October 17, 2013 |
Nearly two years since Granada Hills Kennedy Principal Suzanne Blake put former baseball Coach Manny Alvarado on administrative leave in November 2011, and later tried to suspend him 15 days after an alleged hazing incident involving students outside the school weight room, an arbitrator has ruled in Alvarado's favor. "I feel after so many years, my word should be trusted," said Alvarado, who was Kennedy's baseball coach for 24 years until he was replaced before last season. "It's nice to have somebody say I was right.
August 2, 2013 |
A fight fan's fight is coming Oct. 19, with promoters announcing this week that junior-welterweight Mike Alvarado will meet Ruslan Provodnikov on Oct. 19 outside Denver in an HBO-televised bout. Alvarado (34-1, 23 knockouts) and Provodnikov (22-2, 15 KOs) have separately been involved in three of boxing's most enthralling events within the last calendar year, two of the slugfests taking place at the now-named Stub Hub Center in Carson. It was there, in October 2012, that Alvarado suffered his only loss -- by technical knockout in the seventh round of an all-action battle against Oxnard's Brandon Rios.
March 29, 2013 |
Brandon Rios says he learned all he needs to know about his opponent Mike Alvarado by battling him through seven vicious rounds in October. "I saw in his eyes after I hurt him with a body shot in the fifth round, I knew I would finish him and that he knew he couldn't hurt me," Rios said, who won their junior-welterweight bout by seventh-round technical knockout. It's why Oxnard's Rios (31-0-1, 23 knockouts) won't change anything about his approach in Saturday's rematch with Alvarado.
January 30, 2013 |
Brandon Rios and Mike Alvarado's epic brawl at Home Depot Center in October will have a sequel. Promoter Bob Arum said Wednesday that Rios and Alvarado have agreed to a junior-welterweight rematch March 30 at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. Rios (31-0-1, 23 knockouts) won the October bout by technical knockout in the seventh round after taking some of Alvarado's best punches in earlier rounds. The gripping battle was poised to be the 2012 fight of the year until Juan Manuel Marquez and Manny Pacquiao engaged in a classic, featuring an exchange of knockdowns before Marquez knocked out Pacquiao in devastating fashion at the end of the sixth round in December.
October 13, 2012 |
Brandon Rios and Mike Alvarado engaged in a fight-of-the-year slugfest at Home Depot Center on Saturday night, with Oxnard's Rios notching a seventh-round technical knockout that proves he retains wallop while moving up in weight. Nonito Donaire couldn't match the nonstop brawling of that bout, but he did take another step toward standing as the world's top super-bantamweight with a ninth-round technical knockout of Japan's Toshiaki Nishioka. Former lightweight champion Rios, in his junior-welterweight debut, unleashed a pair of hard overhand rights in the seventh, then pounded two lefts onto Alvarado's mug to force referee Pat Russell to stop the fight at the 1:57 mark.
October 12, 2012 |
Boxing promoter Bob Arum and superstar fighter Manny Pacquiao will keep a close eye on Saturday's scheduled fight between Brandon Rios and Mike Alvarado. Why? Pacquiao will more than likely fight the winner. "The public will go crazy for that fight," Arum told boxingscene.com. "Imagine Manny against either of these animals. ... Manny will have to become an 'animal' himself. Absolutely. These guys will make him an animal. " Before any of that can happen, though, Pacquiao will have to get past Juan Manuel Marquez on Dec. 8. Rios and Alvarado are to fight this Saturday at the Home Depot Center in Carson.