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Mike Alvarado


Mike Alvarado

Mike Alvarado
Real name Mike Alvarado
Nickname(s) Mile High
Rated at Welterweight
Light Welterweight
Height 5 ft 9 in (175 cm)
Reach 72 in (183 cm)
Nationality American
Born (1980-07-28) July 28, 1980 (age 33)
Denver, Colorado
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 36
Wins 34
Wins by KO 23
Losses 2
Draws 0
No contests 0

Mike Alvarado (born July 28, 1980), is an American boxer in the Light Welterweight and Welterweight divisions. Alvarado is the IBF Latino Light Welterweight Champion. He is signed with Delgado Promotions[1] and Top Rank.[2] Alvarado is ranked #6 in the world in the Light welterweight division.[3]

Early life

Alvarado was born in Denver, Colorado. Mike is the cousin of Featherweight prospect Ricky López and his father was 18-0 boxing prospect Ron Cisneros[4] "The Rocky Mountain Assassin" who separated with his mother when Mike was young.[5]

Amateur career

Alvarado was a two time Colorado Class 4A state high school wrestling champion at Skyview High School. Alvarado decided not to wrestle in college and instead selected a boxing career.[6] In a span of about three years, Alvarado compiled a record of 26-5. Among his defeated opponents were Chad Aquino and eventual 2004 Olympian Andre Dirrell, both of whom he defeated to take the Ringside National Championship in 2001.[7]

Professional career

Alvarado was going to fight Paulie Malignaggi but he suffered an elbow injury and withdrew from the fight set for June 27, 2009.[8]

He served a 5 month prison sentence and made a return to boxing with a 2nd round KO of Lenin Arroyo.[9][10] Alvarado was to fight on Latin fury 15 but was back in jail for parole violations, he had been on probation for traffic and driving offenses and another charge."[11] Mike would then make a successful return to the ring by knocking out the veteran Joshua Burns.[12][13] Up to this point in his career, Alvarado had beaten fighters such as Carlos Molina, Michael Clark, Jesús Rodríguez, Michel Rosales, César Bazán, Emmanuel Clottey, and Juaquin Gallardo.

Alvarado beat Ghana's Raymond Narh (25-1), to win the WBC Continental Americas Light Welterweight Championship, which he would later vacate just before his fight with Gabriel Martinez.[14][15] This bout was on Showtime's televised portion of the Pacquiao vs. Mosley undercard.[16][17] Alvarado's next victory was against Gabriel Martínez, to win IBF Latino Light Welterweight Championship. The bout took place on July 30, 2011 in Denver.[18]

Alvarado vs. Prescott

Alvarado fought Breidis Prescott on November 12, 2011, in Las Vegas, USA, on the undercard of Manny Pacquiao vs. Juan Manuel Marquez III. Prescott started out the fight fast, and was able to out-box Alvarado for the first 5 rounds successfully, building a lead on the scorecards. In the middle and late rounds, Alvarado became the main aggressor, and cut the distance, effectively trading shots with Prescott on the inside, and winning the middle and late rounds. By the 10th round, Prescott seemed out of gas, and Alvarado took advantage launching a large offensive attack in the opening minute of the round. Then, with 1:43 left in the fight, Alvarado knocked Prescott down with left and right uppercuts. Prescott was able to get up, but Alvarado came back with two hard rights sending Prescott to the ropes, and then landed 3 straight right uppercuts. Prescott was leaning forward, hanging onto Alvarado and not returning fire, prompting the referee to stop the fight with 1:07 left in the bout. Alvarado was down 87-84, 87-84, and 86-85 at the time of stoppage, in what was a close fight.

Alvarado vs. Herrera

Alvarado's next fight was against a Top Light Welterweight contender in Mauricio Herrera, at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. Herrera was coming off solid wins over Mike Dallas Jr. and Ruslan Provodnikov prior to his bout with Alvarado. Herrera started off the fight well, successfully beating Alvarado to the punch, and slipping most of Alvarado's attack in the first round. In the 2nd round, Herrera decided to stand and trade with the bigger Alvarado, in a round where Alvarado controlled the pace and landed the harder punches. The pace would continue in the early and middle rounds, with Alvarado taking Herrera to the ropes and landing the harder punches, but with Herrera landing combinations of his own in Alvarado. By the later rounds, Alvarado had seized control, and began to tee off on Herrera, who's eye was completely close by rounds 9 and 10. The fighters ended the fight in the 12th round, trading blows in the middle of the ring. Alvarado was awarded the clear Unanimous Decision win, with scores of 99-91, 97-93, and 96-94. After the fight, Alvarado said he wanted a big fight with Mexican Champion Juan Manuel Marquez, saying he's paid his dues and deserves a big fight at this point.

He was named to "The Gatti List" on The Fight Game with Jim Lampley on HBO in May 2012.[19] The list consists of the Top 10 most entertaining fighters.[20]

Alvarado-Rios Rivalry

Coming in as two undefeated fighters, Alvarado faced Brandon Rios at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California on October 13. Alvarado was ahead on the scorecards until the 6th round where in Rios hurt him with a crushing right. Rios was able to stop him in the 7th as referee Pat Russell stopped the bout at 1:57 of the round.[21] The fight was voted the 2012 Fight of the Year by the Sports Illustrated.[22]

A much anticipated rematch was held on March 30, 2013 at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Nevada. Like the first fight, both came in with a lot of fireworks as they continued to go toe to toe, until Alvarado changed strategy and became a lot more evasive and hard to hit with fancy footwork. Alvarado defeated Rios by via unanimous decision with scores of 115-113, 115-113 and 114-113 to even up the victory score with Rios, each at this point giving each other their first losses. Top Rank promoter Bob Arum dismissed another rematch and suggested to let the two boxers face other fighters first.[23]

