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Rios vs Alvarado II: Can the rematch live up to the first war?

Brandon Rios and Mike Alvarado waged war in October 2012, and they'll do it again on March 30 in Las Vegas, live on HBO. Can the rematch live up to the standard set by their first battle?

Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

Brandon Rios and Mike Alvarado will hit the ring once again on March 30, prepared to go to war for a second time after their jaw-dropping 2012 Fight of the Year candidate from October, and expectations will understandably be high. Just watching the clips in the hype video above is enough to make one excited for the second fight.

That said, many rematches fail to live up to the first fight, even in the great rivalries. Morales-Barrera II and Gatti-Ward II were undeniably the weakest fights in their trilogies, and Corrales-Castillo II was a letdown in basically every way. On the other hand, you very rarely do get something like the Pacquiao-Marquez series, which has had four terrific fights, or Vazquez-Marquez, where each fight was somehow, shockingly better than the last.

Can Brandon Rios and Mike Alvarado meet the expectations their first fight has set, or will they fail to meet the absurd standard they set last year?


Will Brandon Rios and Mike Alvarado's rematch meet the standards set by their first fight?

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