HBO Boxing: Rios-Alvarado; Donaire-Nishioka
Boxing Rios/Alvarado and Donaire/Nishioka
HBO Boxing after Dark presented two bouts on Saturday evening October 13, 2012 from the Home Depot Center in Carson, California. The first bout was between two undefeated 140 pounders. Twenty-six year old Brendon Rios (32-0-1, 23 KO’s) battled thirty-two year old Mike Alvarado (33-0-0, 23 KO’s) in a scheduled ten round fight. This fight was a classic mucho macho slugfest, a non-stop brawl with constant hooks, uppercuts and power punches. The boxing fans in the arena cheered as Rios and Alvarado pummeled each other for six rounds. Finally at 1:57 of the seventh round referee Pat Russell stopped the fight when Rios slugged Alvarado with a right hand then continued to land a half dozen left and right combinations to the face and head of Alvarado. This was a brutal fight and referee Russell made a proper stoppage. Both fighters had swollen eyes and faces at the end of the pier six brawl. Brendon Rios, the winner by TKO has a bright future in the ring. Mike Alvarado had the opportunity during the bout to use his excellent left jab and boxing skills against Rios but chose to slug it out mano a mano. Before Rio’s TKO victory in the seventh round, the fight was dead even. This was one of the most exciting fights ever presented on HBO Boxing after Dark.
In the twelve round feature bout, twenty-nine year old champion Philippine born Nonito Donaire (29-1-0, 18 KO’s) fought former champion thirty-six year old Japanese fighter Toshiaki Nishioka (39-4-3, 24 KO’s) for the WBO junior featherweight title at 122 pounds. This bout was advertised as a classic battle between two superior pugilists. For the first five rounds the southpaw Nishioka fought a carefully structured defensive fight. He held his right hand against his right cheek to block the tremendous left hooks thrown by Donaire. The crowd booed the fighters for lack of action after witnessing the previous non-stop punching of Rios and Alvarado. Finally Nishioka opened up his defensive position and started throwing punches in the sixth round. His was knocked down to the canvas by a stunning left uppercut thrown by Donaire. In the ninth round Donaire knocked down Nishioka again with a tremendous straight right hand to Nishioka’s face. The corner of Nishioka threw in the towel to prevent their fighter from further damage. Referee Raul Caiz Sr. stopped the bout at 1:54 in the ninth round.
The HBO announcer team of Bob Papa, Max Kellerman, Roy Jones Jr. and Harold Letterman gave insightful commentary and expertise to the program.