|Height||5 ft 9 in (175 cm)|
|Reach||69 1⁄2 in (177 cm)|
July 28, 1980 |
Denver, Colorado, U.S.
|Wins by KO||24|
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 "The Rocky Mountain Assassin" who separated with his mother when Mike was young.
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. 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.
He served a 5 month prison sentence and made a return to boxing with a 2nd round KO of Lenin Arroyo. 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." Mike would then make a successful return to the ring by knocking out the veteran Joshua Burns. 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. This bout was on Showtime's televised portion of the Pacquiao vs. Mosley undercard. 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.
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.
Alvarado vs. Rios I & II
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. The fight was voted the 2012 Fight of the Year by the Sports Illustrated.
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.
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. 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.
Alvarado vs. Marquez
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
|Professional record summary|
|40 fights||36 wins||4 losses|
|40||Win||36–4||Josh Torres||MD||8||Jun 25, 2016||The Bomb Factory Dallas, Texas, U.S.|
|39||Win||35–4||Saul Corral||KO||3 (8), 1:25||Mar 18, 2016||Arena Place, Houston, Texas, U.S.|
|38||Loss||34–4||Brandon Ríos||RTD||3 (12), 3:00||Jan 24, 2015||1stBank Center, Broomfield, Colorado, U.S.||For vacant WBO International welterweight title|
|37||Loss||34–3||Juan Manuel Márquez||UD||12||May 17, 2014||The Forum, Inglewood, California, U.S.||For vacant WBO International welterweight title|
|36||Loss||34–2||Ruslan Provodnikov||RTD||10 (12), 3:00||Oct 19, 2013||1stBank Center, Broomfield, Colorado, U.S.||Lost WBO light welterweight title|
|35||Win||34–1||Brandon Ríos||UD||12||Mar 30, 2013||Mandalay Bay Events Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.||Won vacant WBO interim light welterweight title|
|34||Loss||33–1||Brandon Ríos||TKO||7 (10), 1:57||Oct 13, 2012||Home Depot Center, Carson, California, U.S.||For vacant WBO Latino light welterweight title|
|33||Win||33–0||Mauricio Herrera||UD||10||Apr 14, 2012||Mandalay Bay Events Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.|
|32||Win||32–0||Breidis Prescott||TKO||10 (10), 1:53||Nov 12, 2011||MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.||Retained IBF Latino light welterweight title|
|31||Win||31–0||Gabriel Martínez||UD||10||Jul 30, 2011||Softball Country Arena, Denver, Colorado, U.S.||Won vacant IBF Latino light welterweight title|
|30||Win||30–0||Ray Narh||RTD||3 (10), 3:00||May 7, 2011||MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.||Won vacant WBC Continental Americas light welterweight title|
|29||Win||29–0||Dean Harrison||RTD||4 (8), 3:00||Feb 19, 2011||Mandalay Bay Events Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.|
|28||Win||28–0||Joshua Burns||TKO||3 (6), 0:43||Nov 20, 2010||WinStar World Casino, Thackerville, Oklahoma, U.S.|
|27||Win||27–0||Lenin Arroyo||TKO||2 (10), 0:42||Apr 3, 2010||American Bank Center, Corpus Christi, Texas, U.S.|
|26||Win||26–0||Juaquin Gallardo||UD||8||May 2, 2009||MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.|
