Report: Mike Alvarado arrested in Denver on warrant, gun possession

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Welterweight Mike Alvarado of Denver this past Saturday was arrested in downtown Denver on a felony warrant and for being a convicted felon in possession of a handgun, the Denver Post reported.

Alvarado (34-3, 23 KOs) is scheduled to fight Brandon Rios (32-2-1, 23 KOs) of Oxnard for the third time Jan. 24 at 1stBank Center in Bloomfield, Colo. (on HBO). The fighters split the first two bouts.

Alvarado, 34, has already served two stints in prison, according to the report. He has been bailed out and at this time he should be able to keep the date with Rios.

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Manny Pacquiao selected as a judge for 63rd Miss Universe Pageant

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Guess what Manny Pacquiao will be doing while awaiting word of his next opponent? Judging the 63rd Miss Universe Pageant, of course. The pageant will take place Jan. 25 and be televised on NBC.

Pacquiao was among the first group of judges selected. The others are Kristin Cavallari (TV host), actor William Levy, Lisa Vanderpump (The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills) and Louise Roe (fashion journalist)

Pacquiao (57-5-2, 38 KOs) most recently defended his welterweight world title with a wide decision over Chris Algieri on Nov. 23 in Macau, China.

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Gilberto ‘Zurdo’ Ramirez will make HBO debut undernearth Rios-Alvarado III

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Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez, ranked as high as No. 2 in the super middleweight division, will make his HBO debut on Jan. 24 when he takes on Maxim Vlasov of Russia underneath the third fight between welterweights Mike Alvarado and Brandon Rios at 1stBank Center in Bloomfield, Colo.

Ramirez, just 23, is a 6-foot-2 1/2-inch southpaw from Mexico. He is 30-0 with 24 knockouts and has stopped his past four opponents inside the distance.

The card will be staged by Bob Arum’s Top Rank Inc.

“I really appreciate Bob Arum, HBO and my team at Zapari Boxing  for giving me this opportunity,” Ramirez said. ” I have been waiting so long for this caliber of fight. Vlasov is the biggest test of my career.  A victory over him will validate me as a worthy challenger for a world title.  I promise to give the fans a very exciting fight on Jan. 24.”

Vlasov, 28, is 30-1 with 15 knockouts. He, too, is tall at 6-3 1/2.

 “I box to live and I live to box,” Vlasov said from his Russia-based training camp.  “I want this victory very badly. This is my time and I am ready to prove it.”

Vlasov is ranked as high as No. 6 in the world.


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Gennady Golovkin is Los Angeles Newspaper Group Fighter of the Year

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Any time you’re picking a Fighter of the Year, you’d love it to be a no-brainer because there is no second-guessing. It was not that way in 2014, where there was no real obvious winner.
Some of those strongly considered here included flyweight champion Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez, light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev and lightweight champion Terence Crawford. Among others given thought but perhaps not real strong consideration included welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. and two-division champion Naoya Inoue of Japan.

It wasn’t any of them. It was middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin, who is trained by West Covina native Abel Sanchez out of Big Bear.

Golovkin, of Kazakhstan, went 3-0 in 2014 – all three fights ending with Golovkin stopping his opponent inside the distance. Golovkin scored a seventh-round TKO over Osumanu Adama on Feb. 1, a very impressive third-round TKO over former champion Daniel Geale in July and a first-round knockout of interim champion Marco Antonio Rubio in October at StubHub Center in Carson.

Remember how Mike Tyson used to have opponents quaking in their shoes ahead of fights? Golovkin is beginning to take on a similar persona that is not yet to that extreme, but seemingly moving toward that.

The only loss by Rubio in the past five years had been to Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., and Rubio went the 12-round distance with Chavez. Also keep in mind that Geale was 5-0 in world-title fights until losing his title to Darren Barker via split-decision in August 2013, so he was no slouch. Golovkin made him look like one, though.

Every time we think of Golovkin, it brings us back to an email Sanchez sent yours truly when he first started training Golovkin in 2010. Sanchez, not the type to go overboard in his assessment of his fighters, said Golovkin was a can’t-miss superstar on the horizon. Sanchez was right.

Let’s not forget, Golovkin won his second and third fights of the year – over Geale and Rubio – after his father died suddenly of a heart attack on Feb. 18 at the age of 68. For a fighter to have to pull himself together after that kind of tragedy has got to be the hardest thing.
Golovkin, 32, is 31-0 with 28 knockouts. That’s a knockout ratio of 90.3 percent.

Touching on a few of the others who did not get the nod here but had very good years, very impressive was what Gonzalez accomplished. He went 4-0 with all four victories by TKO. He won the flyweight world title with his third win of the year – a ninth-round TKO over Akira Yaegashi – and then defended that belt with a sixth-round TKO over Rocky Fuentes.
Interestingly, three of Gonzalez’s four fights were in Japan. Gonzalez, 27, is from Nicaragua.

Also substantial was what Kovalev did. He went 3-0 with two knockouts. He defended his title against Cedric Agnew (KO 7) and Blake Caparello (TKO 2) and won a very wide unanimous decision over ageless wonder Bernard Hopkins in a light heavyweight title-unification bout.
We also really liked what Crawford did in 2014. He ventured to Scotland to win the title with a unanimous decision over Ricky Burns, then defended it twice in his hometown of Omaha, Neb. First, he stopped Yuriorkis Gamboa in the ninth round, then he won a unanimous decision over Raymundo Beltran.

