Saturday night's matchup between Brandon Rios and Mike Alvarado should be the kind of all-offense war you would expect from a guy known as "Bam Bam."
In reality, it's what Brandon Rios desperately hopes for: a train wreck disguised as a boxing match. Those who view the Sweet Science as blood and guts and dramatic knockouts will consider it must-see TV.
When "Bam Bam" Rios takes on "Mile High" Alvarado in a 12-round battle of unbeaten junior welterweight sluggers under the stars at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., (HBO, 10 ET), well, you can unload all the cliches.
Toe-to-toe slugfest, bangers, coming forward, dynamite, heavy hands and iron chins. It all fits. Rios and to a lesser extent, Alvarado, are fighters whose idea of defense is "hit 'em first and hit 'em harder," who have no problem taking a punch or two to dish out two or three.
Let's leave it to Rios (30-0-1, 21 KOs) to describe, as only the hard-hitting, hard-headed Kansan can, what he hopes for:
"The fight I see is we both come forward and I strike him and it is a bloody massacre of a fight. It's going to be one of those fights that people are going to be on their feet the whole time. I told (trainer) Robert (Garcia) since I started boxing I have been waiting for that type of fight and I hope this is that fight."
Rios, 26, a former lightweight champion who couldn't make weight in his last two fights and surrendered his 135-pound belt not in the ring but on the scales before moving up to 140, wasn't done.