At the age of 37, 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.
Mike returned to the ring in in March, 2016, after 14 months off, and has won four fights in a row, three by knockout.
In his last fight on August 19 in Omaha, Nebraska, he scored a spectacular one-punch, fourth-round knockout against Sidney Siqueira.
Boxingscene.com’s Ryan Burton reported [excerpts]: Mike Alvarado continued his way on the comeback trail with a wicked knockout of Sidney Siqueira in their welterweight contest.
Alvarado had to survive several rocky moments early on as Siqueira came out guns-a-blazing in the first three rounds.
Alvarado started to come on in the fourth with his uppercut finding a home. An uppercut had Siqueira hurt midway through the round, and then a huge right hand put Siqueira down with his head bouncing off the canvas.
The TKO will be in the running for Knockout of the Year. The former super lightweight titlist has now won four fights in a row. The time of the stoppage was 1:20. [End Burton item]
After his second-round TKO against Matthew Strode on May 26 in Chicago, 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.”
Top Rank’s Hall of Fame matchmaker Bruce Trampler commented, “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.”
AMATEUR, PERSONAL BACKGROUND: Mike said, “I was born and raised and lived my whole life in Thornton, Colorado – it’s a suburb of Denver. I have four sisters and one brother, I’m the second oldest. My dad’s a construction worker, he’s worked hard his whole life. My mom works at an eye laser-surgery place. I graduated from Skyview High School in Thornton, Colorado.
“My real dad was a boxer, also. His name was Ron Cisneros – he was the ‘Rocky Mountain Assassin,’ they said. I didn’t know him. I met him like, a few years ago. He passed away a few years ago. He was a tough guy. He could have gone a long way, but just kind of let it get to him after a while and didn’t take training as seriously as he should have.
“I took my stepfather’s last name out of respect for him when I was a freshman in high school. I don’t think of him as my stepfather – he’s just my father. He and my mom have been together since I was two years old. He took me underneath his wing, and raised the family and took care of me.
“My family were all wrestlers, my dad, my uncles and cousins. I started wrestling when I was four years old and I competed until I was 18. That’s what I’ve done for my whole life. That’s where basically I learned my one-on-one discipline, the whole mental game, cutting weight, and all the other aspects.
“My dad was a big fan of it, he’d grown up wrestling in junior high and high school, all that. He kind of had dreams for me, you know, had a path for me laid out to make it in wrestling and maybe go to college and do the whole college wrestling thing. He was on me real strong, real strict about that. Always had me training real hard, had me in that zone just learning wrestling and that was it, it was all wrestling.
“I was good at it. It paid off, so I can’t complain. I won seven national championships that were like, collegiate and freestyle, and I took state in high school two times. I still have much love for wrestling.
“My uncle used to box back in the day, but it was just in the amateurs. I started boxing in 2000 when I was 20 years old, and boxed as an amateur right up until I turned pro. I’d been watching it, I’ve been in a gym before. My dad took me when I was like, 13, 14 years old. But I was too busy in my wrestling, so focused on that, that I put everything into it. But I just went to the gym one day and decided, ‘Hey, I’m going to try to stick it out, see where I can take it, see where I can go with it.’ It was just meant to be, you know. I started learning, picking up real fast, and it just happened.
“I had like, 41 amateur fights. I was 36-5. I took a National championship, that was the Ringside Nationals. That was in 2001, the first year it came out. I beat a couple of top-ranked fighters, too, in that tournament. I’m sure you’ve heard of Andre Dirrell. I beat him, knocked him down in the third round. He had skills and I didn’t know very much, I was just real strong, powerful. I got by in a lot of my fights with my power. I beat Chad Aquino in the semis. I fought Dirrell again in the PALs a few months after that. He pretty much was on-point, he stepped around and boxed, beat me by a couple of points. It was a good match.”…