Rios stops Alvarado; Ramirez decisions Vlasov
The final fight of the Brandon Rios-Mike Alvarado trilogy at 1stBank Center in Bloomfield, Colorado on Saturday evening was an exciting slugfest; unfortunately, it was also very one-sided. A very well-prepared Brandon Rios, 33-2-1 (24), simply steamrolled an overwhelmed Mike Alvarado, 34-4 (23), who was never really in the fight. Rios looked fast and motivated as he landed hard body shots followed by uppercuts that stopped Alvarado in his tracks. After getting dropped in round three, Alvarado stayed on his stool between rounds claiming he couldn’t see. In the post-fight interview, Alvarado admitted he “wasn’t prepared and this is what you get.” Alvarado says he will be back but he may not fight in Colorado as he has quit on his stool between rounds in his last two fights there. The crowd also chanted, “Rios” throughout the fight and booed Alvarado in his post-fight interview with HBO’s Jim Lampley.
As for Rios, he put himself in a very good spot for a big fight later this year with one of the best showings he has had in a while.
Gilberto Ramirez UD 10 Maxim Vlasov
The Colorado altitude appeared to get to Maxim Vlasov, 30-2 (15), as he struggled with maintaining his energy as his bout with Gilberto Ramirez, 31-0 (24), progressed but it was a workman-like professional win for Ramirez who looked consistent and solid throughout the fight especially when it came to great body work. There are a lot of great options for this super middleweight star who is on the cusp of some big things. In their post-fight wrap-up, Lampley said he would be “looking forward to the next time we see Ramirez in the ring again.”