Mike Alvarado and Brandon Rios

Mike Alvarado and Brandon Rios

*After being away from my desk for a few weeks, it sure feels good to be back … especially since I was able to attend an exciting night of boxing at the Home Depot Center (in LA) promoted by Bob Arum and Top Rank Inc.

There were two championship bouts showcased last Saturday night, and I’d like to first talk about the semi main event bout that featured Brandon Rios going against Mike Alvarado. This one turned out to be a dandy and a possible fight of the year candidate as these two guys went toe to toe from round one. And as the fight progressed, referee Pat Russell didn’t have to not once break the fighters up.

They were going to battle for the WBO Latino Jr. Welterweight title and the sold out crowd really got their money’s worth.

There were times in the bout that Rios seemed like he wasn’t going to weather the storm that Alvarado was dishing out to him. He was getting hit with some solid right hands and looked stymied at times as he was getting hit with Alvarado’s straight jabs, but he kept hanging in there and showed everyone how much heart he had. Because going into the seventh, he was able to land his own arsenal and hit Alvarado with a solid right and got him up against the ropes and executed a relentless assault that was so devastating that Pat Russell finally stepped in and called a halt to the bout at seven minutes and some change.

Rios definitely showed the world why he is worthy to fight anyone in the Jr. Welterweight division that includes Timothy Bradley, Zab Judah, Lamont Peterson, and the winner of the Danny Garcia vs Eric Morales bout scheduled to take place this weekend in New York.

That fight is a main event bout  being brought to you by Golden Boy Promotions, and will also feature Devon Alexander going against Randall Bailey for the IBF welterweight title currently held by Bailey.

There will also be two other championship fights on the show in New York that will showcase Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin vs Hassan N’Dam for the WBO middleweight title, and Paulie Malignaggi puts his WBA welterweight title on the line as he goes against Pablo Cesar “El Demoledor” Cano.

We haven’t seen Devon Alexander in a while, so this should be an interesting match up. Bailey knocked out Mike Jones in his last fight and he is definitely going to be a formidable opponent for Alexander. All of this will be telecast live on Showtime Championship Boxing.

As I always say, we’ll see what happens.

Muhammed Mubarak is a boxing writer and his column can also be seen in the Pace News, the Inland Valley News, and the High Desert Inland Valley News. He can be contacted at [email protected] for your comments.