At the age of 36, Mike is a 13-year pro. A former WBO junior welterweight world champion, he won the “interim” title in March, 2013 – when WBO champion Juan Manuel Marquez moved up in weight to challenge for a welterweight world title, he vacated the 140-pound title and Mike was elevated to “world” champion. Mike moved up to the welterweight division in January, 2015.
He has been fighting at the top levels of competition and been in some of the most exciting fights in recent years.
In his last fight on May 26 in Chicago, he won by second-round TKO against Matthew Strode.
The Ring’s Francisco Salazar reported [excerpts]: Mike Alvarado stopped Matt Strode in the second round.
Alvarado staggered Strode with a right hand in the opening round. Moments later, a barrage of punches from Alvarado dropped Strode to the canvas.
Strode hung in there, but was outgunned by the more accurate and aggressive Alvarado. With about 30 seconds left in the second round, a right hand staggered Strode again. Moments later, a barrage of punches promoted [the] referee to step in and stop the bout at 2:40.
It was Alvarado’s first fight since June 25, when he won a hard-fought eight round majority decision over Joshua Torres. [End Salazar item]
After the fight, Mike said, “I cleansed my life. I’m staying very dedicated. I love what I do. I feel rejuvenated, like I have reinvented myself – I’m back! I’m here to make a statement.
“I’m ready to fight for a world title and have the will to become a world champion once again.”
After Mike’s previous fight, Top Rank’s Hall of Fame matchmaker Bruce Trampler said, “Mike’s comeback continues. He is taking small steps to make sure he gets it right. And the comeback inside the ring goes with his personal comeback outside the ring.”
Regarding his nickname, Mike said, “They call me ‘Mile High Mike,’ you know, coming from Colorado, the whole 5,280 mile-high elevation.”