by David P. Greisman

Junior welterweight Mike Alvarado was taken into police custody in Las Vegas in late September and held on a pair of open warrants issued by two police departments in the state of Colorado.

As of Oct. 17, he was in the process of being transported back to Colorado to face charges, according to the Adams County Sheriff’s Office Warrants Section.

Police in Las Vegas responded on Sept. 30 to a disturbance call, according to a Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department spokesman. It was during that call that officers learned of the warrants in Colorado and took Alvarado into custody.

Alvarado, 34, had a traffic warrant issued on May 27 by the Northglenn Police Department for failure to appear in court for a charge of “driving under restraint,” according to online records. He then had a felony warrant issued on June 3 by the Thornton Police Department for a charge of “possession of weapons by previous offenders.”

Alvarado has a lengthy criminal record and spent some time behind bars a handful of years ago for violating probation “involving traffic- and driving-oriented offenses and an earlier domestic violence charge,” The Denver Post wrote in 2010 as the boxer was preparing to come back to the ring.

He is coming off a pair of losses — one to Ruslan Provodnikov via stoppage in October 2013, another via decision against Juan Manuel Marquez in May. That brought his record to 34-3 with 23 KOs.

A third fight between Alvarado and Brandon Rios had been mentioned as a possibility for the coming months. It is unclear if and how this news will affect those plans. Rios won their first bout by technical knockout in 2012 and then Alvarado won a unanimous decision in the March 2013 rematch.

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