There were so many storylines attached to Rene Alvarado seeking to win his first title—though surprisingly none particularly fueled by revenge.
The resurgent junior lightweight from Nicaragua claimed a belt in emphatic style, dominating Andrew Cancio (21-5-2, 16KOs) over seven rounds in forcing a stoppage in their rematch Saturday evening at Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, California.
Nicaragua’s Alvarado avenged an 8th round stoppage defeat from nearly four years prior, though the historical aspect of the win is from where he gained inspiration—joining his twin brother Felix, a reigning 108-pound titlist, on the title stage, along with honoring the memory of his late, great boxing idol, Alexis Arguello.
“It wasn’t so much avenging my loss, but becoming the first set of twins from Nicaragua to win world titles,” Alvarado (32-8, 21KOs) told DAZN’s Claudia Trejos after his upset victory. “Also, doing this on the 45th anniversary of the great Alexis Arguello winning his first world championship.”
Arguello claimed the featherweight crown on Nov. 23, 1974, knocking out Ruben Olivares in the 13th round at The Forum in Inglewood, California. The win saw him become Nicaragua’s first-ever world champion, going on to win straps in three different weight divisions over the course of his Hall of Fame career.
It’s been more than a decade since Arguello has passed, though his memory lives on through generations of Nicaraguan boxers. Legendary former four-division titlist Roman ‘Chocolatito’ Gonzalez was on hand Saturday evening to commemorate the event, with Alvarado extending his win streak to eight straight in the process.
“It’s a dream come true,” admits Alvarado, who along with Felix become just the fourth set of twins in boxing history to both claim major titles, joining Khaosai and Kaokor Galaxy, Ramon and Raul Garcia and Jermall and Jermell Charlo.
Jake Donovan is a senior writer for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox