It was important to let the dust settle after the high-intensity fight between "Mile High" Mike Alvarado (34-1, 23 KOs) and Brandon "Bam Bam" Rios (31-1-1, 23 KOs) this past Saturday, March 30 on HBO.
Often times, viewers get wrapped up in the moment and anoint boxing fights “instant classics” too quickly.
After watching Alvarado versus Rios II twice more since its live broadcast, I'm happy to report—in my eyes at least—that this fight was indeed an incredible showcase of blood and guts that lived up to the lofty expectations set by the first battle.
Not only did Alvarado-Rios II build on the drama of the first bout, but the entire boxing card gave us some new storylines to consider and discuss.
Among the hot topics on the night were Mike Alvarado's game plan, Nonito Donaire's comparison of Terence Crawford to Pernell Whitaker, and Brandon Rios' long-term health.
Let's take a look at five of the biggest takeaways from the Alvarado-Rios II telecast.