Mike Alvarado

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Mike Alvarado
Nickname(s) Mile High
Rated at
Height 5 ft 9 in (175 cm)
Reach 69 12 in (177 cm)
Nationality American
Born (1980-07-28) July 28, 1980 (age 36)
Denver, Colorado, U.S.
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 41
Wins 37
Wins by KO 25
Losses 4

Mike Alvarado (born July 28, 1980) is an American professional boxer who held the WBO junior welterweight title in 2013.

Early life[edit]

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[1] "The Rocky Mountain Assassin" who separated with his mother when Mike was young.[2]

Amateur career[edit]

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.[3] 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.[4]

Professional career[edit]

Alvarado was going to fight Paulie Malignaggi but he suffered an elbow injury and withdrew from the fight set for June 27, 2009.[5]

He served a 5 month prison sentence and made a return to boxing with a 2nd round KO of Lenin Arroyo.[6][7] 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."[8] Mike would then make a successful return to the ring by knocking out the veteran Joshua Burns.[9][10] Up to this point in his career, Alvarado had beaten fighters such as Carlos Molina, Michael Clark, 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.[11][12] This bout was on Showtime's televised portion of the Pacquiao vs. Mosley undercard.[13][14] 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.[15]

Alvarado vs. Prescott[edit]

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[edit]

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.[16] The list consists of the Top 10 most entertaining fighters.[17]

Alvarado vs. Rios I & II[edit]

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.[18] The fight was voted the 2012 Fight of the Year by the Sports Illustrated.[19]

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 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.[20]

Alvarado vs. Provodnikov[edit]

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.[21] Before the fight, Alvarado was elevated by the WBO to full title holder (as opposed to interim title holder), this the fight against Provodnikov was his first defense of the full title.[22]

Alvarado vs. Marquez[edit]

On May 17, 2014, at The Forum, in Inglewood, California, Alvarado was back in action in a welterweight bout against four-division champion and #6 ranked Ring Magazine pound for pound fighter: Juan Manuel "Dinamita" Marquez. The bout was contested for the WBO International Welterweight Championship. He lost the fight by unanimous decision.

Professional boxing record[edit]

Professional record summary
41 fights 37 wins 4 losses
By knockout 25 3
By decision 12 1
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
41 Win 37–4 United States Mathew Strode TKO 2 (10), 2:40 May 26, 2017 United States UIC Pavilion, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
40 Win 36–4 United States Josh Torres MD 8 Jun 25, 2016 United States The Bomb Factory Dallas, Texas, U.S.
39 Win 35–4 United States Saul Corral KO 3 (8), 1:25 Mar 18, 2016 United States Arena Place, Houston, Texas, U.S.
38 Loss 34–4 United States Brandon Ríos RTD 3 (12), 3:00 Jan 24, 2015 United States 1stBank Center, Broomfield, Colorado, U.S. For vacant WBO International welterweight title
37 Loss 34–3 Mexico Juan Manuel Márquez UD 12 May 17, 2014 United States The Forum, Inglewood, California, U.S. For vacant WBO International welterweight title
36 Loss 34–2 Russia Ruslan Provodnikov RTD 10 (12), 3:00 Oct 19, 2013 United States 1stBank Center, Broomfield, Colorado, U.S. Lost WBO light welterweight title
35 Win 34–1 United States Brandon Ríos UD 12 Mar 30, 2013 United States Mandalay Bay Events Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Won vacant WBO interim light welterweight title
34 Loss 33–1 United States Brandon Ríos TKO 7 (10), 1:57 Oct 13, 2012 United States Home Depot Center, Carson, California, U.S. For vacant WBO Latino light welterweight title
33 Win 33–0 United States Mauricio Herrera UD 10 Apr 14, 2012 United States Mandalay Bay Events Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
32 Win 32–0 Colombia Breidis Prescott TKO 10 (10), 1:53 Nov 12, 2011 United States MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Retained IBF Latino light welterweight title
31 Win 31–0 Mexico Gabriel Martínez UD 10 Jul 30, 2011 United States Softball Country Arena, Denver, Colorado, U.S. Won vacant IBF Latino light welterweight title
30 Win 30–0 Ghana Ray Narh RTD 3 (10), 3:00 May 7, 2011 United States MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Won vacant WBC Continental Americas light welterweight title
29 Win 29–0 United Kingdom Dean Harrison RTD 4 (8), 3:00 Feb 19, 2011 United States Mandalay Bay Events Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
28 Win 28–0 United States Joshua Burns TKO 3 (6), 0:43 Nov 20, 2010 United States WinStar World Casino, Thackerville, Oklahoma, U.S.
27 Win 27–0 Costa Rica Lenin Arroyo TKO 2 (10), 0:42 Apr 3, 2010 United States American Bank Center, Corpus Christi, Texas, U.S.
26 Win 26–0 United States Juaquin Gallardo UD 8 May 2, 2009 United States MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
25 Win 25–0 Ghana Emmanuel Clottey KO 10 (10), 2:58 Mar 7, 2009 United States Mile High Event Center, Commerce City, Colorado, U.S.
24 Win 24–0 Mexico Miguel Ángel Huerta TKO 4 (10), 2:22 Dec 19, 2008 United States National Western Complex Arena, Denver, Colorado, U.S.
23 Win 23–0 Mexico Manuel Garnica TKO 4 (10), 2:17 Oct 3, 2008 United States National Western Complex Arena, Denver, Colorado, U.S.
22 Win 22–0 Mexico César Bazán KO 4 (10), 2:46 Jul 26, 2008 United States MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
21 Win 21–0 Mexico Michel Rosales TKO 7 (10), 1:28 May 9, 2008 United States Isleta Casino & Resort, Albuquerque, New Mexico, U.S.
20 Win 20–0 United States Jesús Rodríguez UD 10 Feb 15, 2008 United States Cicero Stadium, Cicero, Illinois, U.S.
19 Win 19–0 United States Michael Clark TKO 1 (10), 1:27 Dec 1, 2007 United States Tingley Coliseum, Albuquerque, New Mexico, U.S.
18 Win 18–0 Mexico Jorge Alberto Padilla TKO 8 (10), 2:40 Aug 24, 2007 United States Congress Theater, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
17 Win 17–0 Costa Rica Francisco Campos KO 2 (8), 1:50 Jun 8, 2007 United States Hudson-Campbell Fitness Center, Gary, Indiana, U.S.
16 Win 16–0 Mexico Carlos Molina MD 8 Feb 16, 2007 United States Cicero Stadium, Cicero, Illinois, U.S.
15 Win 15–0 Brazil Edvan Dos Santos Barros UD 8 Aug 18, 2006 United States Convention Center, Pasadena, Texas, U.S.
14 Win 14–0 United States Maximino Cuevas RTD 5 (8), 3:00 Jun 2, 2006 United States Envy Nightclub, Tucson, Arizona, U.S.
13 Win 13–0 United States Joel De La Torre UD 8 Mar 31, 2006 United States Edgewater Hotel and Casino, Laughlin, Nevada, U.S.
12 Win 12–0 Puerto Rico Angel Roman UD 6 Oct 7, 2005 United States The Aladdin, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
11 Win 11–0 Mexico Arthur Brambila UD 6 Sep 17, 2005 United States America West Arena, Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.
10 Win 10–0 United States Chad Lawshe TKO 3 (6), 1:44 Aug 26, 2005 United States D & I Colonial Ballroom, Houston, Texas, U.S.
9 Win 9–0 Mexico Solomon Tellez TKO 3 (6), 2:10 May 6, 2005 United States Fort McDowell Casino, Fountain Hills, Arizona, U.S.
8 Win 8–0 United States Hilario Lopez UD 6 Mar 19, 2005 United States MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
7 Win 7–0 Mexico Felipe Campana TKO 2 (4), 2:53 Feb 18, 2005 United States Fort McDowell Casino, Fountain Hills, Arizona, U.S.
6 Win 6–0 Mexico Fernando Chacon TKO 3 (6), 1:08 Dec 17, 2004 United States Dodge Arena, Hidalgo, Texas, U.S.
5 Win 5–0 United States Andrew Keon KO 1 (4), 0:28 Oct 16, 2004 United States Radisson Graystone Castle Hotel, Thornton, Colorado, U.S.
4 Win 4–0 United States Candelario Garcia TKO 1 (4), 1:29 Sep 18, 2004 United States Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum, Denver, Colorado, U.S.
3 Win 3–0 United States Robert Howard KO 1 (4), 2:03 Jul 3, 2004 United States Douglas County Events Center, Castle Rock, Colorado, U.S.
2 Win 2–0 United States Rudy Cruz TKO 1 (4), 2:18 Apr 17, 2004 United States Pechanga Resort & Casino, Temecula, California, U.S.
1 Win 1–0 United States Istafa Jihad KO 1 (4), 1:45 Feb 28, 2004 United States Radisson Graystone Castle Hotel, Thornton, Colorado, U.S. Professional debut

