By Derek Bonnett: Juan Manuel Marquez last fought at the Forum in Inglewood, California in 1999. Marquez entered the ring on May 17 unbeaten in Forum bouts at 12-0 (9), contributing to the lengthy history between the famed boxing venue and Mexican fighters. While Marquez and Mike Alvarado did not produce action anywhere close to Marco Antonio Barrera and Kennedy McKinney’s famed Forum clash, the two welterweight warriors brought big time boxing back to the Forum in a memorable clash. The HBO main event lasted all twelve rounds, but turned from a one-sided beating to a more typical Forum shoot-out.
Marquez, 40, jumped out to a comfortable lead over Alvarado with greater combination punching and taking advantage over a defensive minded foe early on. Both fighters attempted to work from the body to the head, but it was the Mexican icon who landed with greater frequency. After just a few rounds, Alvarado seemed to start looking for one shot to change the pattern of the evening’s events. However, it was Marquez who buzzed Alvarado with a right hand in the third and again in the fourth. Marquez had Alvarado swelling by the fifth. The fight was not without good two-way action, but Marquez seemed to consistently be doing more each round in spite of catching a few good uppercuts and body blows himself.
The end appeared nigh late in round eight after Marquez dropped Alvarado with a nice right hand after a set-up jab. Alvarado’s body was turned and was sent crashing to the canvas. Mile High rose, still foggy, but had enough in him to survive the round. The knockdown revived Alvarado,33, and reminded him of why he had once earned a place among Jim Lampley’s Gatti-List recipients. Instead of folding, Alvarado roared back to not only captured his first round on SecondsOut’s card, but to drop Marquez with a right hand, clipping the chin perfectly. Marquez rose and fought back even more admirably than Alvarado had previously. The tempo stayed heated, but Marquez again resumed control and battled to a lopsided decision victory.
Two judges favored Marquez 117-109 while the third had it even wider at 119-108. SecondsOut’s scorecard agreed with the wider margin of 119-108. Juan Manuel Marquez elevated his Hall of Fame credentials to 56-7-1 (40). Alvarado gamely fell to 34-3 (23).
On the undercard, Viktor Postol, 30, scored a career best win with an eleventh round KO of Selcuk Aydin in a 140-pound bout. The lanky Ukrainian fighter came into the ring fueled by Tina Turner’s "Simply the Best" and proved that this was true at least concerning the two men in the ring at the time. Postol, who trained for this bout by sparring with Ruslan Provodnikov, jumped to a commanding lead after a close first round. The iron-chinned Aydin, 30, was rocked and stopped in his tracks several times throughout the bout. Postol piled up the punches and ended up landing more than Aydin threw by the fight’s conclusion. Postol threw 1,105 and landed 395 for a 36 percent connect rate. In terms of powershots, Postol landed 235 of 484 for a 49 percent connect rate.
The bout waved off at the 2:52 mark after Postol detonated an overhand right followed by a perfect uppercut to the chin of his foe. The referee waved the fight off without a count after seeing Aydin fold to the canvas. The WBC’s number one ranked Postol improved his dossier to 26-0 (11). Aydin crashed to 26-3 (19).
Other results from the Forum
featherweight Raul Hirales w ko 3 Ernesto Guerrero
lightweight Diego Magdaleno w pts 8 Oscar Bravo
NABF super featherweight title Oscar Valdez w rtd 7 Noel Echevarria
welterweight Brad Solomon w pts 8 Arman Ovsepyan
super featherweight Gabino Saenz w ko 3 Felix Perez
featherweight Edwin Solis w tko 6 Yuri Trogiyanov
super featherweight Pedro Duran w tko 1 Dominic Coca
welterweight Zachary Wohlman w pts 4 Eddie Cordova
welterweight Cameron Kreal w pts 4 Manuel Damairias Lopez
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