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Mike Alvarado
Weightclass:
Light Welterweight
Age:
34
Birthplace:
Denver, Colorado
Record:
34-3, 23 KOs
Height:
5'9"
Reach:
70
Managers:
Henry Delgado
Trainers:
Shann Vilhauer
biography
“Mile High”

Twitter: @MileHighMike303
Ranked WBO #5 at 140 pounds…
World championship fights: 0-1…
Former WBO jr. welterweight world champion…
Interim world championship fights: 1-0, 0 KOs…
Former WBO interim jr. welterweight world champion…
Former IBF Latino jr. welterweight champion, one successful defense…

At the age of 33, Mike is a 10-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 has an aggressive style, great strength and power, and always makes exciting fights -- he fought two times in 2013, and both were tremendous battles.
On March 30, he scored one of his career-best wins -- a 12-round unanimous decision in the rematch against previously undefeated former WBA lightweight world champion Brandon Rios. It was one of the best fights of the year.
After the fight, Dan Rafael wrote on ESPN.com [excerpts]: In October, Rios and Alvarado put on one of the best fights of 2012, trumped only by the fourth fight between Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez for fight of the year honors. But...
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fight history
Fight by Fight – 2013 – LOST WBO JW WORLD TITLE - in his last fight on 10-19-13 in Denver, CO, he lost by TKO (10th round) against Ruslan Provodnikov (22-2): the bout headlined at 1stBank Center, and it was fast-paced and exciting; the early rounds were close, and the momentum shifted back and forth - after six rounds, the fight was scored 58-56 Provodnikov, 57-57, 57-57; Provodnikov was cut over his right eye and his nose was bloodied in the 7th round, and Mike was swollen around his right eye; Provodnikov rallied and scored two knockdowns in the 8th round - both with a series of punches - but Mike came back and finished the round strongly; Provodnikov landed the harder punches and rallied in the following rounds - he staggered Mike with a series of punches in the 10th round, and Mike did not continue after the round; after nine rounds, Provodnikov led by scores of 96-92, 97-90, 98-90…
WON WBO INTERIM JW WORLD TITLE - on 3-30-13 in Las Vegas, NV, he won a 12 round unanimous decision in the rematch against previously undefeated former WBA lightweight world champion Brandon Rios (31-0-1): the bout headlined at Mandalay Bay and it was a tremendous battle, one of the best fights of the year; the action was nonstop, and the decision was up for grabs, literally, until the final round; both started fast – Rios staggered Mike with a jab in the 2nd round, but Mike came back and rocked him with a right hand in the 3rd; after six rounds, the fight was scored 58-56, 57-56 Rios, 57-57; Rios won the 7th round on two scorecards and relentlessly pressed forward, but Mike adjusted his strategy – he boxed and moved more, scored repeatedly with his right hand, and dominated the second half of the fight; he rocked Rios with a right hand and won the 8th on two scorecards, then swept the 9th and 10th rounds on...
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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...
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Biography

“Mile High”

  • Twitter: @MileHighMike303
  • Ranked WBO #5 at 140 pounds…
  • World championship fights: 0-1…
  • Former WBO jr. welterweight world champion…
  • Interim world championship fights: 1-0, 0 KOs…
  • Former WBO interim jr. welterweight world champion…
  • Former IBF Latino jr. welterweight champion, one successful defense…

At the age of 33, Mike is a 10-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 has an aggressive style, great strength and power, and always makes exciting fights -- he fought two times in 2013, and both were tremendous battles.

On March 30, he scored one of his career-best wins -- a 12-round unanimous decision in the rematch against previously undefeated former WBA lightweight world champion Brandon Rios. It was one of the best fights of the year.

After the fight, Dan Rafael wrote on ESPN.com [excerpts]: In October, Rios and Alvarado put on one of the best fights of 2012, trumped only by the fourth fight between Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez for fight of the year honors. But in many other years, Rios-Alvarado I would have been the clear winner. It was a blazing back-and-forth battle that Rios won by stopping Alvarado on his feet in the seventh round.

