"Camp is going well and I expect a good boxing performance. It's going to be a very entertaining fight for the people. I am going to get in there and do what I do and that's fight 'til the finish. I know it's going to be a great, thrilling, non-stop, action fight. And I can't wait...I am happy where I am right now and excited for this fight. I am ready for this fight. I am blessed that Top Rank and HBO and my team are all here to help me push through it. I am ready to reach that next level now. I have been training so hard for this fight. I have been away from my family to make this fight a great performance. I can't wait for October 13," stated former jr. welterweight contender Mike Alvarado, who talked about his highly-anticipated clash with lightweight champion Brandon Rios during a conference call to promote their October 13 showdown. Check out what else he and his team had to say!
CONFERENCE CALL TRANSCRIPT
BOB ARUM: It's really nice to do a boxing show where all you hear are accolades. Most of the time there are one or two guys complaining but this show is just tremendous. The media can't wait to see Alvarado against Rios. Even before the first punch has been thrown, people are touting it as the 'fight of the year.' I think it could end up as the fight of the year. Mike Alvarado is a tremendous fighter who always brings it to the ring. He's thrilled fans and now he gets this opportunity on HBO Boxing After Dark stage against Brandon Rios. [Saturday, October 13 at 10 p.m. ET/PT]
HENRY DELGADO: I expect an action-filled fight. They have the same styles. Neither one of them will be taking a step back. It's going to be non-stop.
MIKE ALVARADO: Camp is going well and I expect a good boxing performance. It's going to be a very entertaining fight for the people. I am going to get in there and do what I do and that's fight 'til the finish. I know it's going to be a great, thrilling, non-stop, action fight. And I can't wait.
You have moved camp out of Denver, which is a little unusual
MIKE ALVARADO: Just to get my mind clear of everything. I wanted no distractions at all. I wanted to get my training down to a 'T'. This is the biggest fight of my career coming up.
Are you happy you weren't in Denver for the debate?
MIKE ALVARADO: Yes, I am happy I was away from all the hoopla of the debate. I heard all about it from my friends. It was crazy.
Can you tell us what the trek has been like for you to get to this point?
MIKE ALVARADO: It's been a long, rocky road but I am happy where I am right now and excited for this fight. I am ready for this fight. I am blessed that Top Rank and HBO and my team are all here to help me push through it. I am ready to reach that next level now. I have been training so hard for this fight. I have been away from my family to make this fight a great performance. I can't wait for October 13.
How does it make you feel when people say how excited they are to see this fight?
MIKE ALVARADO: I don't really hear or pay attention to what the other people say. I just try to stick to my game plan. It will make me train harder because people are expected to see a high level fight. I am looking forward to it and I know I need t put on a good performance. I am going to do the best I can to win this fight, to put on a great show and be victorious on that night.
Do you feel you are a slugger and that your boxing is underrated?
MIKE ALVARADO: My boxing is definitely underrated. I am not just a slugger, I can also box 'til the end. I have learned a lot about myself in that ring. The fight (against Prescott) never took a toll on me. It was a good war with Prescott and has only made me that much stronger. I have the skills and I am ready to do this.
Will Rios history of trouble making weight affect your preparation?
MIKE ALVARADO: I am thinking in my mind that Brandon is training the best that he can. He hasn't made weight in his past couple fights but now he is moving up in weight and fighting somebody bigger and stronger. I am sure his nutrition is good and he is having a great camp. That makes me more humble and more focused to be ready.
You are 32 now, do you feel an urgency?
MIKE ALVARADO: I don't care about my age. I know I am at the level now. Right now, this is where I am meant to be. I feel young in the game and am ready to perform.
Do you feel rusty since you have fought only twice this year compared to 5 times the year before?
MIKE ALVARADO: No. I don't feel rusty at all. After my last fight we didn't want to do anything to risk this next fight. We were looking for something big after the last fight and we are blessed that we got this fight. It is only my second fight of the year but it is worth it. I will not be rusty I will be ready for it. Maybe it would have been nice to have another fight between then and now but it is what it is. I will just do what I do, put everything in to it and win.
How do you mentally get through it when it is such a tough fight?
MIKE ALVARADO: I have always been good in pressure situations. I love to win and put on a good show. It's something I've always been good at.
Do you do anything different to prepare for this fight, which may be your toughest fight yet?
