Alvarado wins rematch over Rios by decision

The action was much the same, but this time the result was
different. Mike Alvarado boxed and punched his way to a narrow but
unanimous 12-round decision Saturday night over Brandon Rios in the
rematch of their slugfest from five months ago.

Alvarado won by two points on two scorecards and one on the
other to avenge his seventh-round loss to Rios in October.

It wasn’t as dramatic as the first fight, when Rios stopped
Alvarado after being rocked himself a round earlier. But the fight
was still thrilling at times, fought at a high level between two
game warriors.

It was the first loss for Rios, while Alvarado avenged his only
defeat in the 140-pound bout.