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ Groke, Nick (October 3, 2008). "Denver's Alvarado the real deal". Denver Post. 
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  8. ^ Greisman, David (2010-06-21). "Alvarado back in trouble and not Boxing". Boxing Scene. Retrieved 2010-06-26. 
  9. ^ Groke, Nick (February 11, 2011). "Mike Alvarado begins two-fight schedule; to face Harrison and Vernon Paris". Denver Post. 
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  13. ^ "Denver boxer Mike Alvarado to fight on Pacquiao-Mosley undercard in Las Vegas". Denver Post. April 18, 2011. 
  14. ^ "Deportes". Deportes.univision.com. Retrieved 2016-03-28. 
  15. ^ "Max Boxing - News - Alvarado Goes from Maywood to Mile High". Max Boxing. 
  16. ^ Michael Woods (May 14, 2012). ""Fight Game" Recap: Lampley Talks With Arum, Schaefer On Lively Debut". The Sweet Science. Retrieved October 19, 2012. 
  17. ^ Bernard Fernandez (May 9, 2012). "Lampley: From sideline kid to ringside veteran". RingTV.com. Retrieved October 19, 2012. 
  18. ^ "Rios TKO 7 Alvarado". Boxing News 24. 
  19. ^ "Fight of the Year - Brandon Rios defeats Mike Alvarado - 2012 Boxing Awards". SI.com. December 26, 2012. Retrieved January 3, 2013. 
  20. ^ "Men o’ War: Alvarado Decisions Rios". Boxing.com. Retrieved 2016-03-28. 
  21. ^ Groke, Nick (October 19, 2013). "Mike Alvarado falls by TKO in title fight against Ruslan Provodnikov". Denver Post. 
  22. ^ "Alvarado to be elevated to full titlist". ESPN.com. 

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Sporting positions
Regional boxing titles
Title last held by
Rodolfo López
WBC Continental Americas light welterweight champion
May 7, 2011 – July 2011
Title next held by
Tony Luis
Title last held by
Heraclides Barrantes
IBF Latino light welterweight champion
July 30, 2011 – October 2012
Title next held by
Sergio Mauricio Gil
World boxing titles
Title last held by
Juan Manuel Márquez
WBO light welterweight champion
Interim title

March 30, 2013 – October 12, 2013
WBO light welterweight champion
October 12, 2013 – October 19, 2013
Succeeded by
Ruslan Provodnikov