Mike Alvarado (born July 28, 1980) is an American professional boxer and former WBO junior welterweight champion.

Early life

Alvarado was born in Denver, Colorado. Mike is the cousin of Featherweight prospect Ricky López and his father was 18-0 boxing prospect Ron Cisneros "The Rocky Mountain Assassin" who separated with his mother when Mike was young.

Amateur career

Alvarado was a two time Colorado Class 4A state high school wrestling champion at Skyview High School. Alvarado decided not to wrestle in college and instead selected a boxing career. In a span of about three years, Alvarado compiled a record of 26-5. Among his defeated opponents were Chad Aquino and eventual 2004 Olympian Andre Dirrell, both of whom he defeated to take the Ringside National Championship in 2001.

Professional career

Alvarado was going to fight Paulie Malignaggi but he suffered an elbow injury and withdrew from the fight set for June 27, 2009.

He served a 5 month prison sentence and made a return to boxing with a 2nd round KO of Lenin Arroyo. Alvarado was to fight on Latin fury 15 but was back in jail for parole violations, he had been on probation for traffic and driving offenses and another charge." Mike would then make a successful return to the ring by knocking out the veteran Joshua Burns. Up to this point in his career, Alvarado had beaten fighters such as Carlos Molina, Michael Clark, Michel Rosales, César Bazán, Emmanuel Clottey, and Juaquin Gallardo.

Alvarado beat Ghana's Raymond Narh (25-1), to win the WBC Continental Americas Light Welterweight Championship, which he would later vacate just before his fight with Gabriel Martinez. This bout was on Showtime's televised portion of the Pacquiao vs. Mosley undercard. Alvarado's next victory was against Gabriel Martínez, to win IBF Latino Light Welterweight Championship. The bout took place on July 30, 2011 in Denver.

Alvarado vs. Prescott

Alvarado fought Breidis Prescott on November 12, 2011, in Las Vegas, USA, on the undercard of Manny Pacquiao vs. Juan Manuel Marquez III. Prescott started out the fight fast, and was able to out-box Alvarado for the first 5 rounds successfully, building a lead on the scorecards. In the middle and late rounds, Alvarado became the main aggressor, and cut the distance, effectively trading shots with Prescott on the inside, and winning the middle and late rounds. By the 10th round, Prescott seemed out of gas, and Alvarado took advantage launching a large offensive attack in the opening minute of the round. Then, with 1:43 left in the fight, Alvarado knocked Prescott down with left and right uppercuts. Prescott was able to get up, but Alvarado came back with two hard rights sending Prescott to the ropes, and then landed 3 straight right uppercuts. Prescott was leaning forward, hanging onto Alvarado and not returning fire, prompting the referee to stop the fight with 1:07 left in the bout. Alvarado was down 87-84, 87-84, and 86-85 at the time of stoppage, in what was a close fight.

Alvarado vs. Herrera

Alvarado's next fight was against a Top Light Welterweight contender in Mauricio Herrera, at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. Herrera was coming off solid wins over Mike Dallas Jr. and Ruslan Provodnikov prior to his bout with Alvarado. Herrera started off the fight well, successfully beating Alvarado to the punch, and slipping most of Alvarado's attack in the first round. In the 2nd round, Herrera decided to stand and trade with the bigger Alvarado, in a round where Alvarado controlled the pace and landed the harder punches. The pace would continue in the early and middle rounds, with Alvarado taking Herrera to the ropes and landing the harder punches, but with Herrera landing combinations of his own in Alvarado. By the later rounds, Alvarado had seized control, and began to tee off on Herrera, who's eye was completely close by rounds 9 and 10. The fighters ended the fight in the 12th round, trading blows in the middle of the ring. Alvarado was awarded the clear Unanimous Decision win, with scores of 99-91, 97-93, and 96-94. After the fight, Alvarado said he wanted a big fight with Mexican Champion Juan Manuel Marquez, saying he's paid his dues and deserves a big fight at this point.

He was named to "The Gatti List" on The Fight Game with Jim Lampley on HBO in May 2012. The list consists of the Top 10 most entertaining fighters.

Alvarado vs. Rios I & II

Coming in as two undefeated fighters, Alvarado faced Brandon Rios at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California on October 13. Alvarado was ahead on the scorecards until the 6th round where in Rios hurt him with a crushing right. Rios was able to stop him in the 7th as referee Pat Russell stopped the bout at 1:57 of the round. The fight was voted the 2012 Fight of the Year by the Sports Illustrated.

A much anticipated rematch was held on March 30, 2013 at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Nevada. Like the first fight, both came in with a lot of fireworks as they continued to go toe to toe, until Alvarado changed strategy and became a lot more evasive and hard to hit with fancy footwork. Alvarado defeated Rios by unanimous decision with scores of 115-113, 115-113 and 114-113 to even up the victory score with Rios, each at this point giving each other their first losses. Top Rank promoter Bob Arum dismissed another rematch and suggested to let the two boxers face other fighters first.

Alvarado vs. Provodnikov

Mike Alvarado lost his WBO light welterweight title to Ruslan Provodnikov on October 19, 2013 at the FirstBank Center in Alvarado's hometown of Denver, Colorado. Provodnikov was ahead on all three scorecards and had knocked Alvarado down twice in the eighth round, when Alvarado elected to not come out for the eleventh round. Before the fight, Alvarado was elevated by the WBO to full title holder (as opposed to interim title holder), this the fight against Provodnikov was his first defense of the full title.

