The final Main Event press conference featuring Mike ‘303’ Alvarado and Ruslan Provodnikov, who battle for Alvarado’s WBO light welterweight title this Saturday night at the 1st BANK CENTER in Broomfield, Colorado, beginning at 7:45PM (MST) on HBO, was held at the Viewhouse Eatery & Bar, 2015 Market St. in downtown Denver.
Top Rank head man Bob Arum and Banner Promotions head honcho Art Pelullo both acknowledged how exciting this fight will be along with how these two fighters have conducted themselves as gentlemen throughout, something both Pelullo and Arum said was appreciated.
The TECATE/TOP RANK beauties on hand are definitely ‘easy on the eyes', as most gentlemen in attendance would attest.
Former champion Juan ‘Baby Bull’ Diaz (Houston, Texas) joined Mike Alvarado on stage as he looks to further his quest for another championship when taking on Denver’s Juan ‘Chago’ Santiago in a tough co-main (untelevised) light welterweight bout.
Also in attendance were former featherweight knockout artist Acelino ‘Popo’ Freitas from Salvador, Brazil, young Puerto Rican star Thomas Dulorme, rising Denver star Manuel Lopez (he on the undercard), retired Denver veterans Frankie Sanchez (and son 'Coco' who is undergoing heart surgery on October 21st) and Tito Tovar all mingling with the crowd.
The Salvation Army was represented by Lt. Colonel Dan Starrett who thanked both Bob Arum and Mike Alvarado for the generous donation of $1 from every ticket sold helping victims of our recent Colorado flood tragedy, assuring some $6,500 donated.
Ruslan Provodnikov announced this fight has an even more special meaning to him, his mother here and looking forward to seeing him fight for the first time in America.
The weigh-ins, where all fighters on the card will be attending, are scheduled for 3PM tomorrow at Diego’s Restaurant, 1600 Champa St. on the 16th St. Mall, and open to the public.
The ‘303’ is primed and ready for its first World Championship fight (and Denver’s first HBO televised title bout ever) in more than a decade when on September 15, 2000, Stevie 'lil But Bad' Johnston took on Jose Luis Castillo for Castillo’s WBC lightweight title at the Pepsi Center, Johnston losing by decision.
With an announced SOLD-OUT crowd ready to support the hometown kid, Mike ‘303’ Alvarado, at the 1ST BANK Center in Broomfield on Saturday night, you can expect the crowd to be at a fever pitch by time the HBO televised action begins.