By Edward Chaykovsky
As BoxingScene.com reported earlier, Mike Alvarado (34-1) is going to face Ruslan Provodnikov (22-2) on October 19th at the 1st Bank Center in Denver, Colorado. Alvarado's trainer, Shann Vilhauer, admits he wanted an easier fight for his boxer, but he views the hard-punching Provodnikov as the perfect opponent, style-wise, for his boxer. Alvarado is the better boxer, which his trainer believes will be the key to victory.
"I was hoping for an easier showcase fight for Mike," said Vilhauer told The Denver Post. "Something like Stevie Johnston's title defense at the Magness Arena. But this is HBO. They ain't gonna put garbage on that network. We'll just keep Mike boxing. Not so much fighting. [Provodnikov] is tailor-made for Mike. Mike's a better athlete."
Alvarado's manager, Henry Delgado, agrees.
"This matchup is perfect for Mike. Mike can do what he wants. He can bang and he can box," Delgado said.