San Bernardino middleweight boxer Edgar Alvarado improved to 2-1 in the double-elimination U.S. Olympic Trials in Mobile, Ala. Tuesday with a 26-24 victory over D’Mitrius Ballard. Alvarado, a graduate of Arroyo Valley High School, will face Luis Arias, the No. 1 ranked boxer coming in, at 4 p.m. today. Alvarado and Arias have split their previous two matches, with Arias defeating Alvarado 20-16 Sunday.
To get to today’s match, which is a semifinal in the Challenger bracket, Alvarado defeated Demarius Russell 17-14 Monday before his victory over Ballard, who was the United States’ representative at the most recent Pan Am games. Russell was the National Police Athletic League champion, so Alvarado is doing some work.