Mike Alvarado

Weightclass: Welterweight

  • 40wins

  • 5losses

  • 0draws

  • 28kos

Thornton, Colorado
Bridgette Alvarado
Rick Lopez Sr.

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Mike "Mile High" Alvarado

At the age of 38, Mike is a 14-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 five fights in a row, four by knockout.

In his last fight on June 30 in Oklahoma City he won by ninth-round TKO against Martin Martinez.

Boxingscene.com’s Keith Idec reported [excerpts]: Mike Alvarado resumed his comeback by stopping a game Martin Martinez in Oklahoma City.

Alvarado beat Martinez by technical knockout after the ninth round in a scheduled 10-round welterweight bout at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Alvarado was bloodied and bruised himself before [the] referee determined that the nasty gash over Martinez’s left eye was too dangerous for him to compete in the final round.

Martinez made their fight competitive in its second half and seemed to buzz Alvarado with a right hand with just under 10 seconds to go in the ninth round. A ringside physician nearly stopped their bout with 31 seconds remaining in the ninth round due to Martinez’s cut, but he allowed the action to continue.

Alvarado sustained a cut over his left eye in the sixth round, but it didn’t bleed nearly as bad as Martinez’s wound. Martinez had some success in the sixth and seventh rounds, particularly with his left hook, as Alvarado appeared to start tiring.

Alvarado absorbed several left hooks in the early rounds, which caused some swelling beneath Alvarado’s right eye. By the third round, the cut that eventually led to the stoppage opened over Martinez’s left eye. [End Idec item]

In his post-fight interview, Mike said, “I felt like I did good. I was strong. It’s just that he was real awkward. I had been off for a long time, and I know what adjustments I have to make. I know what I got to do when I get back in the gym.

“I’m fine. I’ll be good. I’ll redeem myself. Time to get back to business.”

After his second-round TKO win against Matthew Strode on May 26, 2017, 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.”

Regarding his nickname, Mike said, “They call me ‘Mile High Mike.’ You know, coming from Colorado, the whole 5,280 mile-high elevation.”

fight history

  • 2018

    In his last fight on 10-13-18 in Omaha, NB, he won by TKO (2nd round) against Robbie Cannon (16-13-3): the scheduled 6-rounder was on the undercard of the Terence Crawford vs. Jose Benavidez main event; Mike scored two knockdowns in the 2nd round, both with right hands, and the referee stopped the fight at 0:41…

    On 6-30-18 in Oklahoma City, OK, he won by TKO (9th round) against Martin Martinez (18-14-1): the scheduled 10-rounder was on the undercard of the Gilberto Ramirez vs. Alexis Angulo main event; both had rallies and both were cut; Martinez was cut over his left eye in the 3rd round and Mike was cut over his left eye in the 6th round; Martinez’ cut worsened as the fight progressed, and the referee stopped the fight on the cut after the 9th round.

  • 2017

    On 8-19-17 in Omaha, NB, he won by knockout (4th round) against Sidney Siquiera (26-12-1): the scheduled 8-rounder was on the undercard of the Terence Crawford vs. Julius Indongo main event – it was fast-paced and exciting, and ended with a spectacular one-punch knockout; Siqueira had a strong start – there were repeated hard exchanges in the first three rounds, and Mike’s right eye became swollen; but Mike scored a devastating knockdown with a right hand that dropped Siqueira, out cold, in the 4th round, and the referee stopped the fight without a count at 1:28.

    On 5-26-17 in Chicago, IL, he won by TKO (2nd round) against Matthew Strode 24-4): the scheduled 10-rounder was one of the co-features at UIC Pavilion, and Mike quickly overpowered him; he scored a knockdown with a left hook in the 1st round; he rocked Strode repeatedly in the 2nd, then scored another knockdown with a series of punches when Strode was held up by the ropes – the referee gave Strode the mandatory 8-count, then stopped the fight at 2:40.

  • 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.