Denver’s very own homegrown world champion "Mile High" Mike Alvarado will make the first defense of his WBO light welterweight title a "home game", when he battles No. 1 contender Ruslan Provodnikov of Russia, Saturday, October 19, at 1STBANK Center in nearby Broomfield, Colo.
This marks the area’s first world championship fight featuring a local fighter since September 15, 2000 when former WBC lightweight champion Stevie Johnston unsuccessfully challenged defending WBC lightweight champion Jose Luis Castillo, via majority draw, at the Pepsi Center.
Alvarado vs. Provodnikov will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing, beginning at 9:45 p.m. ET/PT.
"Denver just got its Super Bowl in boxing. I’m so excited," said Alvarado. "I am going to adjust my training technique and battle plan because there are different challenges from Ruslan Provodnikov compared to fighting Brandon Rios."
"I’m glad that Alvarado finally agreed to this fight," said Provodnikov. "This will be an unforgettable fight for the fans. I will not disappoint my team and my fans."