Juan Manuel Marquez and Mike Alvarado due to square off at Fabulous Forum

If you don’t have a ticket, catch the Juan Manuel Marquez-Mike Alvarado welterweight main event Saturday night from the refurbished Fabulous Forum in Inglewood on HBO.

The winner of this bout is expected to be offered a fight with welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao.

The main event is expected to go off about 8:15 p.m.

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HBO’s ‘Road to Marquez/Alvarado’ will debut on April 19

The 15-minute documentary entitled “Road to Marquez/Alvarado” will debut April 19 on HBO. It will preview the upcoming May 17 welterweight title-unification fight between Juan Manuel Marquez of Mexico and Mike Alvarado of Denver that will take place at the Fabulous Forum in Inglewood.

HBO will televised the Top Rank Inc. fight from the venue in which Marquez made his bones in the 1990s.

The winner of this fight is expected to get a shot at the winner of the April 12 welterweight title fight between champion Timothy Bradley and Manny Pacquiao at MGM Grand in Las Vegas (on HBO pay-per-view).

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Tickets now on sale for Juan Manuel Marquez-Mike Alvarado at Fabulous Forum

Tickets for the May 17 welterweight title-elimination fight between Juan Manuel Marquez of Mexico and Mike Alvarado of Denver go on sale Tuesday (April 1) at noon.

They are priced at $35, $75, $150, $250 and $400 and can be purchased at the Forum box office, or through Ticketmaster by calling 800-745-3000 or online at www.ticketmaster.com or www.fabulousforum.com.

Anyone purchasing a ticket for $75 or $150 between Noon and 4 p.m. Tuesday (April 1) will receive a complimentary companion ticket with a limit of six purchased tickets per order.

Marquez-Alvarado will be televised by HBO.

Marquez (55-7-1, 40 KOs) made his bones at the Forum in the 1990s on his way to becoming one of Mexico’s legendary fighters. Alvarado is 34-2 with 23 knockouts.

The winner of this fight is expected to get a shot at the winner of the April 12 welterweight title fight between Timothy Bradley and Manny Pacquiao at MGM Grand in Las Vegas (on HBO pay-per-view).

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Juan Manuel Marquez, Mike Alvarado slated for May 17 at Forum in Inglewood

Top Rank Inc. vice president Carl Moretti on Thursday said that an agreement has been reached for former world champions Juan Manuel Marquez of Mexico and Mike Alvarado of Denver to square off in the welterweight main event May 17 at the Forum in Inglewood.

“The paperwork was agreed to last night and this morning and is being sent out as we speak,” Moretti said of the fight, which will be contested at a catch-weight of 143 pounds.

The winner is expected to face the winner of the April 12 welterweight title fight between champion Timothy Bradley and Manny Pacquiao at MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

Moreover, Moretti said Top Rank plans to hold more big cards at the Forum, where Dr. Jerry Buss successfully promoted boxing in the 1990s.

Moretti said it’s difficult at times finding an open date at Staples Center, what with the Lakers, Clippers and the NHL’s Kings housed there.

“It’s a great option to have,” Moretti said. “With the history of the Forum, it’s a natural.”

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Ruslan Provodnikov takes Mike Alvarado’s title with 10th round TKO

Ruslan Provodnikov entered his fight Saturday with junior welterweight champion Mike Alvarado with the reputation of a vicious fighter. Provodnikov lived up to that by stopping a battered and beaten Alvarado after the 10th round at 1stBank Center in Broomfield, Colo., near Denver. Provodnikov took Alvarado’s championship belt.

Both fighters had battered faces. Alvarado was decked twice in the eighth round.

After the 10th round, referee Tony Weeks asked Alvarado if he wanted to continue. Weeks was blocking Alvarado, so his response was not seen or heard  on the HBO telecast. But Weeks then said, “This fight’s over,” and waved it off as Alvarado sat on his stool.

Alvarado, 33, of Denver, is 34-2. Provodnikov, 29, of Russia, is 23-2 with 16 knockouts.

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For Mike Alvarado, it was better late than never for Denver world champion

Most boxers who become successful in the pro ranks started as very young amateurs. We’re talking 8, 9 years old. At the latest. That’s why it’s always cool to see someone get a late start and become world champion. Such is the case with Denver’s Mike Alvarado, who Oct. 19 will defend his junior welterweight belt against hard-hitting Ruslan Provodnikov of Russia at First Bank Center near Denver (on HBO).

Alvarado was kind of in no-man’s land a couple of years out of high school when the boxing bug bit him at the age of 20.

“I guess it was just the way I was living,”Alvarado said via telephone this week, when asked what prompted him to take up the sweet science at that late stage. “I mean, after high school I wasn’t really doing anything. You know, work or nothing. So one day I was figuring out what to do with myself and I went to the gym. I was just so determined to do something. I mean, I was multi-talented. I played every sport you can think of. I was a wrestler my whole life.
“I was just so curious what I could do with it, and it was just meant to be. I just went with it and stood with it and gave it my all and it blossomed.”

Alvarado, 33, is 34-1 with 23 knockouts. Provodnikov, 29, is 22-2 with 15 knockouts.

 

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Mike Alvarado, Ruslan Provodnikov a done deal for Oct. 19 in Denver

Mike Alvarado of Denver and Ruslan Provodnikov of Russia will square off in a junior welterweight title fight Oct. 19 at First Bank Center in Denver (on HBO), YahooSports.com and BoxingScene.com reported Thursday.

This could be a good one. Alvarado’s past two fights were against Brandon Rios. Rios stopped Alvarado in the seventh round of a slugfest in October at Home Depot Center. Alvarado boxed more in their rematch in March in Las Vegas and came away with a unanimous decision.

Provodnikov most recently engaged welterweight champion Timothy Bradley in a barnburner at Home Depot Center in March, Bradley getting a narrow decision.

Alvarado, 33, is 34-1 with 23 knockouts. Provodnikov, 29, is 22-2 with 15 knockouts.

The event is being promoted by Top Rank Inc.

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Mike Alvarado-Ruslan Provodnikov in the works for Oct. 19 on HBO

A fight between interim junior welterweight champion Mike “Mile High” Alvarado of Denver and Ruslan Provodnikov of Russia is in the works for Oct. 19 at a site to be determined. It would likely be televised by HBO.

According to a story on BoxingScene.com, Provodnikov has already signed his contract. But Alvarado said he was not happy with the money being offered at this moment.

We tried to reach out to Alvarado’s promoter, Bob Arum, to no avail. Arum did tell his Top Rank Inc. spokesman, Lee Samuels, he would speak about it more today when he meets with reporters for a luncheon in Hollywood.

According to Samuels, the fight is not close to being done. If it comes to fruition, Alvarado (34-1, 23 KOs) would be taking on a fighter who gave welterweight champion Timothy Bradley all he could handle in March at Home Depot Center (now StubHub Center). Bradley won a narrow decision, but he was decked by Provodnikov (22-2, 15 KOs) in the 12th round.

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