Denver’s very own homegrown world champion “Mile High” MIKE ALVARADO and No. 1 contender the “Siberian Rocky” RUSLAN PROVODNIKOV of Russia — both coming off nationally-televised Fight of the Year performances — will go mano a mano in their world championship rumble tonight in front of a sold out 1STBANK Center audience.
The last tickets were sold on Friday at 9:15 p.m.
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), of Russia, tonight at the 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 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.
Doors open at 4:30 p.m. with the first bout starting at 5:30 p.m. local time.
Promoted by Top Rank® and Banner Promotions, in association with Tecate, Alvarado and Provodnikov enter this world title tilt fresh from Fight of the Year performances that took place in March, just two weeks apart from each other, and were televised on HBO. They boast a combined record of 56-3 (38 KOs) — a winning percentage of 95% and a victory by knockout ratio of 68%.
PROVODNIKOV, FREITAS AND DIAZ COME FULL CIRCLE FOR OCTOBER 19TH FIGHT CARD
Philadelphia (October 18, 2013)—On April 28, 2007 Ruslan Provodnikov scored a 1st round stoppage over Antwon Barrett in his American debut.
The result maybe was just a blip on the radar that night because it was a four round bout on the undercard of a highly publicized Lightweight unification bout between Juan Diaz and Acelino Freitas.
Fast forward six and a half years, Provodnikov, Diaz and Freitas will be featured in different capacities when Provodnikov fights WBO Jr. Welterweight champion Mike Alvarado at the 1stBank Arena in Broomfield, Colorado.
The bout which is promoted by Top Rank and Banner Promotions will be televised live on HBO Championship Boxing.
In what most experts are calling a Fight of the Year candidate, Provodnkov (22-2, 15 KO’s) takes on Alvarado (34-1, 23 KO’s) in the highly anticipated bout.
Diaz (37-4, 19 KO’s) will continue his comeback when he takes on Juan Santiago (14-10-1, 8 KO’s) in a ten round bout.
Freitas will be in the corner of his nephew Vitor Jones De Olivera when the Jr. Lightweight participates in a four round bout against Martin Quezada.
“I am very blessed to be the main event on Saturday”, said Provodnikov.
“To be the main event is a big accomplishment.“
“Those types seem so long ago and the time has passed and now I am the main event and I am very glad things have gone the so well for me.
“Said Acelino Freitas, “I only remember Provodnikov as being a nice kid at the time. The events of Saturday night proves that god’s destiny was for us to reunite this Saturday.”