By Steve Kim: The well-traveled Rocky Juarez promised to retire if he didn’t come out victorious on Monday night against Nicaraguan Rene Alvarado in a 12-round bout for the WBC Silver featherweight title at the Fort Bliss Arena in El Paso, Texas.
In the early stages of the fight, nationally televised on Fox Sports 1, Juarez, 30-10-1 (21), had problems contending with the size and activity of Alvarado, 20-3 (14), who held a significant advantage in height and is nine years Juarez’s junior at age 25. But slowly but surely, Juarez’s experience began to control this fight. He consistently banged away at Alvarado’s body on the inside and as the night wore on, landed big left hooks and right hands over the top that stunned Alvarado.
The troops - who were given free admission to this card on Memorial Day - really got into the action as they chanted, “Rocky! Rocky! Rocky!” for the 34-year old from Houston, who represented the United States in the 2000 Olympics. There was back-and-forth action in the championship rounds as both Juarez and Alvarado refused to capitulate but Juarez landed the harder, more forceful punches. Alvarado, perhaps worn down by the steady body attack of Juarez, lost much of the steam off his punches.
When the scorecards were read, Juarez came out on top by the scores of 117-111 and 116-112, twice. It was a well-deserved and hard-earned victory for a man who gets to fight another day.
May 27, 2014