Mark your calendars as its official, Mike Alvarado will defend his WBO light welterweight title against 29 years-old Ruslan Provodnikov at the FirstBank Center in Broomfield, Colorado, on October 19th in a scheduled 12 round bout. Staying busy an fearing no one has greatly benefitted Alvarado, who had each of his previous performances in what could be considered hostile environments, this fight with Provodnikov in Broomfield definitely considered friendly in front of a hometown (Denver) crowd on October 19th.
Alvarado will enjoy a 3 inch height advantage over the 5’6” Provodnikov, an advantage Mike will capitalize on with his superior boxing skills while Provodnikov hopes to turn the fight into a brawl as soon as possible, something that should never happen.
Alvarado (34-1, 23 KOs) will make the first defense of his World Boxing Organization (WBO) junior welterweight title a “home game,” when he battles Provodnikov (22-2, 15 KOs), Saturday, October 19, at 1STBANK Center in Broomfield, Colo. This marks the area’s first world championship fight featuring a local fighter since September 15, 2000 when former World Boxing Council (WBC) lightweight champion Stevie Johnston unsuccessfully challenged defending WBC lightweight champion Jose Luis Castillo, via majority draw, at Pepsi Center. Alvarado vs. Provodnikov Tickets are already been sold and will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing®, beginning at 9:45 p.m. ET/PT. It will be the first time HBO has ever televised a fight live from Colorado.