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Juan Manuel Marquez on Mike Alvarado: ‘This will be a war’

Juan Manuel Marquez has predicted "a war" when he faces Mike Alvarado in Saturday's 144-pound bout at The Forum in Inglewood, Calif., on HBO, even as Alvarado has said that he "can't be giving in" to the counter-punching plans of Marquez "when he's going to war and wanting to trade punches" in their WBO welterweight eliminator bout.

"Neither one of them has ever been in a boring fight," said Alvarado's manager, Henry Delgado during Thursday's final press conference for Marquez-Alvarado. "There is going to be nothing but fireworks. I see strategy going out the window. I see two guys just getting down to business."

A former 140-pound beltholder who makes his 147-pound debut against the 40-year-old Marquez (55-7-1, 40 KOs), the 33-year-old Alvarado, like Marquez, is coming off of a loss.

Marquez was beaten in his last fight in October by split decision to then-WBO beltholder Tim Bradley, quelling the momentum built by Marquez's sixth-round stoppage of Manny Pacquiao in December 2012.

Alvarado (34-2, 23 KOs) is attempting to rebound after having been floored twice in the eighth round of a 10th-round stoppage loss to WBO 140-pound titleholder Ruslan Provodnkiov in October of 2012.

"These are two guys who are going to leave it all in the ring. Two guys who are coming to get a victory," said Top Rank Promotions CEO Bob Arum, during Thursday's final press conference at The Forum.

"Two guys who each lost their previous fights and now, this fight is for redemption. The winner of this fight goes on to a lot bigger things and a lot better things and the loser still has had a great career but he will still be burdened by the loss."

The winner of Marquez-Alvarado has been mandated to face Pacquiao, who regained the belt he lost by split decision to Bradley in June 2012 with last month's unanimous decision.

"A lot of people know me and that I don't like talking outside of the ring. I do my job in the ring, so I have three points in my mind for this fight," said Marquez. "Number one, Mike Alvarado is a strong fighter, a great fighter and I have a tough fight. Number two, I have prepared myself very hard for this fight because this fight's going to be a war. Number three, the people will see a great, great fight because Mike Alvarado wants to win the fight; I want to win the fight and this fight will be a war."

Alvarado is 1-2 over the course of his past three fights, having beeb stopped in the seventh round by Brandon Rios in October 2012 before winning their rematch for the WBO's vacant 140-pound belt by unanimous decision in March of last year. Provodnikov took Alvarado's WBO title almost seven months later.

"I'm just really excited for this opportunity that is at hand, so I trained hard and I'm ready for this fight. I did a lot of soul-searching for this fight and it's going to be a great fight," said Alvarado.

"I thank Juan Manuel Marquez for giving me this opportunity to prove myself and to show that I belong on this stage and this level of fighting…I'm just excited and ready to showcase that I belong on this level."

 

SELCUK AYDIN-VIKTOR POSTOL

On the Marquez-Alvarado undercard, Turkish junior welterweight Selcuk Aydin (26-2, 19 KOs) will pursue his fourth straight win in a clash against Ukrainian Viktor Postol (25-0, 10 KOs) and an eliminator for the right to face RING/WBA/WBC 140-pound champion Danny Garcia.

Arum offered his condolences to Aydin in the wake of the recent mining disaster in the town of Soma, Turkey.

"To Selcuk Aydin, for the tragedy that happened in Turkey, about the mine explosion that killed more than 200 people, that's a terrible tragedy," said Arum. "We really want the Turkish people to know how much we here in America really feel for them."

Coming off September's fourth-round stoppage win over former titleholder DeMarcus Corley, Aydin lost consecutive bouts to Robert Guerrero by unanimous decision in July 2012 and Jesus Soto Karass by majority decision in January 2013.

Postol was last in action for a unanimous decision over Behzod Nabiev in December, and is coming from the politically troubled Kiev, Ukraine.

"From Kiev, Ukraine, which is a region that has been very, very troubled as you know, recently, comes a terrific, terrific fighter," said Arum of Postol, who is managed by Vadim Kornilov. "He is really terrific and we've seen a lot of film on him. You will see him on Saturday."

Kornilov called Aydin-Postol "a clash of styles between a technical fighter in Postol and an aggressive fighter in Aydin."

"We took this fight very seriously and Viktor has been training pretty much under the same regimen as other fighters like Ruslan Provodnikov," said Kornilov.

"He's been with Freddie Roach…and I think that's going to be very significant and that it will make a big difference. Viktor has sparred with fighters like Ruslan and some others and he should be at a difficult level."

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