This past Saturday night televised LIVE beginning at 7:45 PM (MST) on HBO World Championship Boxing, Denver’s Mike ‘303’ Alvarado took on Russian challenger Ruslan 'Siberian Rocky' Provodnikov for Alvarado’s WBO World light welterweight title held at the 1ST BANK CENTER in Broomfield, Colorado.
This homecoming bout for Alvarado included a generous donation from TEAM ALVARADO and Top Rank (Bob Arum), the announced crowd of 7,012 meaning $7,012 dollars will be donated to the Salvation Army, that organization offering support in the way of food, housing and other related expenses to victims of the recent Colorado floods.
In attendance at this mega-event were announced notable Colorado boxing royalty heavyweight DaVarryl Williamson and former WBC World lightweight champion Stevie ‘lil but bad’ Johnston along with former World featherweight champion (from Brazil) Acelino Freitas and former middleweight, light heavyweight and heavyweight champion Roy Jones, Jr.
The usual HBO broadcast team of Larry Merchant, Jim Lampley, Roy Jones, Jr., Max Kellerman and Harold Lederman were all at ringside and more than accommodating fans having their photo taken and signing autographs for those asking politely.
The main event of the evening was everything expected with non-stop action that had everyone on the edge of their seats, the outcome not nearly what was hoped for as Provodnikov (now 23-2, 16KO’s) proved to be the better man on Saturday night stopping Alvarado (now 34-2, 23 KO’s) by way of TKO, the official time being 3:00 minutes of round 10 after referee Tony Weeks determined Alvarado could no longer continue, him unable to answer the bell for round 11.
Ruslan Provodnikov is a hard man and more than a handful at 140 lbs. and having his mother ringside seeing him fight in the U.S. for the first time gave him even more incentive to masterfully perform.
Mike Alvarado has nothing to be ashamed of and for anyone to say anything to the contrary is nothing more than simply inaccurate, him having been in with the best of the division while never batting an eye.
Should you be searching for any negative associated with the performance of Mike Alvarado (minus initially weighing-in at 1 pound over, some 2 hours later weighing in at 139.8) look somewhere else, him conducting himself as a gentleman throughout.
This fight Saturday night showed boxing fans nationwide that Colorado’s fight fans are just as knowledgeable and enthusiastic as any around the country and despite Mike ‘303’ Alvarado losing his WBO World light welterweight title, Colorado and Denver came out the big winner.
Untelevised undercard results:
In co-main event action and making a strong comeback, former World champion Juan ‘Baby ‘Bull’ Diaz (38-4, 19 KO’s) got the UD win over a tough Juan Santiago (14-11-1), Diaz now looking for a title shot “after maybe one more fight”.
- Donovan Dennis over Hugo Arceo (heavy) TKO-3.
- Starling Cordero over Abraham Rubio (bantam) TKO-1. (Cordero half brother of Thomas Dulorme-Cordero, Puerto Rican welterweight contender).
- David Escamilia over Jair Quintero (Super feather) by UD.
- Vitor Jones de Oliveira over Martin Quezada (Super feather) TKO-2. (Oliverira the nephew of Acelino Freitas).
- Daniel Calzada winning by way of MD over Carlos ‘Pee Wee’ Marquez (welter) in a very entertaining bout.
- Ending the night was Manuel Lopez getting the UD win over Julio Chavez (light welter) in what was an easy win for the Denver up and coming prospect.