Mike Alvarado

Weightclass: Welterweight

  • 38wins

  • 4losses

  • 0draws

  • 26kos

AGE:
37
Birthplace:
Thornton, Colorado
Height:
5'9"
reach:
70
Managers:
Henry Delgado
Trainers:
Shann Vilhauer

fighter feed

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"Mile High" Mile Alvarado

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.”…

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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