|Real name||Rosendo José Álvarez Hernández|
|Rated at||Minimumweight, Flyweight|
May 6, 1970 |
|Wins by KO||24|
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
In 2012, Alvarez returned to the ring at age 42, but lost by 5th round disqualification.
Professional boxing record
|37 Wins (24 Knockouts, 13 Decisions), 4 Defeats (1 Knockout, 2 Decisions, 1 Disqualification), 2 Draws|
|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|
|WBA Minimumweight Champion
2 Dec 1995–13 Nov 1998
|WBA Light Flyweight Champion
3 Mar 2001–2 Oct 2004
Stripped, did not make weight