The next American star in boxing may emerge Saturday night when two of the best young fighters the country has to offer meet in the ring. Mike Alvarado of Denver will take on Texas-born Brandon Rios, who now lives and trains in California. Alvarado is 33-0 with 23 knockouts, while Rios is 30-0 with 22 knockouts.
The fight, at Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., is being projected by many as a candidate for Fight of the Year. For Alvarado, it is an opportunity to further raise his stock. His exciting style has earned him a dedicated fan base, and a win over Rios should only fuel his ascent to the top.
"I anticipate this fight to be an all out, exchanging boxing match," Alvarado said. "Brandon's tough, and he's going to come at us. I think the more successful guy is going to make adjustments. ... I'm ready to fight however. I can box, I can fight, and we'll see how it turns out."
Alvarado's last two fights have not been easy. He was losing early to Breidis Prescott before scoring ...