It was so good that a rematch was obviously going to happen. So five months later they did it again - this time in a 12-round bout for an interim title rather than a scheduled 10-round nontitle bout - and to nobody's surprise, Rios and Alvarado produced another classic that was just as good, and maybe even a little better than, the first fight. The year is still young, but there's a very good chance that this bout will stand up as fight of the year….

As expected, Alvarado and Rios produced another intense brawl with tons of clean punching, ebbs and flows. How this thing went the distance will forever remain a mystery, because the fighters were crushing each other as 5,418 cheered wildly throughout. Alvarado was nearly knocked down and was badly hurt by a left jab, of all things, in the second round. But he rallied and they finished the round in a ferocious exchange.

The round was so good that Top Rank promoter Bob Arum, who promoted the all-time classic Marvelous Marvin Hagler-Thomas Hearns middleweight championship fight, said at the postfight press conference that "the second round, in truth, was the best round I have seen since Round 1 in Hagler-Hearns." It was a great round. Even Mike Tyson, who was ringside, was jumping up and down and cheering.

Alvarado buzzed Rios in the third round with a brutal right, and they continued to trade shots round after round. Alvarado had promised to box more than he had in the first fight, and he was able to do it just enough in the second half of the bout to stay ahead of Rios, whose constant pressure was something to behold. Alvarado fought most of the night with a bad cut over his left eye, which cutman Rudy Hernandez did a masterful job of dealing with between rounds. Alvarado was clearly the heavier puncher and deserved this victory…. [End Rafael item]

Mike gave a strong effort in his last fight on October 19 – it was another exciting fight, but he lost by 10th-round TKO against Ruslan Provodnikov. After the fight, Mike said, "I was boxing him and I felt I had the fight going my direction, but he hit me with a couple of shots. I'm used to taking shots and recovering from them, and tonight I wasn't able to recover from the big shots."

Mike scored two more of his career-best wins before the Rios fight. On April 14, 2012, he won a 10-round unanimous decision in a fast-paced, exciting fight against Mauricio Herrera, and on November 12, 2011, Mike won by 10th-round TKO against Breidis Prescott in a sensational come-from-behind knockout win.

Mike was a national champion wrestler in high school. He got a late start in boxing and had very little amateur experience. But the Top Rank matchmakers did a masterful job of steadily moving him up in class, and Mike responded with consistently impressive performances.

After three years as a pro in February 2007, Mike won an eight-round decision against Carlos Molina, who has developed into a contender in his own right. In 2008, Mike fought Michel Rosales (TKO7) and former WBC lightweight champion Cesar Bazan (KO4), and in 2009, he fought Emmanuel Clottey, the older brother of Joshua Clottey. (KO10).

Regarding his nickname, he said, “They call me ‘Mile High Mike,’ you know, coming from Colorado, the whole 5280 mile-high elevation.”

Fight History

Fight by Fight – 2013 – LOST WBO JW WORLD TITLE - in his last fight on 10-19-13 in Denver, CO, he lost by TKO (10th round) against Ruslan Provodnikov (22-2): the bout headlined at 1stBank Center, and it was fast-paced and exciting; the early rounds were close, and the momentum shifted back and forth - after six rounds, the fight was scored 58-56 Provodnikov, 57-57, 57-57; Provodnikov was cut over his right eye and his nose was bloodied in the 7th round, and Mike was swollen around his right eye; Provodnikov rallied and scored two knockdowns in the 8th round - both with a series of punches - but Mike came back and finished the round strongly; Provodnikov landed the harder punches and rallied in the following rounds - he staggered Mike with a series of punches in the 10th round, and Mike did not continue after the round; after nine rounds, Provodnikov led by scores of 96-92, 97-90, 98-90…

