By Ryan Burton
BoxingScene.com caught up with Mike Alvarado's trainer Shann Vilhauer shortly after his fighter suffered the second loss of his career, a TKO loss to Ruslan Provodnikov. Vilhauer feels that Alvarado fought the wrong fight and that he should have made short work of his Russian rival.
"It was just a bad night. The Russian kid is tailor made for us. Mike just relied on his boxing too much and he fought too defensive of a fight. He then started getting backed up in the ropes and raked with shots and he just didn't have enough to come back," Vilhaueer explained while reiterating that Alvarado simply didn't throw enough punches. "That was the key. He was just too fucking defensive. When he started jabbing and hooking it was working for him. He didn't punch enough."
Vilhauer thinks that Alvarado changed his style because of the success he had in his victory over Brandon Rios in their second fight. Alvarado moved and boxed effectively in the second half of that fight to even up their series at one win a piece. Vilhauer said that his more aggressive style led him to his first 33 victories and that since it worked so well a change wasn't needed.
"(He changed) because it worked so good in the Rios fight. That is why. Everybody in the press was telling him he was the next coming of Pernell Whitaker and that he has those skills and sh*t like that. We had 33 fights before we lost to Rios and we won all of those. We knocked most of them out or beat them down till they quit or we beat the sh*t out of them for a unanimous decision," Vilhauer told BoxingScene.com.
When asked about the possibility of a rematch Vilhauer replied, "Why not? Mike needs to avenge that loss."
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