Rosendo Álvarez

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This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Álvarez and the second or maternal family name is Hernández.
Rosendo Alvarez
Statistics
Real name Rosendo José Álvarez Hernández
Nickname(s) El Bufalo
Rated at Minimumweight, Flyweight
Nationality Nicaraguan
Born (1970-05-06) May 6, 1970 (age 46)
Managua, Nicaragua
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 43
Wins 37
Wins by KO 24
Losses 4
Draws 2

Rosendo José Álvarez Hernández (born May 6, 1970 in Managua, Nicaragua) is a flyweight boxer, and is well known for giving Mexican legend Ricardo Lopez two tough fights. He is the only person to hold the undefeated strawweight champion to a draw.

Professional career[edit]

Alvarez made his professional debut on May 23, 1988. He accumulated a record of 19-0, which included a tko victory over future champion Jose Bonilla, before challenging for a world title.

WBA minimumweight title[edit]

On December 2, 1995, he traveled to Thailand and won the World Boxing Association strawweight title by close split decision over undefeated Thai champion Chana Porpaoin, who was 9-0 in title fights. He defended his title by knockout over former and future champs Songkram Porpaoin (twin brother of Chana) and Kermin Guardia. He also decisioned veteran Eric Chavez and stopped undefeated prospect Takashi Shiohama in defense of his crown.

Fights with Lopez[edit]

In 1998, he fought to a draw with undefeated reigning WBC champ and pound-for-pound ranked Ricardo Lopez, dropping Lopez for the first and only time in his career. The fight was stopped in the 8th round when Lopez suffered a cut from a clash of heads, resulting in a technical draw on the scorecards. A rematch was set for later in the year, however, the fight was in jeopardy of taking place as Alvarez failed to make weight by 3 1/4 pounds. He was stripped of the title and the two met at an over the 105-pound strawweight limit, with the WBA title being on the line for Lopez only. Alvarez lost the rematch by a 12 round split decision, suffering his first loss as a professional.

WBA light flyweight title[edit]

Alvarez then moved up to the 108 lb division and won his following three fights, including a decision victory over future champion Tomas Rojas. On August 12, 2000, he lost by seventh round disqualification for repeated low blows to Beibis Mendoza for the vacant WBA light flyweight title. He later avenged this loss by twelve round split decision to claim the title. In his following fight, he faced Pichit Siriwat, who had previously defended the same WBA title five times before being stripped of it in 2000 for failing to defend it against Alvarez. He defeated Siriwat by 12th round TKO. In 2003, he defeated Mendoza for a second time by decision and gained recognition as Ring light flyweight champion. Later that year, he fought to a twelve round draw against then-IBF champ Jose Victor Burgos in a unification bout. In 2004, he was stripped of his WBA and Ring light flyweight titles prior to a fourth meeting with Mendoza, due to his failure to make weight. He went on to win the fight by split decision.

WBC flyweight title loss and doping controversy[edit]

On May 8, 2006, he challenged Jorge Arce for the interim WBC flyweight title, but was defeated by 6th round tko. After the fight, Alvarez was suspended by the Nevada Athletic Commission for the rest of 2006 and fined $2,000 because he failed a post-fight urinalysis. Alvarez tested positive for the banned diuretic Furosemide, also known as Lasix.

Retirement[edit]

Alvarez is an influential promoter and manager in his native Nicaragua and it is assumed that the Arce fight was his last effort as a comabatant.

Comeback[edit]

In 2012, Alvarez returned to the ring at age 42, but lost by 5th round disqualification.

Professional boxing record[edit]