Alvarado vs. Marquez

On May 17, 2014, at The Forum, in Inglewood, California, Alvarado was back in action in a welterweight bout against four-division champion and #6 ranked Ring Magazine pound for pound fighter: Juan Manuel "Dinamita" Marquez. The bout was contested for the WBO International Welterweight Championship. He lost the fight by unanimous decision.

Professional record

36 Wins (24 knockouts), 4 Losses (3 knockouts), 0 Draw
Win36–4United States Josh TorresMD8June 25, 2016United States The Bomb Factory Dallas, Texas,
Win35–4United States Saul CorralKO3 (8)March 18, 2016United StatesArena Theater, Houston, Texas
Loss34–4United States Brandon RiosRTD3 (12)January 24, 2015United States1stBank Center, Broomfield, ColoradoFor WBO International Welterweight title.
Loss34–3Mexico Juan Manuel MarquezUD12May 17, 2014United StatesThe Forum, Inglewood, CaliforniaFor WBO International Welterweight title.
Loss34–2Russia Ruslan ProvodnikovRTD10 (12)October 19, 2013United States1stBank Center, Broomfield, ColoradoLost WBO Light Welterweight title.
Win34–1United States Brandon RíosUD12March 30, 2013United StatesMandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, NevadaWon the WBO Interim Light Welterweight title.
Loss33–1United States Brandon RíosTKO7 (10)October 13, 2012United StatesThe Home Depot Center, Carson, California
Win33–0United States Mauricio HerreraUD10April 14, 2012United StatesMandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada
Win32–0Colombia Breidis PrescottTKO10 (10)November 12, 2011United StatesMGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada
Win31–0Mexico Gabriel MartínezUD10July 30, 2011United StatesSoftball Country Arena, Denver, ColoradoWon the IBF Latino Light Welterweight title.
Win30–0Ghana Raymond NarhTKO3May 7, 2011United StatesMGM Grand, Las Vegas, NevadaWon the WBC Continental Americas Light Welterweight title.
Win29–0United Kingdom Dean HarrisonRTD4February 19, 2011United StatesMandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada
Win28–0United States Joshua BurnsTKO3November 20, 2010United StatesWinStar World Casino, Thackersville, Oklahoma
Win27–0Costa Rica Lenin ArroyoTKO2April 3, 2010United StatesAmerican Bank Center, Corpus Christi, Texas
Win26–0United States Juaquin GallardoUD8 (8)May 2, 2009United StatesMGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada
Win25–0Ghana Emmanuel ClotteyKO10March 7, 2009United StatesMile High Events Center, Commerce City, Colorado
Win24–0Mexico Miguel HuertaTKO4December 19, 2008United StatesNational Western Complex Arena, Denver, Colorado
Win23–0Mexico Manuel GarnicaTKO4October 3, 2008United StatesNational Western Complex Arena, Denver, Colorado
Win22–0Mexico César BazánKO4July 26, 2008United StatesMGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada
Win21–0Mexico Michel RosalesTKO7May 9, 2008United StatesIsleta Casino & Resort, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Win20–0United States Jesús RodríguezUD10 (10)February 15, 2008United StatesCicero Stadium, Cicero, Illinois
Win19–0United States Michael ClarkTKO1December 1, 2007United StatesTingley Coliseum, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Win18–0Mexico Alberto PadillaTKO8August 24, 2007United StatesCongress Theater, Chicago, Illinois
Win17–0Costa Rica Francisco CamposKO2June 8, 2007United StatesHudson & Campbell Fitness Cent, Gary, Indiana
Win16–0Mexico Carlos MolinaMD8 (8)February 16, 2007United StatesCicero Stadium, Cicero, Illinois
Win15–0Brazil Edvan Dos SantosUD8 (8)August 18, 2006United StatesConvention Center, Pasadena, Texas
Win14–0United States Maximino CuevasRTD5June 2, 2006United StatesEnvy Night Club, Tucson, Arizona
Win13–0United States Joel De La TorreUD8 (8)March 31, 2006United StatesEdgewater Hotel & Casino, Laughlin, Nevada
Win12–0Puerto Rico Angel RomanUD6 (6)October 7, 2005United StatesThe Aladdin, Las Vegas, Nevada
Win11–0Mexico Arthur BrambilaUD6 (6)September 17, 2005United StatesAmerica West Arena, Phoenix, Arizona
Win10–0United States Chad LawsheTKO3August 26, 2005United StatesColonial Ballroom, Houston, Texas
Win9–0Mexico Solomon TellezTKO3May 6, 2005United StatesFort McDowell Casino, Fountain Hills, Arizona
Win8–0United States Hilario LopezUD6 (6)March 19, 2005United StatesMGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada
Win7–0Pakistan Ayaz QadirTKO2February 18, 2005United StatesFort McDowell Casino, Fountain Hills, Arizona
Win6–0Mexico Fernando ChaconTKO3December 17, 2004United StatesDodge Arena, Hidalgo, Texas
Win5–0United States Andrew KeonKO1October 16, 2004United StatesRadisson Graystone Castle, Thornton, Colorado
Win4–0United States Candelario GarciaTKO1September 18, 2004United StatesWings over the Rockies, Denver, Colorado
Win3–0United States Robert HowardKO1July 3, 2004United StatesDouglas County Events Center, Castle Rock, Colorado
Win2–0United States Rudy CruzTKO1April 17, 2004United StatesPechanga Center, Temecula, California
Win1–0United States Istafa JihadKO1February 28, 2004United StatesRadisson Graystone Castle, Thornton, ColoradoProfessional debut.