Jim Lampley of HBO Sports says that Saturday's fight between Brandon Rios and Mike Alvarado has a chance to be another Gatti-Ward or Corrales-Castillo.
"I am unequivocally going to tell you that Nonito Donaire vs Toshiaki Nishioka for the 122-pound championship on October 13's Boxing After Dark is a must-see.
"But not to worry, I know. Because as followers of 'The Fight Game,' you all know you're going to be sitting motionless on your sofas, stunned into fight fan ecstasy by the noble violence of the first fight on that card between fellow Gatti Listers, Brandon Rios and Mike Alvarado.
"You expect that Rios, moving up to 140 pounds, will finally have reached a point on the scale that allows him to bang away with reckless abandon, grinning in delight to be in the meat grinder. And you have seen by now, maybe somewhere on YouTube, that Alvarado will walk through a fine mist of blood and bursting bombs to win a fight.
"Neither has ever backed up, or turned left or right. It's foolish to guarantee a Fight of the Year. But hardened ring reporters are excited about being in Carson, California, that night. You don't ever expect to see Gatti-Ward I or Corrales-Castillo I again. But if you see something like it October 13, it shouldn't come as any shock."
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