Rios and Alvarado to fight it out for the interim WBO title

The second instalment of Brandon Rios v Mike Alvarado on March 30 in Las Vegas will have the interim version to Juan Manuel Marquez’s WBO light-welterweight title at stake, WBN has learned.

Top Rank Vice President Carl Moretti confirmed the news today, meaning there will be an added spice to the rematch on the back of the entertaining seven-round Fight of the Year contender the pair fought out last year.

The news insinuates that the winner would in line to be full champion if Marquez signs on to fight Manny Pacquiao for a fifth time in September, as the Mexican would be in no position to defend his belt at 140.

Robert Garcia-trained Rios, 26, will now be aiming to become a two-weight world title holder at the Mandalay Bay and goes into the fight a strong favourite after coming out on top in the first meeting.

For 32 year-old Alvarado, the return is an opportunity to rectify his only career loss in 34 contests as the Colorado fighter looks to end the perfect 32-fight run currently held by Rios over an eight-year career.