Rios bests Alvarado in epic slugfest

Matchup of brawlers lives up to hype as Rios wins fight of the year candidate

Updated: October 14, 2012, 7:13 PM ET
By Dan Rafael | ESPN.com

CARSON, Calif. -- From the moment the junior welterweight fight between Mike Alvarado and former lightweight titlist Brandon Rios was made, nearly everybody with a clue about boxing thought it would be a great one.

How could it not be? They love to slug, both have good chins and both have a fierce determination to win.

And guess what? It was a tremendous action fight, clearly one of the best of the year, as though it was made to order.

It was a pulsating action fight from ...

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