It just wasn't my night, says Alvarado
MANILA, Philippines – Former World Boxing Organization (WBO) light welterweight champion Mike Alvarado insists he is not a quitter following his loss to Russian brawler Ruslan Provodnikov in Colorado last Saturday.
Alvarado sustained tremendous punishment and was down twice in the eighth round against the hard-hitting Provodnikov. He was unable to get out of his corner before the 11th round, leading the Russian to win by technical knockout.
Alvarado later explained to Boxing Scene that he felt he needed to stop for the sake of his well-being.
“It was not worth taking more punishment, because the damage could be permanent,” said Alvarado, who was also involved in two wars against Mexican-American Brandon Rios.
“It just wasn’t my night,” he admitted. “I have a lot of heart. I’m not a quitter.”
The referee, Tony Weeks, told RingTV that Alvarado was a “true warrior,” but that the fighter was “out on his feet” at the end of the 10th round.
“He was going to the wrong corner,” Weeks said. “I had to direct him to his own corner. I went to his corner and I asked Mike directly, twice, ‘Are you okay?’ and ‘Do you want to continue fighting?’ and both times, he said, ‘No.’ So I stopped the fight.”
Weeks stressed that after watching Alvarado battle Rios twice and Provodnikov, he doesn’t “want anyone to think that Alvarado ever quits.”
“He was just smart in really just not coming out,” said the referee. “Ruslan Provodnikov was really, really landing some hard bombs.”
“I just want everybody to know that Mike Alvarado is a true warrior, and that this was not a case of him just quitting,” he added. “That was a hard, hard, tough fight.”