JUAN MANUEL MÁRQUEZ vs. MIKE ALVARADO

THE INAUGURAL  BRAWL!

 

 JUAN MANUEL MÁRQUEZ vs. MIKE ALVARADO

CELEBRATES BOXING’S RETURN TO

THE “FABULOUS” FORUM

SATURDAY, MAY 17, LIVE ON HBO®

 

Tickets Go On  Sale

Tuesday, April  1 at 3 P.M. ET / Noon PT

With a Special  Limited Offer

To Receive a  Complimentary Companion Ticket!

 

 

           INGLEWOOD, CALIF.  – Boxing is back at the  Forum (3900 West Manchester Blvd., Inglewood, Calif. 90305) and the historic  inaugural brawl will feature four-division world champion and Méxican  icon JUAN MANUEL “Dinamita” MÁRQUEZ  battling former junior welterweight world champion and the pride of Colorado  “Mile High” MIKE ALVARADO. 

 

             Márquez (55-7-1, 40 KOs), of  México City, a  longtime Forum stalwart who never lost a fight at the legendary boxing  venue, and  Alvarado (34-2, 23 KOs), of Denver, CO., will collide in a 12-round World Boxing  Organization (WBO) welterweight title elimination bout on Saturday, May 17.  The Márquez-Alvarado  welterweight rumble will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing®, beginning at 10:15 p.m. ET/PT.  The winner will  challenge the victor of the upcoming WBO welterweight championship rematch  between Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley, Jr.  Márquez  and Alvarado boast a combined record of 89-9-1 (63 KOs) — a winning percentage  of 90% and a victory by knockout ratio of 71%.

             Promoted  by Top Rank® in association with Zanfer Promotions, Márquez Boxing and Tecate, tickets to  Márquez vs. Alvarado will go on sale Tuesday, April 1 at 3:00 p.m. ET / Noon  PT.  Priced at $400, $250, $150, $75  and $35, tickets can be purchased at the Forum box office, all Ticketmaster  outlets, Ticketmaster charge by phone (800-745-3000), and online at www.ticketmaster.com or www.fabulousforum.comAnd to celebrate boxing’s return to the  Forum, any $150 or $75 ticket, purchased at the box office or via Ticketmaster  on April 1, between Noon and 4:00 p.m. PT,   will include a complimentary companion ticket to the inaugural  brawl.  Limit six (6) tickets per  order.     

 

             “The  opportunity to go back and fight at the Forum where I developed as a  professional fighter was too great to pass up,” said Márquez.  “The Forum is very special to me. I  expect a tough fight against Mike Alvarado and one that the fans will truly  enjoy.  Alvarado is a big tough  fighter who gives it his all in ring.”

“When  Top Rank called and offered a fight with Márquez I started jumping around — I  was so excited because I have the opportunity to get into the ring and retire a  Mexican legend,” said Alvarado. “I am great under pressure and I am going to  fight like the ‘Old Mike’ and use my power and my will to beat Márquez.  I made a mistake of looking past Ruslan  Provodnikov. He jumped on me and got me in a bad situation.  He had such an awkward style.  The difference against Márquez will be  my power.  I am going to train super  hard for my biggest fight. I am very excited.  I am anxious too, to fight the winner of  Pacquiao and Bradley.  Bradley  interests me a lot.  Pacquiao has  made his mark in boxing. Bradley is undefeated.  This fight is my redemption to all of my  fans.  I know how important this  fight is. What a fight with such a reward – to fight the winner of Pacquiao vs  Bradley. This is an incredible opportunity. I will be fully prepared to fight  Márquez on May 17.”

             “Márquez  vs. Alvarado should be a battle from bell to bell. Both really need this fight  and that will make for an exciting encounter,” said Hall of Fame promoter Bob  Arum.

