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Mike Alvarado
Weightclass:
Welterweight
Age:
35
Birthplace:
Denver, Colorado
Record:
36-4, 24 KOs
Height:
5'9"
Reach:
70
Managers:
Henry Delgado
Trainers:
Shann Vilhauer
biography
“Mile High”

Twitter: @MileHighMike303
Instagram: @koking303
Former WBO jr. welterweight world champion…
World championship fights: 0-1…
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 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...
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fight history
Key Fights – 2016 – in his last fight on 6-25-16 in Dallas, TX, he won an 8 round majority decision against Josh Torres 15-4-2): the bout headlined at The Bomb Factory, and it was a good fight; Torres started fast and gave a determined effort, but Mike rallied in the middle rounds and dominated the rest of the fight; he landed the harder punches, rocked Torres repeatedly, and won by scores of 77-75, 78-74, 76-76…
On 3-19-16 in Houston, TX, he won by knockout (3rd round) against Saul Corral (19-6): the scheduled 8-rounder was co-featured with the Juan Diaz-Fernando Garcia main event, and Mike quickly overpowered him; Mike rocked Corral with a right hand in the 2nd round; he staggered Corral with a series of punches, then scored a knockdown moments later with a right hand and the referee stopped the fight at 1:25…
 
2015 – VACANT WBO INTERNATIONAL W TITLE CHALLENGE – on 1-24-15 in Broomfield, CO, he lost by TKO (3rd round) in his third fight against former WBA lightweight world champion Brandon Rios (32-2-1): the scheduled 12-rounder headlined at the 1stBank Center; Rios pressed forward, landed the harder punches, and wore down Mike in the 1st and 2nd rounds; he staggered Mike in the 3rd, then scored a knockdown with a right uppercut and Mike did not continue after the round…
 
2014 – VACANT WBO INTERNATIONAL W TITLE CHALLENGE – on 5-17-14 in Inglewood, CA, he lost a 12 round unanimous decision against former four-division world champion and future Hall of Famer Juan Manuel Marquez (55-7-1): the bout headined at The Forum; Marquez dominated the early and middle rounds – he started fast, outboxed and outworked Mike, and scored a knockdown with a right hand in the 8th round; but Mike rallied in the late rounds – he scored a knockdown...
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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...
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Biography

“Mile High”

  • Twitter: @MileHighMike303
  • Instagram: @koking303
  • Former WBO jr. welterweight world champion…
  • World championship fights: 0-1…
  • 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 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.”

Fight History

Key Fights – 2016 – in his last fight on 6-25-16 in Dallas, TX, he won an 8 round majority decision against Josh Torres 15-4-2): the bout headlined at The Bomb Factory, and it was a good fight; Torres started fast and gave a determined effort, but Mike rallied in the middle rounds and dominated the rest of the fight; he landed the harder punches, rocked Torres repeatedly, and won by scores of 77-75, 78-74, 76-76…

On 3-19-16 in Houston, TX, he won by knockout (3rd round) against Saul Corral (19-6): the scheduled 8-rounder was co-featured with the Juan Diaz-Fernando Garcia main event, and Mike quickly overpowered him; Mike rocked Corral with a right hand in the 2nd round; he staggered Corral with a series of punches, then scored a knockdown moments later with a right hand and the referee stopped the fight at 1:25…

 

2015 – VACANT WBO INTERNATIONAL W TITLE CHALLENGE – on 1-24-15 in Broomfield, CO, he lost by TKO (3rd round) in his third fight against former WBA lightweight world champion Brandon Rios (32-2-1): the scheduled 12-rounder headlined at the 1stBank Center; Rios pressed forward, landed the harder punches, and wore down Mike in the 1st and 2nd rounds; he staggered Mike in the 3rd, then scored a knockdown with a right uppercut and Mike did not continue after the round…

 

2014 – VACANT WBO INTERNATIONAL W TITLE CHALLENGE – on 5-17-14 in Inglewood, CA, he lost a 12 round unanimous decision against former four-division world champion and future Hall of Famer Juan Manuel Marquez (55-7-1): the bout headined at The Forum; Marquez dominated the early and middle rounds – he started fast, outboxed and outworked Mike, and scored a knockdown with a right hand in the 8th round; but Mike rallied in the late rounds – he scored a knockdown with a right hand in the 9th and buckled Marquez’s knees with a right hand in the 11th round; scored 117-109, 117-109, 119-108…

 

2013 – LOST WBO JW WORLD TITLE – on 10-19-13 in Broomfield 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…

 

2012 – on 10-13-12 in Carson, CA, he lost by TKO (7th round) against former WBA lightweight world champion 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…

On 4-14-12 in Las Vegas he won a 10 round unanimous decision against Mauricio Herrera (18-1): the bout 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; scored 97-93, 96-94, 99-91…

 

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 scheduled 10-rounder 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…

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…

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 scheduled 10-rounder 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 scheduled 8-rounder 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 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…

 

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…

 

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…

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. 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.”…

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...physically strong, has good punching power in both hands…a good body puncher…has a strong athletic family background…

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: 40 fights…218 total rounds…10 world championship rounds…12 interim world championship rounds…

AVERAGE LENGTH OF BOUTS: 5.4 rounds…

KNOCKOUT PERCENTAGE: of total fights – 60 %...of wins – 66 %...

DISTANCE FIGHTS: 12 rounds – 2 (1-1)…10 rounds – 6 (5-1)...