In a scheduled 10-round junior welterweight bout, unbeaten 31-year-old “Mile High” Mike Alvarado (32-0, 23 KOs), of Denver, dropped his rival with a vicious left-right-left uppercut series, and then landed a similar series of blows after that which forced referee Jay Nady to wave an end to his knockout of Breidis Prescott (24-4, 19 KOs), of Colombia.
Alvarado required a knockout to win, since he trailed 87-84 on the cards of Patricia Morse Jarman and Lisa Giampa, and, 86-85, on that of Jerry Roth. Alvarado closed by landing 27 of 38 power shots thrown in the 10th.
The end came at 1 minute, 53 seconds of the 10th, as Alvarado scored his 10th stoppage over his past 12 bouts against the 28-year-old Prescott, who is best known for a 54-second knockout over RING No. 1-rated junior welterweight and current WBA/IBF beltholder Amir Khan (26-1, 18 KOs) in September of 2008.
Prescott was stopped for the first time in his career by Alvarado, who survived a treacherous fourth round during which a nasty, right uppercut from Prescott opened a cut over his left eye which bled throughout the fight.
In the initial televised clash of junior lightweights, 23-year-old Juan Carlos Burgos (28-1, 19 KOs) of Mexico scored a 10-round majority decision over 26-year-old Luis Cruz (19-1, 15 KOs), of Puerto Rico.
Burgos earned his third straight win since losing by unanimous decision to Japan’s Hozumi Hasegawa in a failed bid to earn the WBC’s vacant featherweight belt in November.
A successful run ended for Cruz, who was after his seventh knockout in his previous eight fights and his second consecutive stoppage victory.