‘THROWDOWN UNDER THE STARS‘ is how tonight’s boxing action is being labeled as Denver’s own ‘Mile High’ Mike Alvarado (30-0, 22 KO’s) takes on tough Senora, Mexico, opponent Gabriel Martinez (27-2-1, 14 KO’s) in the main event of a televised (FOX and FOX Espanol) battle for the vacant IBF Latino light welterweight title bout held at Softball Country, 2101 W. 64th Avenue, in Denver.
Promoted by Top Rank (Bob Arum), in conjunction with Degado Boxing Promotions (Henry Delgado), and Poor Boys Boxing (Jim ‘Smitty’ Smith), tonight’s card will feature seven entertaining matchups in what will be an exciting and entertaining evening of boxing talent.
Alvarado was very vocal in discussing what should have been his first title defense of the WBC junior welterweight Continental Americas title, but after seeing his World Ranking drop from 7th in May, to 9th in June, and finally 10th in July, has decided to let the WBC keep their belt and not pay their sanctioning fee, choosing instead to look at other organizations for support.
“After watching my drop in the rankings, after doing nothing but win, it was easy for me to go in another direction. I was looking forward to a title bout with Timothy Bradley, but when the WBC stripped him of his title for no apparent reason, I decided it was time for me to do what was best for me”, said Alvarado.
Stopping the highly touted Ray Narh (25-2, 21 KO’s) to win the WBC Continental Americas title when Narh abruptly quit on his stool for the third round stoppage, Alvarado seemed headed to ‘star status’ only to be shunned by the WBC, leaving most scratching their heads at some of their more recent decisions.
It’s really no big secret that the WBC has aligned itself with Golden Boy Promotions as their leader in determining which fighters serve their best interests, and with Alvarado being a Top Rank promoted guy, regardless of WBC President Jose Sulaiman’s past proclamations of that organization being ‘the home of Mexican champions’, Alvarado may have correctly perceived he’s ‘out of the loop’.
Top Rank fully supports the Alvarado decision and with the IBF stepping up making tonight’s bout for their vacant Latino lightweight title, look for ‘Mile High’ Mike Alvarado to again be an important piece of the light welterweight puzzle, regardless the poor decision making process of the WBC.
The doors open at 5:30 PM with fight action beginning at 6 PM for what could easily have been termed an ‘EVENING UNDER THE STARS’ with this entire fight card held outdoors featuring rising contenders Robert Marroquin vs Jose Beranza, Terence Crawford vs Derrick Campos, Sammy Martinez vs Martin Quezada, and the lovely Brittney Christian taking on Brenda Gonzalez.
The weather forecast calls for a beautiful Colorado evening that should make those viewing from other parts of the country envious of both our scenery, and rabid professional boxing fan support.
There remain a few tickets available, ranging in price from $25 to $75 dollars, by contacting: Delgado’s, 303-432-8994, Xtreme Car Wash, 303-227-0608, The Ticket Giant, 720-314-7286, and Poor Boys’ Boxing, 303-450-9763.
Stephen Johnson feature writes for INSIDE BOXING.com, BORICUA BOXING.com, and UNTIL THE NEXT ROUND.com