|25||Win||25–0||Emmanuel Clottey||KO||10 (10), 2:58||Mar 7, 2009||Mile High Event Center, Commerce City, Colorado, U.S.|
|24||Win||24–0||Miguel Ángel Huerta||TKO||4 (10), 2:22||Dec 19, 2008||National Western Complex Arena, Denver, Colorado, U.S.|
|23||Win||23–0||Manuel Garnica||TKO||4 (10), 2:17||Oct 3, 2008||National Western Complex Arena, Denver, Colorado, U.S.|
|22||Win||22–0||César Bazán||KO||4 (10), 2:46||Jul 26, 2008||MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.|
|21||Win||21–0||Michel Rosales||TKO||7 (10), 1:28||May 9, 2008||Isleta Casino & Resort, Albuquerque, New Mexico, U.S.|
|20||Win||20–0||Jesús Rodríguez||UD||10||Feb 15, 2008||Cicero Stadium, Cicero, Illinois, U.S.|
|19||Win||19–0||Michael Clark||TKO||1 (10), 1:27||Dec 1, 2007||Tingley Coliseum, Albuquerque, New Mexico, U.S.|
|18||Win||18–0||Jorge Alberto Padilla||TKO||8 (10), 2:40||Aug 24, 2007||Congress Theater, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.|
|17||Win||17–0||Francisco Campos||KO||2 (8), 1:50||Jun 8, 2007||Hudson-Campbell Fitness Center, Gary, Indiana, U.S.|
|16||Win||16–0||Carlos Molina||MD||8||Feb 16, 2007||Cicero Stadium, Cicero, Illinois, U.S.|
|15||Win||15–0||Edvan Dos Santos Barros||UD||8||Aug 18, 2006||Convention Center, Pasadena, Texas, U.S.|
|14||Win||14–0||Maximino Cuevas||RTD||5 (8), 3:00||Jun 2, 2006||Envy Nightclub, Tucson, Arizona, U.S.|
|13||Win||13–0||Joel De La Torre||UD||8||Mar 31, 2006||Edgewater Hotel and Casino, Laughlin, Nevada, U.S.|
|12||Win||12–0||Angel Roman||UD||6||Oct 7, 2005||The Aladdin, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.|
|11||Win||11–0||Arthur Brambila||UD||6||Sep 17, 2005||America West Arena, Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.|
|10||Win||10–0||Chad Lawshe||TKO||3 (6), 1:44||Aug 26, 2005||D & I Colonial Ballroom, Houston, Texas, U.S.|
|9||Win||9–0||Solomon Tellez||TKO||3 (6), 2:10||May 6, 2005||Fort McDowell Casino, Fountain Hills, Arizona, U.S.|
|8||Win||8–0||Hilario Lopez||UD||6||Mar 19, 2005||MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.|
|7||Win||7–0||Felipe Campana||TKO||2 (4), 2:53||Feb 18, 2005||Fort McDowell Casino, Fountain Hills, Arizona, U.S.|
|6||Win||6–0||Fernando Chacon||TKO||3 (6), 1:08||Dec 17, 2004||Dodge Arena, Hidalgo, Texas, U.S.|
|5||Win||5–0||Andrew Keon||KO||1 (4), 0:28||Oct 16, 2004||Radisson Graystone Castle Hotel, Thornton, Colorado, U.S.|
|4||Win||4–0||Candelario Garcia||TKO||1 (4), 1:29||Sep 18, 2004||Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum, Denver, Colorado, U.S.|
|3||Win||3–0||Robert Howard||KO||1 (4), 2:03||Jul 3, 2004||Douglas County Events Center, Castle Rock, Colorado, U.S.|
|2||Win||2–0||Rudy Cruz||TKO||1 (4), 2:18||Apr 17, 2004||Pechanga Resort and Casino, Temecula, California, U.S.|
|1||Win||1–0||Istafa Jihad||KO||1 (4), 1:45||Feb 28, 2004||Radisson Graystone Castle Hotel, Thornton, Colorado, U.S.||Professional debut|
Titles in boxing
Title last held byRodolfo López
|WBC Continental Americas light welterweight champion
May 7, 2011 – July 2011
Title next held byTony Luis
Title last held byHeraclides Barrantes
|IBF Latino light welterweight champion
July 30, 2011 – October 2012
Title next held bySergio Mauricio Gil
Title last held byJuan Manuel Márquez
|WBO light welterweight champion
March 30, 2013 – October 12, 2013
|WBO light welterweight champion
October 12, 2013 – October 19, 2013
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