WON WBO INTERIM JW WORLD TITLE - on 3-30-13 in Las Vegas, NV, he won a 12 round unanimous decision in the rematch against previously undefeated former WBA lightweight world champion Brandon Rios (31-0-1): the bout headlined at Mandalay Bay and it was a tremendous battle, one of the best fights of the year; the action was nonstop, and the decision was up for grabs, literally, until the final round; both started fast – Rios staggered Mike with a jab in the 2nd round, but Mike came back and rocked him with a right hand in the 3rd; after six rounds, the fight was scored 58-56, 57-56 Rios, 57-57; Rios won the 7th round on two scorecards and relentlessly pressed forward, but Mike adjusted his strategy – he boxed and moved more, scored repeatedly with his right hand, and dominated the second half of the fight; he rocked Rios with a right hand and won the 8th on two scorecards, then swept the 9th and 10th rounds on all three; Rios rallied and won the 11th on two scorecards, but Mike finished strongly – he swept the 12th round, and won by scores of 115-113, 115-113, 114-113; after the fight, Mike said, "It was that movement I was talking about. The focus to stay on my movement, the strategic movement we worked on all training camp. The first fight was prematurely stopped. I'm always smarter the second time around. My camp and my team are the best in the world. I proved it tonight."...

 

2012 - on 10-13-12 in Carson, CA, he lost by TKO (7th round) against Brandon Rios (30-0-1): this scheduled 10-rounder was co-featured with the Nonito Donaire-Toshiaki Nishioka main event, and it was a tremendous battle – one of the best fights of the year; both fought aggressively and kept relentless paces, both were rocked several times, and both were bruised and battered; almost every round was close – Mike rocked Rios with a series of punches in the 5th round, but Rios came back and finished the round strongly; after six rounds, the fight was scored 58-56 Rios, 57-57, 57-57; Rios staggered Mike with a right hand in the 7th round, then rocked him with a series of punches and the referee stopped the fight at 1:57; after the fight, Mike said, "He shook me up, but I think it was stopped a little too early. I was surprised about it. I was hurt, but I could have kept fighting."...

On 4-14-12 in Las Vegas he won a 10 round unanimous decision against Mauricio Herrera (18-1): the fight was one of the co-features with the Brandon Rios-Richard Abril main event – it was fast-paced and exciting, and stole the show; Herrera boxed and moved well and scored with sharp counterpunches, but Mike constantly pressed forward, landed the harder punches, and steadily wore him down; several rounds had almost nonstop exchanges, and several rounds were close; Herrera’s nose was bloodied in the 5th round and his eyes began to swell badly in the middle rounds, and both fought hard until the final bell; after the fight, Mike said, "Herrera was durable and tough. I could tell he trained hard, but his power was not enough. If I had stepped onto the gas more, I would have stopped him."…

 

2011 – 1ST IBF LATINO JW TITLE DEFENSE - on 11-12-11 in Las Vegas he won by TKO (10th round) against Breidis Prescott (24-3): the bout was one of the co-featured fights with the Manny Pacquiao-Juan Manuel Marquez III main event - it was a sensational come-from behind knockout, and stole the show; Prescott started fast – he boxed and moved well in the early rounds, landed the sharper punches, and built a lead on the scorecards; Mike’s nose was bloodied, he was cut over his left eye, and his the right side of his lip was split in the 4th round; but he rallied in the middle rounds - Mike pressed forward, landed the harder punches, and steadily wore down Prescott; he staggered Prescott with a right hand in the 8th round, then scored a knockdown with a series of right hands in the 10th – Prescott got up, but Mike staggered him with a series of right and left uppercuts and the referee stopped the fight at 1:53; after nine rounds, Prescott led by scores of 87-84, 87-84, 86-85; after the fight, Mike said, “My best rounds are always the late rounds. He was leaning forward and I started using the uppercuts. That’s what did it.”…

