DENVER (October 18, 2013) -- Denver's very own homegrown world champion "Mile High" MIKE ALVARADO and No. 1 contender the "Siberian Rocky"RUSLAN PROVODNIKOV of Russia -- both coming off nationally-televised Fight of the Year performances -- will face each other for the last time outside the ring at the Official Weigh-In for their world championship rumble, Today! Friday, October 18, at Diego's Mexican Food & Cantina on the 16th Street Mall (1600 Champa St., Denver, Colo. 80202.) Media can report at 2:00 p.m. The fighters will step on the scaleat 3:00 p.m. MT. The weigh-in, open to the public, will be streamed live via www.toprank.tv.
Alvarado (34-1, 23 KOs) will make the first defense of his World Boxing Organization (WBO) junior welterweight title a "home game," when he battles Provodnikov (22-2, 15 KOs), Tomorrow! Saturday, October 19, at 1STBANK Center in Broomfield, Colo. This marks the area's first world championship fight featuring a local fighter since September 15, 2000 when former World Boxing Council (WBC) lightweight champion Stevie Johnston unsuccessfully challenged defending WBC lightweight champion Jose Luis Castillo, via majority draw, at Pepsi Center. Alvarado vs. Provodnikov will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing®, beginning at 9:45 p.m. ET/PT. It will be the first time HBO has ever televised a fight live from Colorado.
Promoted by Top Rank® and Banner Promotions, in association with Tecate, Alvarado and Provodnikov enter this world title tilt fresh from Fight of the Year performances that took place in March, just two weeks apart from each other, and were televised on HBO. They boast a combined record of 56-3 (38 KOs) -- a winning percentage of 95% and a victory by knockout ratio of 68%.
The HBO telecast will open with a replay of last week's WBO welterweight championship fight between undefeated defending champion Timothy Bradley vs. four-division world champion Juan Manuel Marquez. Following the live fight, HBO will present thedebut ofLegendary Nights: The Tale of Gatti-Ward.