Boxing - Rios-Alvarado re-match set for March

Top Rank vice president Carl Moretti has announced that a rematch of the great 2012 fight between Brandon Rios and Mike Alvarado has been signed and is set for March 30 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.

Boxing - Rios-Alvarado re-match set for March

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Brandon Rios of the U.S. celebrates after defeating compatriot Mike Alvarado by way of TKO during the seventh round of their WBO Latino Super Lightweight Title boxing match in Carson, California (Reuters)

Rios stopped Alvarado at 1:57 of the seventh round on October 13 in Carson, Califrornia, in a staggeringly brutal fight.

"When the bell rings, basically this picks up in Round 7," Moretti said. "That's how these guys are."

Top Rank had groomed Rios as a potential opponent for Manny Pacquiao for a year and after Rios stopped Alvarado, it seemed certain that Pacquiao-Rios would occur in April.

Juan Manuel Marquez, though, had something to say about that and altered plans when he knocked Pacquiao in December.

"Once Manny lost, and after the kind of fight that was, it made Pacquiao-Marquez 5 a viable fight and a fight that we really needed to make," Moretti aded. "And so that left Rios and Alvarado kind of outside there."

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