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.