Denver’s ‘Mile High’ Mike Alvarado (31-0, 22 KO’s) did his best to accomodate the raucous crowd at Softball Country, 2101 W. 64th Ave., with their highly anticipated KO of former welterweight Mexican champion Gabriel Martinez (27-3-1, 14 KO’s), but Martinez would never settle into the trap Alvarado set leaving the IBF Latino light welterweight belt for Alvarado to wear around his waist.
Lopsided judges scores of 100-90, 100-89, and 99-90, were on point in having ‘Mile High’ Mike Alvarado the clear winner in a bout celebrating the homecoming of Denver’s pride and joy.
Early on it was evident Alvarado had one intention, and one intention only, that being to give the Denver fight fans what they so desperately wanted, KO number twenty-three, but Martinez was determined to go the distance and did a relatively good job of keeping just far enough away from the southpaw Alvarado’s all-out attack.
With the WBC stripping Timothy Bradley of it’s junior welterweight title beacause of alleged inactivity, followed by Alvarado deciding to drop his WBC Continental Americas light welterweight belt, the WBC has clearly been exposed as the organization controlled by Golden Boy Promotions, something both WBC President Jose Sulaiman and Golden Boy Promotions head man Oscar de la Hoya must soon address.
‘Mile High’ Mike Alvarado, although undefeated and sporting a twenty-two KO record that would seemingly make him a legitimate challenger for any in the light welterweight division, must now sit back and see if Top Rank (Bob Arum) can entice one of the alleged ‘pretenders to the throne’ out into the open.
With Bradley embroiled in a contract dispute with promoters Gary Shaw (Shaw Promotions) and Ken Thompson (Thompson Boxing), an Alvarado vs Bradley bout now seems doomed, and with the WBC and Golden Boy having a strangle hold on the light welterweight belts, the war between Golden Boy and Top Rank will get even uglier.
Last night’s Top Rank, in association with Delgado Promotions, and Poor Boys Boxing promoted fight card was both entertaining and competitive with the undercard featuring undefeated super lightweight Terrence Crawford (14-0, 11 KO’s) continuing his winning ways with a crushing right hand in round two stopping Derrick Campos (20-12, 11 KO’s).
Brittney Christian (3-1, 1 KO) won a four round decision over DJ Morrison (3-9, 2 KO’s), with middleweight Abie Han (14-0, 10 KO’s) winning a six round unanimous decision clash with Justin Williams (3-4-1, 2 KO’s).
In what was a brief but action-packed professional debut for eighteen year-old Martin Quezada, the youngster gave a brave and valiant effort before suffering a second round KO at the hands of Sammy Martinez (4-0, 3 KO’s).
These two fighters representing the ‘303’, had the crowd on their feet as they met in the middle of the ring in round one and went to-to-toe for the entire bout.
Maybe it was the mile high air or featherweight Jose Beranza (33-21-3, 26 KO’s) is just that tough, but after being legitimately floored twice by undefeated prospect Roberto Marroquin (20-1, 14 KO’s) he came back and pushed Marroquin to the limit before the bell sounded ending round eight giving Marroquin the decision victory.
Kudos and congratulations to ‘303’ local promoters Henry Delgado (Delgado Promotions) and Jim ‘Smitty’ Smith (Poor Boys Boxing) who put together an outstanding product for the fantastic crowd on hand, that weathered temperatures in the upper 80’s, showing their support for Denver’s own IBF Latino light welterweight champion ‘Mile High’ Mike Alvarado.
Should politics be shoved aside, look for ‘Mike High’ Mike Alvarado to make an even bigger splash in the light welterweight division very soon.
For those who feel women’s boxing leaves alot to be desired, the Ana Maria Torres (26-3-3, 15 KO’s) bout against Jackie Nava (24-3-3, 11 KO’s) was every bit exciting as their first encounter, that ended in a draw, with the WBC female diamond bantamweight belt belonging to the winner.
This bout, held in Chiapas, Mexico, was an awesome display of boxing that had the arena as loud as any imaginable and these two ladies gave the fans more than their money’s worth, making this bout a definite ‘must see television’ epic.
Jackie Nava seemed to have things under control early only to have Ana Maria Torres come stoming back late, with all three judges scorecards reflecting identical 96-94 verdicts in favor of Torres.
Another draw would have been more than appropriate from my vantage point, but the sportsmanship and fight action displayed by these two female ‘warriors’ was/is something maybe their male counterparts should/could attempt to emulate.
Stephen Johnson feature writes for INSIDE BOXING.com, BORICUA BOXING.com, and UNTIL THE NEXT ROUND.com