Brandon Rios and Mike Alvarado set for trilogy showdown Jan. 24 [An exclusive look back]

Brandon Rios and Mike Alvarado will meet for a third time on Jan. 24 (Photo: Naoki Fukuda)

Rios and Alvarado

By Chris Robinson

Brandon Rios and Mike Alvarado are getting ready to settle their score.

The two former junior welterweight champions, who have split a pair of thrilling fights, will meet for a third time on Jan. 24 at the¬†1STBANK Center in Broomfield, Col., right outside of Alvarado’s hometown of Denver. HBO will televise the rubbermatch, just as they did the first two matches.

Rios (32-2-1, 23 KO’s) stopped Alvarado in under seven rounds in October of 2012 in an absolute firefight of a match in Southern California that left the boxing world buzzing.

Las Vegas played host to the rematch just five months later, as Alvarado turned the tables with a tight decision in another harrowing encounter. To date that is Alvarado’s biggest victory as a professional.

Each man has been on a rollercoaster ride since their rematch and loss for either Rios or Alvarado would be looked at as a big  setback .

Their will be an official new conference in the Denver area on Tuesday, Dec. 9 ahead of the trilogy duel. One thing that is for sure, is that fireworks can be expected when these two lock horns.

*** has been on hand for the first two Rios-Alvarado encounters. Check out some exclusive flashback clips below

Check out Brandon Rios in camp ahead of the first Alvarado scrap

Fun and games in camp with Rios and the RGBA crew in Oxnard before Alvarado I

Brandon Rios gets deep on his connection with trainer Robert Garcia ahead of the first Alvarado duel

Rios and Alvarado weigh in and face off at the weigh-in for their first fight in Carson, Calif.

Legend Marco Antonio Barrera live at Rios vs. Alvarado I

Reliving the Official Rios-Alvarado II Weigh-In from the Mandalay Bay in Vegas

Tim Bradley’s post-fight thoughts on Alvarado’s rematch victory

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