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‘Do or Die” for Rios and Alvarado

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As the two men prepare to complete their trilogy, Brandon Rios and Mike Alvarado held an open workout for the media in Denver.

While he’s only 28 years old, Rios (32-2-1, 23 KO) has already been through plenty of grueling wars in his career. Having lost two of his last three fights, he says a third defeat may make him take a hard look at his future in the sport.

“For both of us it’s do or die. If I lose this fight I may just call it a day as a fighter,” Rios said. “I’ve been at this a long time.”

With two fights against Alvarado under his belt, Rios says nothing his opponent does on Saturday night will be new to him.

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“I am ready for anything Mike Alvarado brings to the table. I know all his tricks. He can’t surprise me this time,” Rios said.

After stopping Alvarado in their first meeting, Rios went into the second fight expecting to score a knockout. He even went as far as telling his trainer Robert Garcia that he would knock him out in two rounds. Rios will not be making that mistake again.

“No one should be surprised if this fight ends in a knockout. It’s happened once already. I’m not looking for the knockout but you can bet I won’t be avoiding it if the opportunity presents itself,” Rios said.

Despite having been arrested a little over a week ago for possession of a handgun, Alvarado (34-3, 23 KO) says he is concentrated on one thing: Picking up another win over Brandon Rios.

“I have not allowed anything to distract me from my training,” Alvarado said. “I am focused and ready.”

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Just like their second showdown, Alvarado plans to once again prevent Rios from baiting him into a war. Still, the Denver native will not shy away from trading shots with his rival.

“I will not fight his fight. I am sticking to our plan,” Alvarado said. “But you can bet I will shoot the works when I have him in my sights.”

After back-to-back tough losses to Ruslan Provodnikov and Juan Manuel Marquez, Alvarado is desperate for a win. With this being fight number three between these two warriors, Alvarado will be looking to settle the score and end the trilogy with a bang.

“Fighting Brandon Rios has and continues to be an honor,” Alvarado said. “This is a trilogy fans will remember for a very long time. We are entertainers and our fight on January 24 will be the grand finale. I intend to start the fireworks early in the fight.”

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