided, fights that may have shortened his career.
RingTV.com has a live, round-by-round update of tonight’s HBO-televised battle of welterweights between Brandon Rios and Mike Alvarado at the 1stBank Center in Broomfield, Colorado.
Buddies, adversaries, whatever … Mike Alvarado and Brandon Rios weighed in for their third fight, which will take place on Saturday just outside Denver.
Welterweights Brandon Rios (32-2-1, 23 knockouts) and Mike Alvarado (34-3, 23 KOs) weighed 146.75 and 146.5 in advance of Saturday’s rubber match at the 1stBank Center in Broomfield, Colorado. The sluggers split their two prior bouts as junior welterweights.
Despite a recent arrest for felony weapons possession, Mike Alvarado says he’s completely focused on facing Brandon Rios in their third fight this Saturday.
Brandon Rios says he and Mike Alvarado are cool outside the ring, but this Saturday night won’t be a time for friendship: “We’re cool until we get into that ring,” said Rios. “That’s when we hate each other and we want to kill each other.”
Former lightweight titleholder Brandon Rios spoke to RingTV’s Dominic Verdin about his rubber match with Mike Alvarado on HBO on Saturday, lessons learned from his recent setbacks, his frustrations with boxing politics, retirement and potential future rivals.
Robert Garcia spoke to RingTV’s Dominic Verdin about training Brandon Rios for his fighter’s anticipated rubber match against Mike Alvarado on Saturday in Colorado. Garcia says if Rios, who he’s trained since the amateurs, does not win it could be his last fight.
If all goes well, we could see a junior welterweight showdown between Ruslan Provodnikov and Lucas Matthysse in the spring, according to promoter Artie Pelullo.
In an interview recently conducted via HBO, Brandon Rios offered his opinion on facing former junior welterweight rival Mike Alvarado for a third time.