The 1ST BANK CENTER in Broomfield, Colorado, is the venue for the long awaited battle between Denver WBO light welterweight champion Mike ‘303’ Alvarado (34-1, 23 KO’s) vs Russian contender Ruslan Provodnikov (22-2, 15 KO’s) and will be televised tonight on HBO (7:45 PM) following the replay of last week’s WBO welterweight title fight between Timothy Bradley and Juan Manuel Marquez.
Top Rank Promotions (Bob Arum) and Banner Promotions (Art Pelullo) have orchestrated what will be an historic boxing event in the history of Denver boxing with fight fans around the country as excited as those seated in attendance.
Not since Stevie ‘lil But Bad’ Johnston (who will be in attendance tonight) took on Jose Luis Castillo back in 2000 for Castillo’s WBC lightweight title held at the Pepsi Center, has Denver enjoyed this much boxing attention.
Having Michael Buffer, Harold Lederman, Jim Lampley, Max Kellerman, Roy Jones, Jr. and referee Tony Weeks in town to call the fight has added Denver boxing fans the chance to view big-time boxing up close and personal, something they’ll never forget.
Mike ‘303’ Alvarado has been looking forward to allowing his many Denver and Colorado supporters the opportunity to see him at the top of his game and tonight he will give them what they want and more as he gives the Russian tough guy a boxing lesson.
Ruslan Provodnikov has limited skills but remains dangerous when luring an opponent into an all-out free for all brawl, Alvarado simply too experienced, too smart and too skilled to do anything other than pick opportune times to go toe-to-toe.
Look for Mike ‘303’ Alvarado to wear down and stop Ruslan Provodnikov somewhere between the 9th and 10th rounds, winning by impressive TKO in what will be everything that was expected and hoped for in tonight's fight.
The undercard has been set with a lightweight contest between Denver’s Juan ‘Chago’ Santiago (14-10-1, 8 KO’s) and Houston’s Juan ‘Baby Bull’ Diaz (37-4, 19 KO's) in an exciting scheduled for 10 rounds lightweight co-main event that unfortunately for Denver fight fans who weren’t able to purchase tickets, won’t be televised.
The remainder of the undercard has good entertaining competition with:
- Starling Cordero (6-0, 3 KO’s) vs Abraham Rubio (3-1-1, 1 KO) bantam-10.
- Donovan Dennis (6-0, 5 KO’s) vs Hugo Arceo (4-0-1,3 KO’s) heavy- 6.
- Manuel Damairias Lopez (4-0, 4 KO’s) vs Julio Chavez (6-5-1, 2 KO’s) light welter-6.
- Daniel Calzada (8-9-2, 2 KO’s) vs Carlos Marquez (4-1, 1 KO) welter-6.
- David Escamilia (2-0, 1 KO) vs Jair Quintero (2-0) super feather-4.
- Vitor Jones de Oliveira (debut) vs Martin Quezada (2-7, 2 KO’s) super feather-4.