Good stuff by all of these fighters. They are to be commended.

(Trainer of the Year)
The aforementioned Sanchez is our Trainer of the Year. The reason whys are quite simple. Keeping in mind that we like what several other trainers did, Sanchez was charged with helping keep a heartbroken Golovkin in the proper frame of mind once he began training again after some personal time to heal.

And Sanchez was just the trainer to do that. Sanchez, who trained former junior middleweight champion “Terrible” Terry Norris, is that cool personality that fits perfectly with a caring and sensitive yet absolutely vicious fighter like Golovkin.

Also, Sanchez encourages Golovkin to be the most destructive fighter he can possible be; he knows that’s what the fans crave.

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Golden Boy to stage card in Philadelphia to celebrate Bernard Hopkins’ 50th

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Bernard Hopkins will turn 50 on Jan. 15 and five days later – on Jan. 20 – Golden Boy Promotions will help him celebrate by staging a card in his honor in his native Philadelphia.

The main event will feature Eric “The Outlaw” Hunter (19-3, 10 KOs) of Philadelphia going against Rene Alvarado (21-3, 14 KOs) of Nicaragua in the junior lightweight main event at 2300 Arena.

The card will be televised by Fox Sports 1.

“I’m so excited that Golden Boy has decided to honor my birthday in this way,” said Hopkins, a partner in Golden Boy. “The best present that they can give me is to bring a great night of fights to my hometown and give Philly boxing fans something to celebrate.”

Hopkins, an all-time great at middleweight and also a former light heavyweight champion, most recently fought a title-unification bout with Russia’s Sergey Kovalev, who won a wide decision over Hopkins in November at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City.

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Oscar De La Hoya named Boxing Promoter of the Year by SI

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Oscar De La Hoya, president of Golden Boy Promotions, has been named Boxing Promoter of the Year by Sports Illustrated.

“I’m humbled and honored and thank Sports Illustrated for this incredible recognition,” De La Hoya said in a statement. “When I was inducted to the Boxing Hall of Fame in June, I made a promise that Golden Boy Promotions would focus all of its energies on a simple premise – bringing the best fights to the fans of our sport. In 2014, we started to deliver on that promise, but we have only scratched the surface of what is possible. Working with our outstanding stable of fighters, our fellow promoters and everyone else in our sport who shares our goals, 2015 is primed to be a huge year for boxing.”


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Manny Pacquiao responds to Floyd Mayweather Jr. with a challenging tweet

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Manny Pacquiao on Tuesday responded to Floyd Mayweather Jr., who Friday night during an interview on a Showtime Boxing telecast called on Pacquiao to make their long-anticipated fight that would – even now – likely break all gate and pay-per-view records.

Mayweather said, “Let’s make this fight happen for the people and the fans,” on Friday night. Pacquiao came back with this tweet on Tuesday:

., “don’t be a boxing humbug. Let’s give the fans the fight they want. They have waited long enough.”

If the fight were to come to fruition, it could be May 2, the date of Mayweather’s next fight.

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Timothy Bradley, Diego Chaves fight to 12-round draw at Cosmopolitan

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In what seemed to be an unpopular decision, Timothy Bradley settled for a draw with Diego Chaves in the welterweight main event Saturday night at the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas. The fight was televised by HBO.

The scorecard that was under the most scrutiny was that of Julie Lederman, who gave the fight to Argentina’s Chaves 116-112. Burt Clements had the fight for Bradley at 115-113 and Craig Metcalfe had it even 114-114.

Bradley – a former junior welterweight and welterweight champion from Palm Springs – had a huge lump under his left eye, which was partially closed. He is now 31-1-1 with 12 knockouts.

Chaves – a former interim welterweight champion – had a slightly close left eye. He is now 23-2-1 with 19 knockouts.

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Abner Mares stops Jose Ramirez after five rounds at MGM Grand in Las Vegas

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Abner Mares of Hawaiian Gardens stopped Mexico’s Jose Ramirez after five rounds of their scheduled 10-round featherweight bout Saturday night at MGM Grand in Las Vegas. The bout was contested underneath Amir Khan-Devon Alexander.

Mares decked Ramirez (25-5)  in the first, third and fifth rounds. Mares (28-1-1, 15 KOs) is now 2-0 since losing his featherweight title to Jhonny Gonzalez, who knocked out Mares in the first round in August 2013 at StubHub Center in Carson.

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Amir Khan wins a wide decision over Devon Alexander at MGM Grand

Amir Khan pounded out a wide unanimous decision over Devon Alexander on Saturday night in the welterweight main event at MGM Grand in Las Vegas. The fight was televised by Showtime.

There were no knockdowns. But Khan won by scores of 118-110, 119-109 and 120-108.

Khan out-worked Alexander the whole way, landing more punches and crisper punches.

Khan, 28, of England, is a former junior welterweight champion. He is now 30-3.

St. Louis’ Alexander, a former junior welterweight and welterweight champion, is 26-3.


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