Boxing: Mike Alvarado

Dunkin talks about Rios' future

April, 10, 2013
Cameron Dunkin knows that Brandon Rios, warrior through and through, is keen to get back in the ring this summer, maybe in July, but the manager told NYFightblog he'd like Rios to get a bit more downtime before lacing up again.

Rios lost a UD12 to Mike Alvarado in a vicious rumble on March 30 and wants to show the world that he's still a top-dog junior welter. Not so fast, said Dunkin today at the press conference to hype Saturday's clash between another Dunkin fighter, Nonito Donaire, and Guillermo Rigondeaux. "No, not July, I don't think so," he told me. "Maybe fall, early fall."

Dunkin said he'd like to match Rios against someone without such a particularly assaulting mindset next. "Not every fight has to be like the last two," he said. (Rios beat Alvarado via TKO7 in his previous outing, last October.) "I'd like to get him a regular fight." Though, he noted, Rios' fighting disposition means that he can turn anything into a rumble.

Dunkin said an Alvarado rematch was what was put on the table for Rios, who grew up in Texas and lives in Oxnard, Calif. "It was his biggest payday and we could have sat and waited or taken a fight for half that."

Dunkin said Rios let the crowd get to him, pump him up to much, and made him engage in macho trading. The manager said he and trainer Robert Garcia want Rios to get back and start using some defensive maneuvers again. "He needs to go back to moving his head and blocking punches," he said. "He wanted to show Alvarado that he couldn't hurt him."

Arum looking at Singapore

March, 18, 2013
Brooklyn-born promoter Bob Arum hasn't had time to even contemplate lightening his load in the last few days.

He put together the fight which is the early lock for the 2013 Fight of the Year, Timothy Bradley-Ruslan Provodnikov, which ran on HBO from California on Saturday night.

On Tuesday, Arum will be presiding over a press conference in Austin, Texas to announce that George Foreman, ex heavyweight champ and grill icon, will be entering the business as a promoter.

During a chat about the news that HBO wouldn't be buying fights from Golden Boy, I asked Arum about negotiations to pair up Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez for a fifth time. They clashed in December, with the Mexican Marquez dropping and stopping Pacman in Vegas.

"Marquez didn't show at the Bradley-Provodnikov fight but he's coming on March 30 for the Brandon Rios-Mike Alvarado fight (in Las Vegas). And then Marquez and his wife are going with us to Macau." Top Rank is putting on a card in Macau on April 6, topped by Chinese Olympian Zou Shiming, in his pro debut.

"To solidify a Pacquiao-Marquez fight in Macau would be the plan," the 81-year-old Arum said.

Does he have an idea where that fifth faceoff might unfold? "They've been doing a full court press at the Venetian in Singapore," he answered.