By Lou Eisen
Photo Chis Farina/Top Rank
To call the third and final match of the Mike Alvarado-Brandon Rios trilogy a fight would be rather disingenuous in the extreme. Alvarado would have had to make even a feeble attempt to fight back for this bout to have been considered a fight. Rios easily annihilated Alvarado in three short but very one-sided brutal rounds, using his thunderous right uppercut to end Alvarado’s reign as an elite fighter. However, it must be noted that as sharp and accurate as Rios was, he was engaging a boxer who adamantly refused to defend himself or fight back. To a casual boxing observer, it may have looked like one fighter caught his opponent early with some good shots and that his opponent was simply unable to recover. To a veteran ring observer, there was something else at play.