Rene Alvarado knows he let Roger Gutierrez get away in their last bout. Alvarado (32-9-0, 21 KOs), despite getting knocked down three times, came within one round of beating Gutierrez (25-3-1, 20 KOs) in January.
The rematch had plenty of action that saw Alvardo mount a comeback despite falling behind early. But it wasn’t enough as Gutierrez took his WBA Super Featherweight title. However, Alvarado will still enter this third bout as the betting favorite this Saturday.
The Nicaraguan already knocked Gutierrez out in their first bout back in 2017. He got a tad bit too aggressive early and paid the price. But he’s on track to reclaim his belt in what should be another fire fight.
- Date: Saturday, 8 p.m. ET
- Venue: Ford Center at The Star, Frisco, TX
- Watch on: DAZN
Gutierrez vs Alvarado 3: What’s at Stake?
Weight Class: Super featherweight (130 lbs)
Gutierrez and Alvarado will do it again and again in Texas as the co-main event to Vergil Ortiz Jr. vs Egidijus Kavaliauskas. The two will please the bloodthirsty audience as they should once again throw caution to the wind.
At stake will be the title and a decisive victory in a rivalry that has seen both boxers win one bout apiece.
For Alvarado, he wants to validate to himself and to everyone that he is the better boxer while Gutierrez looks for a more definitive win after squeaking through the second one.
First Bout: Alvarado Blasts Through Gutierrez
Alvarado first met Gutierrez back in 2017 and won via a seventh-round KO. This was Gutierrez’s first taste of defeat. He broke his hand and was unable to fully challenge Alvarado, who schooled him.
Gutierrez entered the fight unbeaten but Alvarado was a considerable step up in competition. Most of his opponents, local fighters from his home country of Venezuela, had losing records.
Still, Gutierrez was expected to put up a better fight against the Nicaraguan. But, with a broken hand, Alvarado took over and beat the stuffing out of him.
The Rematch: Gutierrez Sits Alvarado Down
Following his loss against Alvarado, Gutierrez won nine of his next 11 bouts. He entered the rematch as a significant underdog still and as high as 7-1 in some boxing odds.
However, it was his turn to stun the crowd as he quickly knocked Alvarado down not once but twice in the early rounds. But despite hurting his rival, Gutierrez was on the defensive for most of the fight.
Alvarado pressed the attack, prompting Gutierrez to defend and clinch for a good portion. But Gutierrez caught a second wind and would put Alvarado on his butt for a third time.
As it turned out, that would be the punch that would clinch his victory as he won a very narrow 114-113 unanimous decision.
The Trilogy: Who Has Edge?
Alvarado should have the edge in this one. He is the savvier, tougher and more experienced boxer. However, he can’t risk becoming as reckless as he was in the second bout.
For Gutierrez, he will have to weather Alvarado’s storm better. He was too content being on the backpedal as Alvarado put it on him. Getting knocked out may have him “shook” as far as “going for it” whereas Alvarado survived two knockdowns and came back stronger.
In a weekend stacked with bouts like Russell-Rodriguez, look for Alvarado and Gutierrez to put on another show.