Brandon Rios hints at retirement if he is beaten by Mike Alvarado on Saturday
Last Updated: 21/01/15 7:12pm
Brandon Rios admits he may retire if he loses his fight against Mike Alvarado on Saturday night.
Welterweight Rios, 28, will be taking on his fellow American Alvarado for the third time at the 1stBank Center in Bloomfield, Colorado.
Former WBA lightweight world champion Rios defeated Alvarado with a seventh-round stoppage in a toe-to-toe showdown in October 2012, but Alvarado, 34, avenged the first loss of his career with a unanimous points victory in another hard-fought contest - which also had the interim WBO light-welterweight title on the line - in March 2013.
Rios, who was soundly beaten by Manny Pacquiao in November 2013, is now predicting fireworks in their third meeting which he has hinted could be his final bout.
“I am ready for anything Mike Alvarado brings to the table,” said Rios. “I know all his tricks. He can't surprise me this time. For both of us it's do or die. If I lose this fight I may just call it a day as a fighter. I've been at this a long time.
“This will be the best fight of the trilogy, as it should be. No one should be surprised if this fight ends in a knockout. It's happened once already. I'm not looking for the knockout but you can bet I won't be avoiding it if the opportunity presents itself.
“I am so ready for chapter three this Saturday night. This is the ending the fans have been waiting for and I promise you they will not be disappointed.
“I expect Alvarado to do what he did in the second fight, which is to run and move. He thinks I’m going to follow him like I did in the second fight.
“We are working on everything we think he will be bringing to the table, but this time we will be 100 per cent ready for him.”
The tough and durable Alvarado insists he knows what to expect from the unrelenting Rios.
"I will not fight his fight. I am sticking to our plan. But you can bet I will shoot the works when I have him in my sights,” said Alvarado.
“I feel great. I know the kind of fight this will be. He's going to try to cut off the ring and when he does, he'll open himself up and when he does that I will be cracking him.
“Fighting Brandon Rios has and continues to be an honour. This is a trilogy fans will remember for a very long time. We are entertainers and our fight on Saturday will be the grand finale. I intend to start the fireworks early in the fight.”