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Brandon Rios and Mike Alvarado engaged in brutal combat during their first fight.
Every once in a while, two fighters come along that each have a style so ready-made for each other that all fans can do is giddily talk among each other until the fight comes into fruition.
Brandon Rios vs. Mike Alvarado was clearly one of those fights. Both are sluggers with hard chins and a never-back-down attitude. Both men were also undefeated and willing to die in the ring before giving up.
The first match didn't disappoint. Blood and heavy shots were traded for an intense seven rounds. Rios was able to outlast Alvarado and throw a steady stream of hooks and overhand rights to stop Alvarado.
Despite the loss, fans would still love to see them come together again. The stoppage in Round 7 could be argued as an early stoppage to an intense fight that could've changed at any moment.
Both fighters' promoter, Top Rank, is planning on having the match again in March. When the rematch happens, a referee such as Steve Smoger who lets fights go on longer would be advised.
Smoger would allow the rematch to continue until it reaches a more fitting conclusion with either one of the fighters going out on their shield instead of momentarily out on their feet.