             “On May 17, World Championship Boxing delivers a must-see, high-stakes,  all-action event,” said Peter Nelson, director of programming, HBO Sports. “In a  welterweight showdown between two of boxing’s great warriors, Juan Manuel  Márquez and Mike Alvarado will rekindle a Forum tradition: fights between men  who defy physics, weighing so little while having hearts so big. It will be a  familiar atmosphere for Márquez as he’ll return home, both to the Forum for the  first time in 15 years and live on HBO for the first time in four. On May  17, we’ll see if Alvarado can upend Márquez’s homecoming to make it his own  house-warming. Don’t miss it.”

             Márquez, who is trained by Hall of Famer  Ignacio “Nacho” Beristáin, is undefeated at the Forum, winning all 12 bouts he  fought there, from 1995 through 1999, with nine of those victories coming by way  of knockout.  Márquez is one of only  a rare few fighters from México to have won world titles in four different  weight divisions.  He captured his  first world title — the vacant International Boxing Federation (IBF)  featherweight championship — with a seventh-round stoppage of three-time  featherweight champion Manuel Medina in 2003.  He unified that title that same year  with a decisive victory over World Boxing Association (WBA) featherweight  titlist Derrick Gainer.  Márquez  successfully defended the titles three times during his three-year reign, which  included unanimous decision victories over Victor Polo and Orlando Salido and a  Draw with Manny Pacquiao.  After  losing the crown to Chris John, and winning the interim featherweight crown,  both in 2006, Márquez moved up in weight to dethrone the legendary Marco Antonio  Barrera and claim his  World Boxing Council (WBC) super featherweight  championship belt in 2007.  After  successfully defending the title, by a unanimous decision over Ricky Juarez, he  lost the title in his 2008 rematch with Pacquiao by the slimmest of margins — a  one point split decision.  Since  that fight, Márquez has won seven of his last ten fights, including knockout  victories of Joel Casamayor, Juan Diaz, and Michael Katsidis — the latter two  in WBA/WBO lightweight championship fights.  In 2012, he won his fourth world title  in as many divisions, capturing the WBO interim junior welterweight title with a  dominant 12-round unanimous decision over Sergey Fedchenko.  He ended that year with his most  satisfying victory, a sixth-round knockout of professional nemesis Pacquiao,  which was voted the 2012 Fight of the Year and the 2012 Knockout of the  Year.  Last October 12, in his first  attempt at winning a record fifth world title in as many weight divisions,  Márquez came up short, losing a split decision to defending WBO welterweight  champion Bradley.

Alvarado  (34-2, 23 KOs) of Denver, had won 10 of his last 14 bouts by stoppage en route  to his rematch victory over Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios, on March 30, 2013, which not  only avenged Alvarado’s loss to Rios in 2012’s Fight of the Year, but also made  Alvarado a world champion.  Alvarado  had lost to Rios on October 13, 2012, via a seventh-round technical knockout in  one of the most action-packed fights of the millennium. Going into round seven,  two of the three judges’ scorecards had it 57-57. In the sequel, which was as  action-packed as the first fight, Alvarado made subtle adjustments to eke out a  narrow but unanimous decision and the WBO junior welterweight world title.  Notable Alvarado knockout victims have  included Breidis Prescott, Ray Narh, Emmanuel Clottey and Cesar Bazan.  In 2012 Alvarado fought in two Fights of the Year-nominated  fights.  On April 14, 2012, Alvarado  went toe-to-toe for 10 brutal and exciting rounds winning a unanimous decision  over Mauricio Herrera (18-1, 7 KOs).   Herrera entered that fight world-rated No. 7 and riding a two-year,  five-bout winning streak, highlighted by victories over future world champion  Ruslan Provodnikov (17-0) and Mike Dallas, Jr. (17-1-1).  That was followed by his first fight  with Rios in October.  Alvarado’s  world title reign ended in his first defense, last October 19, where he suffered  a12th-round TKO to Provodnikov in front of a sold-out crowd in his Denver  homecoming. .

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