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RUSLAN PROVODNIKOV PULLS OFF THE UPSET; STOPS MIKE ALVARADO IN THE 10TH ROUND

By Ben Thompson | October 19, 2013
RUSLAN PROVODNIKOV PULLS OFF THE UPSET; STOPS MIKE ALVARADO IN THE 10TH ROUND

Moments ago, at the 1STBANK Center in Denver, Colora, former WBO jr. welterweight champion Mike Alvarado was upset in front of his hometown fans by the hard-hitting Ruslan Provodnikov, who scored a 10th round TKO after a war of attrition. Alvarado appeared to have the right game plan, he simply couldn't keep Provodnikov off of him. The Russian slugger broke Alvarado down with vicious body shots that dropped him twice in the 8th round.  Although Alvarado was game and fought back valiantly, he was never able to fully recover as the punishment from Provodnikov took its toll, forcing his corner and the referee to call a halt to the action. Relive all the action in FightHype's round-by-round results.

ROUND 1
Provodnikov [Provo] comes out stalking. Alvarado backpedals looking to establish a jab. Provo digs to the body, not giving Alvarado any room to work. Right hand lands for Provodnikov. Another. And another looping right hand lands for Provo. Alvarado lands a jab and a right. Nice right lands upstairs for Alvarado. Uppercut and a right from Alvarado gets Provodnikov smiling. Another nice uppercut lands for Alvarado. Both men smile at each other again. Alvarado getting his jab going now. Provodnikov lands a left to the body. They trade shots at the bell. Round to Alvarado.

Alvarado 10 Provodnikov 9

ROUND 2
Right followed by an uppercut lands for Alvarado. Provo trying to cut off the ring, but Alvarado doing a good job of circling. They trade jabs. Uppercut lands for Alvarado. Jab lands for Alvarado. Nice right lands for Alvarado. Provo digs a right to the body. Right and a left lands for Alvarado. Another right lands for Alvarado. Uppercut from Alvarado snaps the head back of Provo. Left hook gets in for Provo. Nice right from Alvarado wobbles Provo a bit. Quick 1-2 lands for Alvarado right at the bell. Round to Alvarado.

Alvarado 20 Provodnikov 18

ROUND 3
Provo comes out and lands a right. Alvarado slips a few shots. Provo works the body on the inside. They trade on the inside. HARD uppercut to the body lands for Alvarado. Nice right hook lands for Alvarado. They trade left hooks. Provo presses forward and lands a 1-2. Right followed by a left uppercut lands for Alvarado. They trade some more shots on the inside. Close round, but I give it to Alvarado.

Alvarado 30 Provodnikov 27

ROUND 4
Alvarado comes out energized looking to land a few uppercuts. Now Alvarado circles on the outside again. Nice left hand followed by a right lands for Alvarado. Another right hand lands for Alvarado. Provo digs to the body. They trade shots on the inside. Good left hand lands upstiars for Provo. Another left hook lands for Provo. And another. Overhand right lands for Provo. Alvarado lands an uppercut. 1-2 lands for Alvarado. Provo answers with a right. Nice right lands for Provo. Alvarado answers with one of his own. Again they trade at the bell. Round to Provodnikov.

Alvarado 39 Provodnikov 37

ROUND 5
Uppercut lands for Alvarado. Provo presses forward. Nice right to the body lands for Provo. Alvarado answers with one upstairs. Provo digs to the body. Left hook lands for Provo. Alvarado eats it. They trade on the inside. Alvarado circles and jabs. Quick 4-punch combo from Alvarado gets Provo's attention. Provo lands a right. Alvarado digs a left to the body. Another close round, but I give it to Provodnikov again.

Alvarado 48 Provodnikov 47

ROUND 6
1-2 lands for Alvarado. Provodnikov eats it. Both guys trading on the inside. Provo lands a couple of nice left hooks. Again. Alvarado lands a couple of rights. Another nice right lands for Alvarado. They trade on the inside again. Left hook lands for Provo. Alvarado lands a right. Tit for tat in this round, but this time I give it to Alvarado for being a little more active.

Alvarado 58 Provodnikov 56

ROUND 7
Alvarado circles on the outside and leaps in with an uppercut. Quick combo lands for Alvarado. Provo just walking forward and digs a right to the body. Good right hand lands for Alvarado. Left hook lands for Alvarado. They trade in close quarters. Provo has a cut over his right eye now. Nice body shots and a left hook upstairs lands for Alvarado. Nice right and a left ladns for Provo. Another nice left hook lands for Provo and Alvarado's eye starting to swell a bit. HARD right hand lands for Provo followed by a 1-2. Round to Provodnikov.

Alvarado 67 Provodnikov 66

ROUND 8
Short left uppercut lands for Alvarado. Provo digs a right to the body. Right and a left from Provo has Alvardo on shaky legs momentarily. Nice 1-2 lands for Provo and Alvarado looks hurt. Provo unloads on Alvarado against the ropes and Alvarado is down. He takes the count on a knee and barely beats it. Provo lands another left hook. HARD right to the body lands for Provo and Alvardo freezes. Another 1-2 from Provo puts Alvarado down to the canvas. He takes the count and gets up. Left hook lands for Provo again. Alvarado fires back. Hard 1-2 lands for Provo again. Alvaraod lands a left counter. Both guys trading bombs right now. Another right lands for Alvarado. They trade at the bell. Wow. What a round.

Alvarado 74 Provodnikov 76

ROUND 9
Both men trade shots on the inside. 1-2 lands for Alvarado. Provo digs another right to the body and Alvarado holds on. Alvarado circles on the outside. Provo walks him down. Another right and a left lands for Provo. Provo digs a right to the body. Alvarado holds on. Jab lands for Alvarado. Left hook gets in upstairs for Provo. Stiff jab lands for Provo. Alvarado on the retreat. Right hand lands for Provo. HARD right hand lands for Alvarado. Provo misses with a big, wild swing. He smiles. Left hook lands for Provo again. They trade rights. Provo doubles up with his jab. Round to Provodnikov.

Alvarado 83 Provodnikov 86

ROUND 10
Alvarado lands a jab. Provo just eats it. Alvarado really on his wheels right now. HARD right to the body lands for Provo. Another right to the body gets in for Provo. Alvarado lands a right. Another. Provo walking him down. Another HARD right to the body followed by a right upstairs for Provo has Alvarado rocked again. Provo jumps on him and unloads against the ropes. Alvarado jsut covers up. Provo backs off of him and Alvarado fires back. BIG right hand from Provo has Alvarado on shaky legs again. He holds on. Round to Provo.

Alvarado 92 Provodnikov 96

Alvarado's corner telling him he's done and they need to stop it. Referee Tony Weeks checks in the corner of Alvarado. That's it. The referee calls a halt to the fight. It's over.

THE WINNER BY WAY OF TKO IN ROUND 10...RUSLAN PROVODNIKOV



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