WON VACANT IBF LATINO JW TITLE - on 7-30-11 in Denver he won a 10 round unanimous decision against Gabriel Martinez (27-2-1): the fight headlined at the Softball Country Arena - it was Mike’s first fight in his hometown since March, 2009; Martinez started fast and gave a good effort, but Mike pressed forward, consistently landed the harder punches, and dominated most of the fight; Mike scored a knockdown with a right hand in the 1st round – although Martinez also slipped to the canvas after missing a punch; Mike dropped Martinez with a right hand in the 6th round, but it was not scored a knockdown - Mike punched Martinez while he was on the canvas, but was only warned for the foul; Martinez was cut over his right eye; Mike finished the fight strongly and won by scores of 100-90, 100-90, 99-90; after the fight, Mike said, “He did his best, but he was trying to outbox me. I'm too strong. He’s tough, but he felt my strength and backed off. I was trying to force him to the ropes and work him, but I don’t mind going the distance. I needed the work. You can’t knock everybody out. Let’s get back to the drawing board. The sky’s the limit.”…

WON VACANT WBC CONTINENTAL AMERICAS SL TITLE - on 5-7-11 in Las Vegas he won by TKO (3rd round) against Ray Narh (25-1): the fight was one of the co-features with the Manny Pacquiao-Shane Mosley main event, and Mike dominated - he consistently outworked Narh and landed the harder punches; Narh claimed that he was sick to his stomach and did not continue after the 3rd round…

On 2-19-11 in Las Vegas he won by TKO (4th round) against Dean Harrison (16-4): the fight was on the undercard of the Nonito Donaire-Fernando Montiel main event; Mike consistently landed the harder punches, steadily wore down Harrison, and he did not continue after the 4th round…

 

2010 – on 11-20-10 in Thackerville, OK, he won by TKO (3rd round) against Joshua Burns (3-9-5): the fight 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 fight 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…

 

2009 - on 5-2-09 in Las Vegas he won an 8 round unanimous decision against Juaquin Gallardo (18-7-1): the fight 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 fight 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; after the fight, Mike said, “I was cutting him off with footwork, throwing one-twos down his pipe. Once I saw how he fell, I knew he was out for good. I guess we have something for the highlight reel.”...

 

2008 - on 12-19-08 in Denver he won by TKO (4th round) against Miguel Huerta (27-9-1): the bout headlined at the National Western Sports Complex, and an enthusiastic crowd cheered Mike on; Mike started fast - he gave an impressive performance and 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 fight 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 bout 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 bout 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; after the fight, Mike said, “He took the heat. He handled all my punches, except at the end. He was tough, but I had the footwork. I switched up, body to head, chopped him down and made him bring up his hands. We had a good plan and I had good camp. Top Rank is bringing me up right.”...

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

 

2007 – on 12-1-07 in Albuquerque he won by TKO (1st round) against Michael Clark (36-4): the fight was on the undercard of the Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.-Ray Sanchez III main event; Clark claimed that he hurt his right hand early in the 1st round, and the referee stopped the fight on the injury at 1:27...

On 8-24-07 in Chicago, IL, he won by TKO (8th round) against Jorge Alberto Padilla (7-3-3): Mike scored a knockdown with a left hook in the 2nd round; Padilla came back and gave a good effort, but Mike steadily wore him down; he rocked Padilla in the 8th round, and the referee stopped the fight at 2:40...

On 6-8-07 in Gary, IN, he won by knockout (2nd round) against Francisco Campos (20-9-1): Mike scored a knockdown with a left hook in the 2nd round, and Campos was counted out at 1:50...

On 2-16-07 in Cicero he won an 8 round majority decision against Carlos Molina (8-3-1): both gave strong efforts, and it was a fast-paced, exciting fight; the early rounds were close, but Mike rallied in the middle and late rounds and won by scores of 77-75, 77-75, 76-76...

 

2006 - on 8-18-06 in Pasadena, TX, he won an 8 round unanimoius decision against Edvan Dos Santos Barros (8-2-1): scored 79-73, 78-74, 78-74...

On 6-2-06 in Tucson, AZ, he won by TKO (5th round) against Maximino Cuevas (8-3-1): Mike dominated the fight and rocked Cuevas several times; Cuevas’ left eye was bruised and swollen, and he did not continue after the 5th round...

