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23 MAY 2018

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Alvarado Makes First Title Defence

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."



“Boxing fans have been craving for this match up,” said Todd duBoef, president of Top Rank.  The fighters’ styles make for boxing’s in-ring perfect storm.”


"I’m very excited about the fight and glad that Bob Arum and Todd duBoef were able to close the deal with Alvarado," said Art Pelullo, president of Banner Promotions and Provodnikov’s promoter.  "I think it’s a great fight for boxing. It’s what we need. Ruslan was very close to beating Tim Bradley. We think he can win the fight. We know it’s going to be an exciting fight no matter what happens."


“Mike Alvarado vs. Ruslan Provodnikov is a fight fan’s fight that will deliver non-stop action from the moment the first bell rings,” said Peter Nelson, director of programming, HBO Sports.  “The fight crowd in Denver and those tuning in to HBO on October 19 are in for a memorable night of boxing.  We are grateful to both fight camps for accepting the bout.”


August 13, 2013

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