IBR on The Cruelest Sport


If Mike Alvarado needed to be reminded of the sacrifices made to turn a dollar in a bloodsport, Brandon Rios reminded him last night. Rios mauled Alvarado for three rounds, the ringside physician kept Alvarado on his stool for the fourth, and the nearly 6,000 patrons in the 1stBank Center in Broomfield, Colorado, were freed early to pursue more satisfying entertainment elsewhere.

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IBR on The Cruelest Sport


Their first fight produced mayhem so spirited it turned the main event that followed it into a walk-out bout. That was in 2012, a time when Brandon Rios and Mike Alvarado had less ruinous options. Rios and Alvarado complete their trilogy this Saturday at the 1st Bank Center in Bloomfield, Colorado, in a fight that should complete their history, so unlikely is the possibility of a fourth act watchable in any way except through a mask of interlocked fingers.

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IBR on The Cruelest Sport


If anyone had answers to give heading into the fight it was Wilder, who had run up a record with an almost vulgar ratio of fights to knockouts. Pole-axing a handful of names you would recognize, and a census of those you would not, Wilder, 33-0 (32), was expected to either bomb Stiverne out or be spectacularly exposed—and the absence of a middle ground in those outcomes speaks to just how split perception of Wilder was.

Read Work in Progress: Deontay Wilder W12 Bermane Stiverne on The Cruelest Sport.


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