As expected, Mike Alvarado showed the resiliency and aggression that make him one of the more consistently-entertaining boxers today. Also as expected, Juan Manuel Marquez showed the technical mastery that made him a legend, dismantling Alvarado over the course of 12 rounds last night (Sat., May 17, 2014) to earn a wide decision win at The Forum in Inglewood, California.
As he had against Ruslan Provodnikov and Brandon Rios, Alvarado tested the waters as a boxer rather than a brawler. When that failed to produce anything other than Marquez landing sporadic combinations, he upped his aggression, attempting to weave his way inside.
This proved equally fruitless aside from giving Marquez the opportunities he needed to land his vaunted counter punches.
Around the sixth round, Alvarado reverted more toward the aggression that characterizes him, exchanging with the Mexican veteran. He still got the worst of it, though, hitting the deck late in the seventh after eating a massive right hand.
Early in the eighth, though, he returned the favor, sending Marquez to his rear with a powerful right hand. Things proceeded to get hectic, Alvarado desperate to press his advantage while Marquez slammed home combinations that -- despite a size disadvantage -- rattled the durable Coloradoan.
Heartening as it was, that knockdown was Alvarado's high point, as Marquez once again established his dominance and chewed up Alvarado with punches in bunches for the remainder of the fight. Two judges scored it 117-109 for Marquez, a third 119-108.
Odds are, this victory means a fifth bout with Manny Pacquiao for "Dinamita" despite the latter's previously-expressed desire to let the rivalry end with his epic knockout. Alvarado, meanwhile, has now lost three of his last four fights. And while he's given a great account of himself each time, this is likely the end of his time as a main event mainstay.
In the opening bout of the evening, unbeaten Ukrainian Viktor Postol systematically dissected durable veteran Selcuk Aydin before stopping him with a vicious uppercut late in the eleventh. Postol entered the bout with just ten knockouts in twenty-five fights while Aydin had never before been stopped. It was a very impressive performance and, provided the WBC follows its ridiculous rules on mandatories, likely set the stage for a fight with reigning champ Danny Garcia.
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