Felix and Rene Alvarado return to the Lone Star State to once again share a stage.
The twin brothers from Nicaragua appear in separate bouts in support of welterweight contender Vergil Ortiz Jr. (17-0, 17KOs) who faces former title challenger Egidijus Kavaliausjas. Felix Alvarado will defend his IBF junior flyweight title versus Mexico’s Erick Lopez (16-5-1, 10KOs), while Rene Alvarado seeks revenge in his rubber match versus Venezuela’s Roger Gutierrez (25-3-1, 20KOs) for the WBA “World” junior lightweight title.
All three bouts take place August 14, live on DAZN from Ford Center at The Star in Frisco, Texas.
Gutierrez claimed the secondary junior lightweight title with a thrilling twelve-round decision victory over Rene Alvarado this past January 2 at American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas, mere minutes from the site of their upcoming third battle. The fight was tightly contested throughout, with Gutierrez scoring three knockdowns including one in the twelfth and final round to preserve the win and avenge a prior knockout loss from July 2017.
Neither has since fought, heading straight into their trilogy bout which once again serves as a chief support on a DAZN show.
“The final chapter of the longstanding rivalry between Roger Gutierrez and Rene Alvarado will end on Aug. 14,” said Oscar De La Hoya, chairman and CEO of Golden Boy Promotions. “The results of their first two fights were sharply different from each other, though both battles produced an equal amount of excitement.
This third fight will put an end to their rivalry with even more action and place the winner on the path to unify titles in the division.”
Gutierrez enters the fight riding a six-fight win streak, none bigger than his aforementioned title win. No worse than a close second, however, for the 26-year-old from Maracaibo, Venezuela was his upset first-round knockout of unbeaten top-rated contender Eduardo ‘Rocky’ Hernandez in July 2019.
"I am very excited for this trilogy fight that I am going to have with Rene Alvarado," said Gutierrez. “I know that the fight will not be easy and my opponent is tough. He beat me in the first fight, and then I took the title from him in the second bout.. It will be an exciting battle, and I know the fans will enjoy it very much.”
Alvarado (32-9, 21KOs) aims to become a two-time titlist. The 32-year-old from Managua, Nicaragua won the belt in a seventh-round knockout of Andrew Cancio in November 2019, with his career placed on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic. His first attempted defense came on the same January 2 show that saw his twin brother Felix defend his title versus former champion Deejay Kreel. Rene came up just short in his effort, and now returns for revenge.
"I am happy to have the opportunity to rectify the loss I suffered against Roger Gutierrez," said Rene Alvarado. “I made mistakes in that second fight, but I promise to correct them all on August 14 so I can deliver to Nicaragua a great victory. As always, I will train 100% and leave everything in the ring.”
Felix Alvarado (36-2, 31KOs) will attempt the third defense of his title, coming off of among the best wins of his career with his tenth-round stoppage of Kreel earlier this year. Alvarado has held a junior flyweight belt since October 2018 and now gets to rejoin his brother on a high-profile card.
Guadalajara’s Lopez fights in the United States for the first time, riding a two-fight win streak. His lone other appearance on the stage came in a hard-fought twelve-round majority decision defeat to Daniel Mattelon in their WBA interim junior flyweight title fight last February in Panama City, Panama.
Opening the four-fight telecast, veteran contender Pablo Cesar Cano (33-7-1, 23KOs) looks to upset rising Pierto Rican junior welterweight prospect Danielito Zorrilla (15-0, 11KOs). The Mexico versus Puerto Rico battle is scheduled for ten rounds.
Jake Donovan is a senior writer for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox