At the age of 35, Mike is a 12-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.
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 June 25 in Dallas, Texas, he won an eight-round majority decision against Josh Torres.
After the fight, Dan Rafael wrote on ESPN.com [excerpts]: Alvarado would like another big fight or world title shot, but he knows he is going to have to work to get it and this fight with Torres was part of the process as he continued to shake off the rust of the layoff.
It took Alvarado a few rounds to get going as Torres took it to him but he eventually found his rhythm. By the fourth round, Alvarado seemed to take control and was finding a home for his right hand.
If there was any doubt that Alvarado was going to win, he won the last two rounds as he fired shots, backed Torres up and nailed him with hard right hands.
“Mike’s comeback continues. He is taking small steps to make sure he gets it right,” Top Rank matchmaker Bruce Trampler said. “And the comeback inside the ring goes with his personal comeback outside the ring.” [End Rafael item]
Regarding his nickname, Mike said, “They call me ‘Mile High Mike,’ you know, coming from Colorado, the whole 5280 mile-high elevation.”