37 Wins (24 Knockouts, 13 Decisions), 4 Defeats (1 Knockout, 2 Decisions, 1 Disqualification), 2 Draws
Res. Record Opponent Type Round Date Location Notes
Loss 37-4-2 Jean Sampson DQ 5 (8) 2012-05-26 Polideportivo Espana, Managua, Nicaragua
Loss 37-3-2 Jorge Arce KO 6 (12) 2006-04-08 Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States For interim WBC flyweight title
Win 37-2-2 Eduardo Pacheco TKO 6 (10) 2006-02-04 Centro de Convenciones Figali, Panama City, Panama
Win 36-2-2 Jorge Romero TKO 6 (10) 2005-12-10 Gran Casino Rodeo, Tipitapa, Nicaragua
Win 35-2-2 Julio Grimaldo UD 10 2005-10-29 Casino Las Vegas, Managua, Nicaragua
Win 34-2-2 Regulo Gamez KO 7 (10) 2005-02-26 Universidad de Managua, Managua, Nicaragua
Win 33-2-2 Beibis Mendoza SD 12 2004-10-02 Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, United States Alvarez was stripped of his WBA title after an unsuccessful weigh-in
Draw 32-2-2 Jose Victor Burgos SD 12 2003-12-13 Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States Retained WBA light flyweight & ring magazine World junior flyweight titles.
For IBF light flyweight title
Win 32-2-1 Beibis Mendoza MD 12 2003-03-31 Statehouse Convention Center, Little Rock, Arkansas, United States Retained WBA World light flyweight title. Won ring magazine World junior flyweight title
Win 31-2-1 Pichit Chor Siriwat TKO 12 (12) 2002-01-19 Jai Alai Fronton, Miami, Florida, United States Retained WBA World light flyweight title
Win 30-2-1 David Torres KO 3 (10) 2001-12-14 Polideportivo Espana, Managua, Nicaragua
Win 29-2-1 Beibis Mendoza SD 12 2001-03-03 Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Won WBA World light flyweight title
Win 28-2-1 Cipriano Landa TKO 2 (10) 2000-12-08 Hotel Intercontinental, Managua, Nicaragua
Loss 27-2-1 Beibis Mendoza DQ 7 (12) 2000-08-12 Paris Las Vegas, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States For Vacant WBA World light flyweight title
Win 27-1-1 Tomas Rojas UD 10 2000-03-11 Gimnasio Polideportivo Espana, Managua, Nicaragua
Win 26-1-1 Arturo Velazquez TKO 2 (8) 1999-12-18 Grand Casino, Tunica, Mississippi, United States
Win 25-1-1 Paulino Villalobos UD 10 1999-02-27 Gimnasio La Salle, Managua, Nicaragua
Loss 24-1-1 Ricardo Lopez SD 12 1998-11-13 Hilton Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Lost WBA World minimumweight title
Draw 24-0-1 Ricardo Lopez TD 8 (12) 1998-03-07 Plaza de Toros, Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico Retained WBA World minimumweight title
For WBC World minimumweight title
Win 24-0 Songkram Porpaoin TKO 11 (12) 1997-01-11 Provincial Gymnasium, Sa Kaeo, Thailand Retained WBA World minimumweight title
Win 23-0 Takashi Shiohama KO 8 (12) 1996-10-01 City Sogo Gym, Kitakyushu, Fukuoka, Japan Retained WBA World minimumweight title
Win 22-0 Eric Chavez MD 12 1996-06-15 City Gymnasium, Sendai, Miyagi, Japan Retained WBA World minimumweight title
Win 21-0 Kermin Guardia KO 3 (12) 1996-03-30 Estadio Nacional, Managua, Nicaragua Retained WBA World minimumweight title
Win 20-0 Chana Porpaoin SD 12 1995-12-02 Provincial Gymnasium, Sa Kaeo, Thailand Won WBA World minimumweight title
Win 19-0 Vidal Cerna TKO 6 (10) 1995-09-02 Gimnasio Alexis Arguello, Managua, Nicaragua
Win 18-0 Alfredo Virgen UD 10 1995-07-15 Gimnasio La Salle, Managua, Nicaragua
Win 17-0 Abel Andres KO 1 (10) 1995-04-01 Gimnasio Alexis Arguello, Managua, Nicaragua
Win 16-0 Juan Gonzalez TKO 2 (10) 1995-02-18 Gimnasio Alexis Arguello, Managua, Nicaragua
Win 15-0 Alfredo Toro KO 1 (10) 1994-12-17 Hotel Intercontinental, Managua, Nicaragua
Win 14-0 Andres Tavarez TKO 2 (12) 1994-11-26 Gimnasio Alexis Arguello, Managua, Nicaragua Retained WBA Fedelatin Minimumweight Title
Win 13-0 Jose Bonilla TKO 11 (12) 1994-09-23 Maracay, Venezuela Won WBA Fedelatin Minimumweight Title
Win 12-0 Jaime Diaz TKO 1 (10) 1994-09-10 Gimnasio Alexis Arguello, Managua, Nicaragua
Win 11-0 Juan Antonio Torres TKO 6 (10) 1994-07-16 Gimnasio Alexis Arguello, Managua, Nicaragua
Win 10-0 Oscar Vargas UD 8 1994-04-30 Gimnasio Central, San Salvador, El Salvador
Win 9-0 Carlos Puente KO 1 (10) 1994-01-29 Ingenio San Antonio Chichigalpa, Chinandega, Nicaragua
Win 8-0 Mauricio Buitrago TKO 7 (10) 1993-11-27 Gimnasio Alexis Arguello, Managua, Nicaragua
Win 7-0 Alcides Hernandez TKO 3 (10) 1993-10-30 Gimnasio Alexis Arguello, Managua, Nicaragua
Win 6-0 Lee Sandoval UD 10 1993-09-26 Gimnasio Alexis Arguello, Managua, Nicaragua
Win 5-0 Rudy Crawford TKO 2 (8) 1993-08-07 Gimnasio Alexis Arguello, Managua, Nicaragua
Win 4-0 Lee Sandoval UD 8 1993-05-15 Gimnasio Alexis Arguello, Managua, Nicaragua
Win 3-0 Carlos Lopez KO 5 (8) 1993-02-27 Gimnasio Alexis Arguello, Managua, Nicaragua
Win 2-0 Gilbert Garcia UD 6 1993-02-05 Gimnasio Metropolitano, Leon, Nicaragua
Win 1-0 Pablo Torres TKO 3 (10) 1992-12-12 Gimnasio Alexis Arguello, Managua, Nicaragua Professional Debut

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Preceded by
Chana Porpaoin
WBA Minimumweight Champion
2 Dec 1995–13 Nov 1998
Succeeded by
Ricardo Lopez
Preceded by
Beibis Mendoza
WBA Light Flyweight Champion
3 Mar 2001–2 Oct 2004
Stripped, did not make weight
Succeeded by
Roberto Vasquez