Provodnikov stops Alvarado to win WBO title
MANILA, Philippines – Russia’s Ruslan Provodnikov defeated Mike Alvarado via a 10th round technical knockout to annex the World Boxing Organization (WBO) light-welterweight championship Saturday in Denver (Sunday in Manila).
Provodnikov dropped Alvarado twice in the eighth round and continued to batter the Denver native in the ninth. Alvarado was nearly knocked out anew in the 10th round.
Alvarado, who came into the fight one pound over the light-welterweight limit, was not allowed by his corner to come out for the 11th round.
The victory gave Provodnikov his first-ever world championship.
Provodnikov was coming off a loss against unbeaten Timothy Bradley in his previous fight, which saw him nearly knock out the American several times before eventually losing a decision.
Meanwhile, Alvarado was coming off a decision victory against Brandon Rios.
Provodnikov hiked his record to 23 wins with two losses. It was his 16th knockout victory. Alvarado, meanwhile, lost for the second time in his last three fights. He now has a record of 34-2-0, with 23 stoppage wins.