With such prominent fighters, the comparisons were inevitable

October 13, 2012 No Comments
Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire (30-1-0, 19 KOs) now has a record of 9-0 (6 KOs) against former or current world titlists. After defeating Noshiaki Toshiaki on Saturday evening, he has now gone 11 years, seven months and three days since that one, lone defeat.

On Saturday night, the Brandon Rios (30-0-1, 22 KOs) versus Mike Alvarado (33-0-0, 23 KOs) bout lived up to the hype. The two brawlers put on an all-action show for The Home Depot Center crowd and TV viewers watching on HBO.

Next up, on the same boxing card, it was Nonito Donaire (30-1, 19 KOs), giving a dominant performance and stopping Toshioka Nishioka (39-5-3) at 1:54 of the ninth round while defending his 122-pound title and getting his 29th straight victory.

At various times, onlookers booed this bout because the boxers had the gaul or was it the savvy to become more methodical, more intelligent in their approach. Both boxers showed more patience.

Nishioka threw just eight punches in round one, while Donaire waited for openings to develop. Donaire continued to force the action but with little success. Then in the sixth round, he cracked the code and landed a solid left uppercut. He followed it up with a straight right hand and another uppercut to put Nishioka down on the canvas.

Come the ninth round, Donaire put him down again with an overhand right. It appeared it was just a matter of time before referee Raul Caiz Sr. would end the bout. The closure came after Donaire landed another hard left uppercut. Realizing their fighter couldn’t compete with Donaire’s quickness, his combination of power and tactical skills, Nishioka’s corner showed their love for Nishioka and threw in the towel.

Toshioka Nishioka of Japan jumps for joy as he is introduced before his fight with Nonito Donaire of The Philippines during their WBO Super Bantamweight Title fight at The Home Depot Center in Carson, CA. Photo: Harry How/Getty Images
Nonito Donaire (L) is shown punching Toshioka Nishioka (R) during their WBO Super Bantamweight Showdown. Photo: Harry How/Getty Images
Nonito Donaire (L) is shown landing a solid left uppercut to the head of Toshioka Nishioka (R) which would lead to a knockdown in Round #6. Photo: Harry How/Getty Images

Attached is the video of the complete fight


The preceding bout featuring the brawlers it was two guys trading hundreds of big shots and ignoring any semblance of defense. The left side of Alvarado’s face began to swell, and the area around Rios’ eyes got puffy.

In both Round five and six, it was Alvarado, the Denver-based fighter, landing the majority of power shots.

In the seventh round, Rios, the closer to home Oxnard, CA favorite, abruptly landed this devastating overhand right to back Alvarado up against the ropes making it appear that he was almost defenseless. After taking several additional shots, referee Pat Russell called a halt to the match.

Assessing their performance: Rios demonstrated that he had more power behind his punches. He landed 33% of his 440 power punches, while Alvarado connected on 31%. Alvarado threw 238 more punches than Rios, 147 punches in the fifth round alone, but the winner connected on the larger majority of his punches.

Mike Alvarado is shown entering the ring for his fight against Brandon Rios, Saturday evening at The Home Depot Center in Carson, CA. Photo: Harry How/Getty Images
Brandon Rios is shown making his entrance on Saturday night at The Home Depot Center Carson, CA. Photo: Harry How/Getty Images
Mike Alvarado hits Brandon Rios with a right uppercut during their WBO Latino Super Lightweight Title fight. Photo: Harry How/Getty Images
Mike Alvarado lands a straight right to Brandon Rios’ head during their Super Lightweight Title fight on October 13, 2012 in Carson, CA. Photo: Harry How/Getty Images
Brandon Rios and Mike Alvarado are shown exchanging blows at The Home Depot Center  October 13, 2012 in Carson, CA. Photo: Harry How/Getty Images
Brandon Rios throws a right cross at Mike Alvarado on his way to a seventh round TKO victory. Photo: Harry How/Getty Images

It was the beginning of the end at this point. Brandon Rios (R) is shown punching Mike Alvarado (L), on his way to a seventh round TKO victory during their WBO Latino Super Lightweight Title fight. Photo: Harry How/Getty Images

So there you have it. Two different matches with basically the same result. You had the Asian pitcher’s duel and then you had the Latino slugger’s duel. In their own way, they were both very entertaining fights.

On the undercard:

Welterweight Jose Benavidez (16-0-0, 13 KOs) of Phoenix, Arizona defeated Pavel Miranda (17-7-1, 8 KOs) born and raised in Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico, by unanimous decision in an eight rounder.

Featherweight Evgeny Gradovich (13-0-0, 7 KOs) of Arapahoe, North Carolina by way of Igrim, Russia won an eight round unanimous decision over the veteran Jose Angel Beranza (35-24-2, 27 KOs) of Mexico City, Mexico.

The lightweight bout between Jose Roman (14-0-0, 11 KOs) of Garden Grove, California and Javier Garcia (8-2-1, 7 KOs) of Oxnard, California ended in a draw, head butt injury near the end of Round #3 of a scheduled eight rounder.

Super bantamweight Vic Pasillas (2-0-0, 1 KO) of East Los Angeles, CA won a four round unanimous decision over Jazzma Hogue (2-2-1) of New Mexico.

Light heavyweight Trevor McCumby (6-0-0, 6 KOs) of Glendale, Arizona ko’d Eliseo Durazo (5-3-0, 2 KOs) of Agua Prieta, Sonora, Mexico at 1:40 of Round #1 of a scheduled four rounder.

The Ring Card girls received a very high rating as well. Photo: Harry How/Getty Images

The bout between Super featherweight Saul Rodriguez (6-0-0, 5 KOs) of Los Angeles, CA and Cesar Garcia (2-5-1, 1 KO) of Bell Gardens, CA ended in a technical draw in the second round.

Super middleweight Ronald Ellis (3-0-0, 3 KOs) of Miami, Florida won a four round unanimous decision over Katrell Straus (2-2-0, 1 KO) of Glendale, Colorado.

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