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Rios Ready To Destroy Abril!

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By Sig Guillermo
Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada- Returning to the ring since his destructive eleventh round stoppage of former Irish/Scottish champion, John Murray (31W-2L-18KO’s) this past December, is former WBA lightweight titlist, Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios (29W-0-22KO’s-1D).     

Despite struggles with weight, Rios’ relentless pressure and gutsy fortitude would be the determining factor in breaking down his foe. Rios, 25, had initially had a deal nearly setup and sealed to face former WBA/IBF Featherweight Champion, Yuriorkis “El Ciclon de Guantanamo” Gamboa (21W-0-16KO’s), until the former two-time Cuban Olympic gold medalist decided to change his mind. A worthy substitute would soon be found in Interim WBA lightweight titlist, Richard Abril (17W-2L-8KO’s-1D).

Abril is arriving off of his biggest win last October against former WBA lightweight champion, Miguel “Aguacerito” Acosta (29W-5L-23KO’s-2D). If Rios succeeds in dramatically brutal fashion, he could setup a lucrative showdown against Mexican ring icon, and reigning WBO/Ring Lightweight Champion, Juan Manuel “Dinamita” Marquez (53W-6L-39KO’s-1D). Abril, 29, is looking to upset the odds and has been on a five fight winning streak since losing a controversial ten round split decision to current NABF lightweight titlist, Henry “Hank” Lundy (22W-1L-11KO’s-1D) back in 2010.

In the highly anticipated co-feature, undefeated IBF Latino Light Welterweight Champion, Mike “Mile High” Alvarado (32W-0-23KO’s) looks to retain his unblemished record against IBF North American light welterweight titlist, Mauricio “El Maestro” Herrera (18W-1L-7KO’s) in a scheduled ten round junior welterweight contest. Alvarado, 31, is making his way back to the ring since his sensational “come from behind” tenth round knockout of former WBO Inter-Continental lightweight champion, Breidis “Khanquerer” Prescott (25W-4L-20KO’s) last November. The heavy-handed slugger from Denver, Colorado has already faced such boxing talents in former WBO/NABO Light Middleweight Champion, Carlos “King” Molina (19W-7L-6KO’s-2D), former WBC Latino Lightweight titlist, Juaquin “Killer” Gallardo (18W-8L-5KO’s-1D), former Ghanaian 2008 Summer Olympian, Raymond “Sugar Ray” Narh (25W-2L-21KO’s), and former WBC Lightweight Champion, Cesar “el Paso” Bazan (48W-11L-31KO’s-1D). Herrera, 31, is returning from a debatable ten round majority decision over former amateur standout, Mike “The Silent Assassin” Dallas Jr. (17W-2L-7KO’s-1D) last June. The cagey Riverside favorite is no stranger to adversity and is looking to maintain his five fight victory run with a superb performance against Alvarado on Saturday night.

Photo Credit: Chris Farina

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