MIKE ALVARADO PLANS to write the final chapter in his trilogy with Brandon Rios on Saturday night and move back among boxing's elite.
'Mile High' Mike's career has delivered many top class performances and there is more to him than two memorable contests against Rios, where they have one win apiece.
Ahead of Saturday's BoxNation televised 12-rounder at the 1STBANK Center on the outskirts of his hometown Denver, we celebrate a 37 fight career that has brought Alvarado 34 wins.
Here are five of his best performances.
March 2013 v Brandon Rios II - W
Just like their epic battle of 2012, which Rios won, the two went toe-to-toe again and the Las Vegas crowd were treated to another brutal battle. This time Rios lost his 0. Alvarado started trying to box, but soon got drawn into another slugfest and in round two was hurt. Despite getting banged up, Alvarado's better boxing earned him a narrow, but unanimous decision, much to the disdain of Rios, who accused him of running.
April 2012 v Mauricio Herrera - W
Herrera had been in top form, having beaten Mike Dallas and Ruslan Provodnikov in two of his previous three fights. Unbeaten Alvarado was motivated and hammered out a clear points win over ten rounds in a Fight of the Year contender. The warriors never took a step back, but Herrera marked up and his left eye was closed at the final bell.
Nov 2011 v Breidis Prescott - W TKO
Alvarado was involved in one of the most dramatic battles of 2011 against the feared Colombian banger who had obliterated Amir Khan inside a round in 2008. But 'Mile High' Mike left it late to overtake Prescott, trailing on all three judges' cards when he forced a final round stoppage. Alvarado looked booked for defeat with two minutes left, but floored Prescott with uppercuts and got the unlikely win.
May 2011 v Raymond Narh - W RTD
This was Alvarado's breakout fight on the undercard of Manny Pacquiao's win over Shane Mosley. The Brooklyn based Ghanaian had won 25 of his 26, but couldn't cope with Alvarado's power. The turning point came in round two when Narh was hurt by a ramrod jab. Narh looked distressed in round three and it was no shock when he bailed out.
July 2008 v Cesar Bazan - W KO 4
The Mexican was a shadow of the man who won the WBC World Lightweight title, but had still been mixing in good company. The fight took place on the Miguel Cotto-Antonio Margarito undercard. For two rounds there was little between them, but Alvarado's power became crucial. They were trading in round four when a sledgehammer-right sent Bazan down for the full count.
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