MIKE ALVARADO: I know that this is going to be a tough fight and I know I am prepared for it and confident. I look forward to a good fight. I maintain my focus on my training. I stay strong.
HENRY DELGADO: I think Mike makes the fights tougher than they are. He is a gladiator. He is a warrior. And he has a lot of skills that we haven't even seen yet. For this fight, we have a different kind of game plan going. We are going to try and stick to our game plan but like I said, the warrior always comes out. He's going to be in position to dominate the whole fight. We have some surprises coming.
What makes you believe that Brandon is tailor-made for you?
MIKE ALVARADO: My boxing skills are underrated. I am going to keep him at bay. He is going to be right there in front of me so I can do anything I want with him. I can fight his fight. I can bang with him. I can do whatever I want with him. It will be my fight. I will control the pace.
Do you think you'll be able to push him around?
MIKE ALVARADO: I don't plan to. I'll try my best to do it but I don't know. I can see myself throwing him around being the stronger fighter, but then again I may not want to waste my time I may just want to keep him outside. We'll see. We have a lot of options.
You were an undefeated two-time high school wrestling State Champion. How has your background as a wrestler helped you in boxing i.e. making weight and training?
MIKE ALVARADO: It has helped me as far as my discipline, which I learned at a young age. As far as making weight, I have been on a scale since I was 5 years old to make weight. So the discipline in that area has always been there. Learned the ins-and-outs of it so it has always been there.
MIKE ALVARADO: Wrestling taught me how to push myself when the going got tough. I learned how to mentally and physically control all areas.
You traded the high altitude training of Denver for training in California. Do you miss it?
MIKE ALVARADO: Traditionally I would go home to the elevation before going back to the fight. Your blood cells get smaller when you go to the higher elevation. I never tested it. I always came from training in high elevation down to lower at the fight. I am fighting in it and training in it. My endurance is good right now. In my heart I know this fight is going to go toe-to-toe. I think it has its advantages, training at a high elevation, but at the end of the day, you still have to get in there and fight.
Have you ever sparred with Rios?
MIKE ALVARADO: No, I never sparred with him. I met him through a couple of professional events. My trainer knows who he was from the amateurs.
HENRY DELGADO: Don't miss this fight. It is going to be 'Must See TV.' Mike is going to bring the arsenal and Rios better be ready.
MIKE ALVARADO: I am ready for this fight and make sure everybody tunes in. I'm not going to put on a bad performance. Never have. It's going to be an explosive, entertaining fight.
The Super Powers of the junior featherweight and the junior welterweight divisions will go mano a mano, in a sensational night of championship boxing. Top-Five pound for pound fighter and four-division world champion NONITO "Filipino Flash" DONAIRE vs. WBC Diamond Belt super bantamweight champion TOSHIAKI NISHIOKA, and undefeated former world lightweight champion BRANDON "Bam Bam" RIOS vs. undefeated No. 1 junior welterweight contender "Mile High" MIKE ALVARADO.
Promoted by Top Rank®, in association with Teiken Promotions and Tecate, the Donaire vs. Nishioka / Rios vs. Alvarado championship doubleheader will take place Saturday, October 13 under the stars at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. Both fights will be televised Live on HBO®, beginning at 10 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast.)
These four gladiators boast a combined record of 131-5-4 (86 KOs) -- a winning percentage of 94% with 2/3 of those victories coming by way of knockout.
Remaining Tickets for The Home Depot Center's Donaire-Nishioka / Rios-Alvarado championship event, priced at $150 (sold out), $75 and $35, can be purchased online at AXS.com or by phone at 888-929-7849 as well as The Home Depot Center Box Office (open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.). Suites are available by calling 1-877-604-8777. For information of group discounts, please call 1-877-234-8425.
WBO/IBF junior featherweight champion Donaire (29-1, 18 KOs), a native of General Santos City, Philippines, now living in the Bay Area of San Leandro, Calif., enters this fight riding an 11-year, 28-bout winning streak.
Nishioka (39-4-3, 24 KOs), of Hyogo, Japan, boast an eight-year, 16-bout winning streak in his own right, including eight world title fights.
Rios (30-0-1, 21 KOs), the former WBA lightweight champion, from Oxnard, Calif., is on the hunt for his second world title in as many weight divisions. He enters this fight having won 10 of his previous 12 fights by knockout.
Alvarado (33-0, 23 KOs) of Denver, has won 10 of his last 13 bouts by stoppage en route to a career-high No. 1 world rating.
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