fighter

Mike Alvarado

Weightclass: Welterweight

  • 38wins

  • 4losses

  • 0draws

  • 26kos

AGE:
35
Birthplace:
Thornton, Colorado
Height:
5'9"
reach:
70
Managers:
Henry Delgado
Trainers:
Shann Vilhauer

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Mike “Mile High” Alvarado

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.”

fight history

  • 2008

    on 12-19-08 in Denver he won by TKO (4th round) against Miguel Huerta (27-9-1): the scheduled 10-rounder headlined at the National Western Sports Complex, and an enthusiastic crowd cheered Mike on; Mike started fast dominated the fight; he outworked Huerta, and landed the harder punches; Mike staggered Huerta with a left uppercut that had him out on his feet in the 4th round, and the referee stopped the fight at 2:22; after three rounds, Mike led by scores of 30-27 on all three scorecards…

    On 10-3-08 in Denver he won by TKO (4th round) against Manuel Garnica (24-9): the scheduled 10-rounder headlined at the National Western Complex, and it was Mike’s first fight in his hometown in four years; Garnica gave a good effort, but Mike dominated the fight; he consistently outworked Garnica, landed the harder punches, and rocked Garnica several times; he scored a knockdown with a left hook-right hand combination in the 4th round – he got up but was unsteady, and the referee stopped the fight at 2:17…

    On 7-26-08 in Las Vegas he won by knockout (4th round) against 33 year-old former WBC lightweight world champion Cesar Bazan (48-10-1): the scheduled 10-rounder was on the undercard of the Antonio Margarito-Miguel Cotto main event; at 5’11” tall, Bazan had a two-inch height advantage; the early rounds were close, but Mike pressed forward and steadily wore him down; Mike scored a knockdown with a series of punches in the 4th round – finished by a left uppercut and right hand – and Bazan was counted out at 2:46…

    On 5-9-08 in Albuquerque, NM, he won by TKO (7th round) against Michel Rosales (16-1): the scheduled 10-rounder headlined at the Isleta Casino and it was an exciting fight; at 5’11” tall, Rosales had a two-inch height advantage; both gave strong efforts and the early rounds were close, but Mike pressed forward, landed the harder punches and steadily wore him down; he rocked Rosales with a right hand in the 4th round, then rocked him again with a left hook in the 5th; he staggered Rosales with a series of punches in the 7th round and the referee stopped the fight at 1:28…

    On 2-15-08 in Cicero, IL, he won a 10 round unanimous decision against Jesus Rodriguez (17-2): Rodriguez moved constantly and counterpunched, but Mike pressed forward, consistently outworked him, and dominated most of the fight; scored 100-90, 98-92, 97-93…

    He debuted at the age of 23 on 2-28-04 in Thornton and won by knockout (1st round) against Istafa Jihad (debut): Mike scored a knockdown in the 1st round, and Jihad was counted out at 1:45…

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  • 2009

    on 5-2-09 in Las Vegas he won an 8 round unanimous decision against Juaquin Gallardo (18-7-1): the bout was on the undercard of the Manny Pacquiao-Ricky Hatton main event, and Mike dominated; he scored a knockdown with a right hand that dropped Gallardo on the seat of his trunks in the 2nd round; Gallardo gave a good effort, but Mike consistently outworked him, landed the harder punches, and won by scores of 80-71, 80-71, 79-72…

    On 3-7-09 in Commerce City, CO, he won by knockout (10th round) against Emmanuel Clottey (24-8): the scheduled 10-rounder headlined at the Mile High Events Center, and Mike dominated – he pressed forward and consistently outworked Clottey, who fought very defensively; Mike scored a knockdown with a right hand that dropped Clottey flat on his back, out cold, in the 10th round, and the referee stopped the fight in mid-count at 2:58; after nine rounds, Mike led by scores of 90-80 on all three scorecards…

     

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  • 2010

    on 11-20-10 in Thackerville, OK, he won by TKO (3rd round) against Joshua Burns (3-9-5): the scheduled 6-rounder was on the undercard at the Winstar Casino; Mike scored a knockdown with a right hand in the 2nd round; he rocked Burns with a series of punches in the 3rd round – Burns’ corner threw in the towel, and the referee stopped the fight at 0:43…

    On 4-3-10 in Corpus Christi, TX, he won by TKO (2nd round) against Lenin Arroyo (20-11-1): the scheduled 10-rounder was on the undercard of the Mikey Garcia-Tomas Villa main event, and Mike quickly overpowered him; he scored a knockdown in the 2nd round, and the referee stopped the fight at 0:42…

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