MIKE ALVARADO-BRANDON RIOS & ROBERT GUERRERO!
“THE GHOST” & THE GUN
San Francisco, CA– The incident that got Robert Guerrero in hot water last week at a New York airport needs little explanation. Robert has a concealed weapon permit issued in California. When this debacle occurred, Robert was trying to check the gun in with his luggage. I can say the following from personal knowledge that this is not some “wanna’ be” gang banger, rather a young man who is green when it comes to traveling and guns. Period! Seeing there was “No Intent” here, the charges should be dropped sans any additional time or money on the part of New York or Robert Guerrero.
MIKE ALVARADO LOOKED “STELLAR” TO ME!
Hector Martinez has an incredible boxing acumen. A former Golden gloves champion twice and manager of Roberto Duran, Hector was an incredible counter puncher who could put people to sleep with either hand. Anyway, as we were talking afterwards about Mike Alvarado and Brandon Rios and what the future holds for both men. Either he was trying to be argumentative or just doesn’t like Alvarado, Martinez went on a rant that essentially said there is no future for the junior welterweight from Denver.
WERE WE WATCHING THE SAME FIGHT?
Maybe he was watching another channel, because what I saw was a fighter who was thinking the entire time. The work rate put forth inside by Alvarado, who lost only to Rios last year when he was stopped while ahead on points, was incredible, the kind of stuff you don’t see too often. The key to the fight for Alvarado was distance! When Brandon would wade in, Mike would step back or to the side ever so slightly. When he pressed forward the same method applied. This enabled the winner to throw beautiful short combinations as Brandon was looking to land his not-so ominous (at 140) left hook.
HARD SHOTS FROM 3-12 FROM ALVARADO
Those right hands that Mike landed with great frequency on Rios were not arm punches, nor were they George Foreman like shots. Still they may have rendered somebody else horizontal. It was a good chin and some heart that kept Rios upright in the fight. For Alvarado, regardless of what Mr. Martinez says, no disrespect intended, I think is even fight or better with anybody in the junior welterweight division. In regards to the uncouth Brandon Rios, he is weighing in two weight divisions higher than his body mass. Look at him from the side, Rios wasn’t cut, no bones sticking out of his face, Brandon could be a force at 130. But not at 140! As the photo illustrates, his waist is nearly as wide as his shoulders.
NO THIRD FIGHT……….PLEASE!!!
Look, Mike Alvarado need not be enticed by a good offer and fight Rios a third time. Although I think he can beat the client of trainer and once IBF 130 lb. guy Robert Garcia, who ain’t looking jr. lightweight-ish these days, there is the winner of either the Danny Garcia-Zab Judah World 140 lb. title affair, or the WBA-IBF encounter between Lamont Peterson and Amir Khan.