Alvarado vs. Provodnikov

Mike Alvarado lost his WBO light welterweight title to Ruslan Provodnikov on October 19, 2013 at the FirstBank Center in Alvarado's hometown of Denver, Colorado. Provodnikov was ahead on all three scorecards and had knocked Alvarado down twice in the eighth round, when Alvarado elected to not come out for the eleventh round. [24]

Professional record

34 Wins (23 knockouts), 2 Losses, 0 Draw
Res. Record Opponent Type Round Date Location Notes
Loss 34–2 Russia Ruslan Provodnikov RTD 10 October 19, 2013 United States 1stBank Center, Broomfield, Colorado Lost WBO Light Welterweight title.
Win 34–1 United States Brandon Ríos UD 12 March 30, 2013 United States Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Won the WBO Interim Light Welterweight title.
Loss 33–1 United States Brandon Ríos TKO 7 (10) October 13, 2012 United States The Home Depot Center, Carson, California, United States
Win 33–0 Mexico Mauricio Herrera UD 10 (10) April 14, 2012 United States Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 32–0 Colombia Breidis Prescott TKO 10 (10) November 12, 2011 United StatesMGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 31–0 Mexico Gabriel Martínez UD 10 (10) July 30, 2011 United StatesSoftball Country Arena, Denver, Colorado Won the IBF Latino Light Welterweight title
Win 30–0 Ghana Raymond Narh TKO 3 May 7, 2011 United StatesMGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada Won the WBC Continental Americas Light Welterweight title.
Win 29–0 United Kingdom Dean Harrison RTD 4 February 19, 2011 United StatesMandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 28–0 United States Joshua Burns TKO 3 November 20, 2010 United StatesWinStar World Casino, Thackersville, Oklahoma
Win 27–0 Costa Rica Lenin Arroyo TKO 2 April 3, 2010 United StatesAmerican Bank Center, Corpus Christi, Texas
Win 26–0 United States Juaquin Gallardo UD 8 (8) May 2, 2009 United StatesMGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 25–0 Ghana Emmanuel Clottey KO 10 March 7, 2009 United StatesMile High Events Center, Commerce City, Colorado
Win 24–0 Mexico Miguel Huerta TKO 4 December 19, 2008 United StatesNational Western Complex Arena, Denver, Colorado
Win 23–0 Mexico Manuel Garnica TKO 4 October 3, 2008 United StatesNational Western Complex Arena, Denver, Colorado
Win 22–0 Mexico César Bazán KO 4 July 26, 2008 United StatesMGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 21–0 Mexico Michel Rosales TKO 7 May 9, 2008 United StatesIsleta Casino & Resort, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Win 20–0 United States Jesús Rodríguez UD 10 (10) February 15, 2008 United StatesCicero Stadium, Cicero, Illinois
Win 19–0 United States Michael Clark TKO 1 December 1, 2007 United StatesTingley Coliseum, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Win 18–0 Mexico Alberto Padilla TKO 8 August 24, 2007 United StatesCongress Theater, Chicago, Illinois
Win 17–0 Costa Rica Francisco Campos KO 2 June 8, 2007 United StatesHudson & Campbell Fitness Cent, Gary, Indiana
Win 16–0 Mexico Carlos Molina MD 8 (8) February 16, 2007 United StatesCicero Stadium, Cicero, Illinois
Win 15–0 Brazil Edvan Dos Santos UD 8 (8) August 18, 2006 United StatesConvention Center, Pasadena, Texas
Win 14–0 United States Maximino Cuevas RTD 5 June 2, 2006 United StatesEnvy Night Club, Tucson, Arizona
Win 13–0 United States Joel De La Torre UD 8 (8) March 31, 2006 United StatesEdgewater Hotel & Casino, Laughlin, Nevada
Win 12–0 Puerto Rico Angel Roman UD 6 (6) October 7, 2005 United StatesThe Aladdin, Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 11–0 Mexico Arthur Brambila UD 6 (6) September 17, 2005 United StatesAmerica West Arena, Phoenix, Arizona
Win 10–0 United States Chad Lawshe TKO 3 August 26, 2005 United StatesColonial Ballroom, Houston, Texas
Win 9–0 Mexico Solomon Tellez TKO 3 May 6, 2005 United StatesFort McDowell Casino, Fountain Hills, Arizona
Win 8–0 United States Hilario Lopez UD 6 (6) March 19, 2005 United StatesMGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 7–0 Pakistan Ayaz Qadir TKO 2 February 18, 2005 United StatesFort McDowell Casino, Fountain Hills, Arizona Qadir was undefeated going in.
Win 6–0 Mexico Fernando Chacon TKO 3 December 17, 2004 United StatesDodge Arena, Hidalgo, Texas
Win 5–0 United States Andrew Keon KO 1 October 16, 2004 United StatesRadisson Graystone Castle, Thornton, Colorado
Win 4–0 United States Candelario Garcia TKO 1 September 18, 2004 United StatesWings over the Rockies, Denver, Colorado
Win 3–0 United States Robert Howard KO 1 July 3, 2004 United StatesDouglas County Events Center, Castle Rock, Colorado
Win 2–0 United States Rudy Cruz TKO 1 April 17, 2004 United StatesPechanga Center, Temecula, California
Win 1–0 United States Istafa Jihad KO 1 February 28, 2004 United StatesRadisson Graystone Castle, Thornton, Colorado Pro debut

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Title last held by
Juan Manuel Márquez
WBO Light Welterweight Champion
Interim title

March 30, 2013 – October 12, 2013
Preceded by
Juan Manuel Márquez
WBO Light Welterweight Champion
October 12, 2013 – October 19, 2013
Succeeded by
Ruslan Provodnikov
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