By Chris Williams: Mike Alvarado (34-1, 23 KO’s) vs. Ruslan Provodnikov (22-2, 15 KO’s) is now a done deal for October 19th at the First Bank Center, in Denver, Colorado, USA. The fight will take place at 140 and they’ll be battling for the WBO light welterweight title.
The fight terms have been agreed on and the fight is now signed. It’s expected that HBO will televise it. Alvarado, 32, needs a big win in this fight to get him in the running for a big money fight against Manny Pacquiao. For some reason, Alvarado’s recent win over Brandon Rios wasn’t enough to get him a career payday against the Filipino fighter. Instead of Alvarado getting the fight, the guy that he just beat, Brandon Rios, is the one getting the fight with Manny. That makes you wonder what Alvarado has to in order to face Pacquiao. A win over Rios should have given him the fight, but Bob Arum of Top Rank has decided to put the loser with Pacquiao. The only way to explain this is that maybe Arum wanted to have Pacquiao face a lesser threat given that he’s coming off a bad knockout loss to Juan Manuel Marquez and he doesn’t want to take any chances that Pacquiao gets knocked out again or out-pointed like he was in his fight before that.
Provodnikov could spoil Alvarado’s hopes by beating him on October 19th, and you really couldn’t call it an upset if that were to happen because Provodnikov was stopped by Rios last year, and he also was on the verge of losing to Breidis Prescott in November 2011 when Alvarado was able to pull out a 10th round knockout to get the win. Provodnikov came close to beating WBO welterweight champion Tim Bradley in his last fight in March. Provodnikov lost the fight by the scores 115-112, 114-113 and 114-113. He knocked Bradley down in the 12th round, and was punishing him all the way up until the final bell.