Referee Tony Weeks with Mike Alvarado (Photo: Chris Farina – Top Rank)
By Chris Robinson
The action was once again brisk last night, as a pair of junior welterweights offered up one of the year’s most dramatic clashes.
Inside of the 1STBANK Center in Denver, Colo., as seen on HBO’s airwaves, Ruslan Provodnikov would capture the WBO belt with a bruising 10th round stoppage over a brave Mike Alvarado.
Provodnikov turned up the heat over the second half of the fight and seemed to have the fight all but locked up after scoring two knockdowns in the eighth round.
Alvarado absorbed some huge shots in the 10th and elected to stay on his stool in between rounds, granting Provodnikov with the stoppage win.
Speaking on the tense action that took place inside of the ring, referee Tony Weeks seemed as if he was still on a bit of a high himself shortly afterwards.