Alvarado: Only Way Marquez Beats Provodnikov is By KO

By Ryan Burton

Mike Alvarado has faced a Murders's Row of big punchers in his past four fights. He faced Brandon Rios twice, Ruslan Provodnikov and this past Saturday he lost an unanimous decision to future Hall of Famer Juan Manuel Marquez.

Prior to Saturday's fight, Top Rank CEO Bob Arum tried to match Marquez against Provodnikov but the Mexican legend opted to face Alvarado instead. When I asked Alvarado who he would favor if a Marquez-Provodnikov showdown ever came to fruition,  Alvarado said that Marquez would be in for a very rough fight.

"Provodnikov would probably exploit that out of him," Alvarado said in reference to when he knocked Marquez down but was unable to finish him. "Provodnikov just comes at you with aggression. Marquez would have to knock him out.  I think that's the only way Marquez could beat him," he continued.

Marquez-Alvarado took place at a catch weight of 143 pounds. Alvarado said that he plans on taking a short break and that he will continue his career as a welterweight.

"I am definitely moving up. I ain't going back down to 140 no more," Alvarado told

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Foreign Soil on 05-22-2014

Marquez gets stopped. Alvarado was still recovering from Ruslan for the first 6 rounds, once he actually started applying some pressure, Marquez didn't look good, and Provodnikov applies much more pressure than Alvarado does.

Comment by nor3 on 05-22-2014

[QUOTE=jas;14574622]Is Alvarado for real?[/QUOTE] Totally agreed! It would be a rough fight but I see JMM win via UD. I could see JMM getting knocked down, but he always gets back up. I see Siberian Rocky's face getting swolled to…

Comment by Mr. Philadel on 05-22-2014

Alvarado been taking beatings over the last year and a breeze.....maybe the punishment is affecting his logic.....Provo took his Soul and heart...left him broken in front of the 303ers.....he's probably being loyal and Rating his Daddy higher than his teacher....dude…

Comment by JOM'S on 05-22-2014

IMHO Alvarado got it in reverse...only way for Provo to beat Marquez is by KO.... Marquez have been in their with big punchers all his career and been KD by a big punch a few times, but he has amazing…

Comment by Ray* on 05-22-2014

I actually thinks JMM knocks Provo out, aggression plays into JMM hands. He might get KD but he would alway get up and finish the fight, he has experience in that department from past fights from Juan Diaz - Pac…

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