A boxing rivalry and in particular a trilogy of fights between fighters has special significance in the sport.
A great bond forges between the fighters who share the ring with each other on numerous occasions, and the fans have a special respect and fondness for the both men.
It is not so much about who wins or loses it is more about having the courage to compete and overcome adversity.
On a personal level, I fell in love with boxing when I discovered the Manny Pacquiao and Erik Morales trilogy on YouTube four years ago. The passion shown by both those proud warriors inspired my writing about the sport.
Whether you are fan of the sweet science or you prefer the blood lust of street brawlers, all boxing fans appreciate the epic trilogies from fighters throughout the fabled history of the sport.
Personally, a boxing rivalry between two warriors willing to put it all on the line rouses my passion for pugilism more than anything else. This is why I am genuinely excited by the prospect of a third installment of Brandon Rios vs Mike Alvarado.
Rumours surfaced this week that Rios and Alvarado are set to renew their epic rivalry in December, on the fight date vacated by Canelo Alvarez, who elected not to face Joshua Clottey. If this is true, then Canelo’s loss will be the boxing fans gain, as a deciding third contest between Rios and Alvarado has ‘Fight of the Year’ written all over it.
There was an element of beauty in the brutality of the first two bouts and the stakes could not be higher in a third fight. Both men badly need a big fight and a big win to breathe life back into their careers. Whoever wins the rubber match between Brandon Rios and Mike Alvarado could potentially get another world title shot, whereas the loser will fall into the boxing abyss.
All out brawl
The consequences attached to the fight will make for a fascinating contest, and will ensure that it is a hellacious battle from the brutal start to the bloody finish. Their styles are a prescription for war. The compendium of attributes they share means there really is no other way but for it to be a give and take battle, rich in drama and soaked in blood.
The beauty of the trilogy in boxing is that it doesn’t have to necessarily have to involve the best fighters. Instead, it just has to be a match up with two evenly balanced boxers whose respective styles are conducive to an entertaining, crowd pleasing and competitive contest.
So whilst the very best fighters such as Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao will be revered for their title belts and the big names they beat, boxers such as Brandon Rios and Mike Alvarado will be remembered for their bravery in the battles they shared with each other. The amount of blood-shed is their barometer of success. Both fighters’ careers will be defined by their shared history, and boxing will have another treasured trilogy if a third installment of Brandon Rios vs Mike Alvarado comes to fruition.