On 3-31-06 in Laughlin, NV, he won an 8 round unanimous decision against Sergio De La Torre (10-7-2): De La Torre gave a good effort, but Mike dominated the fight; he kept a busier pace, landed the harder punches, and De La Torre’s left eye was swollen shut at the final bell; scored 80-72, 79-73, 79-73...

 

2005 - on 10-7-05 in Las Vegas he won a 6 round unanimous decision against Jose Angel Roman (7-9-3): Mike pressed forward and consistently outworked Roman, and won by scores of 60-54, 59-55, 59-55…

On 9-17-05 in Phoenix, AZ, he won a 6 round unanimous decision against Arthur Brambila (8-3): Brambila was tough and gave a determined effort, but Mike outworked him and consistently landed the harder punches; scored 60-54, 59-55, 59-55…

On 8-26-05 in Houston, TX, he won by TKO (3rd round, 1:44) against Chad Lawshe (8-5)…

On 5-6-05 in Fountain Hills, AZ, he won by TKO (3rd round, 2:10) against Solomon Tellez (2-4)…

On 3-19-05 in Las Vegas he won a 6 round unanimous decision against Hilario Lopez (7-2): scored 58-56, 58-56, 58-57…

On 2-18-05 in Fountain Hills he won by TKO (2nd round) against previously undefeated Felipe Campana (2-0): in the 2nd round…

 

2004 - on 12-17-04 in Hidalgo, TX, he won by TKO (3rd round) against Fernando Chacon (2-1-1): Mike scored a knockdown in the 1st round, and stopped Chacon at 1:08 of the 3rd

On 10-16-04 in Thornton, CO, he won by knockout (1st round) against Andrew Keon (debut): Mike scored a knockdown with a body punch in the 1st round, and Keon was counted out at 0:28…

On 9-18-04 in Denver he won by TKO (1st round) against Candelario Garcia (debut): Mike scored a knockdown in the 1st round; Garcia got up but was unsteady, and the referee stopped the fight at 1:29…

On 7-3-04 in Castle Rock, CO, he won by TKO (1st round) against Robert Howard (7-21): Mike scored a knockdown in the 1st round; Howard got up but was unsteady, and the referee stopped the fight at 2:03…

On 4-17-04 in Temecula, CA, he won by knockout (1st round) against Rudy Cruz (debut): Mike scored a knockdown with a right hand in the 1st round; Cruz got up, but was unsteady and referee stopped the fight at 2:18…

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…

Amateur / Personal Background

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. [note: results not currently available] 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.

“I’m naturally righthanded.”…

AMATEUR HIGHLIGHTS:

2003 U.S. NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS - Colorado Springs, Colorado, 141 pounds: in his first fight on 3-24-03 he won a 13-4 decision against Edward Brooks; in his second fight on 3-25-03 he lost a 23-3 decision against Lamont Peterson...

2001 NATIONAL PAL CHAMPIONSHIPS - Kansas City, Missouri, 139 pounds: in his first fight on 11-12-01 he lost a 5-1 decision against Andre Dirrell of Flint, Mich….

2001 NATIONAL GOLDEN GLOVES CHAMPIONSHIPS - Reno, Nevada, 147 pounds: in his first fight he won against Avelino Chavez of Las Vegas, Nev.; in the quarterfinals he lost against James Parison of San Diego, Calif.…

 

STRENGTHS: Has an aggressive style and good skills...has good punching power in both hands…a good body puncher…physcially strong, is always in top condition…has a strong athletic family background…

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: 35 fights…195 total rounds…10 world championship rounds…12 interim world championship rounds…

AVERAGE LENGTH OF BOUTS: 5.5 rounds…

KNOCKOUT PERCENTAGE: 67 %...

DISTANCE FIGHTS: 12 rounds – 1 (1-0)…10 rounds – 6 (5-1)...