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Five keys for Mike Alvarado

Plotting a path to victory in Saturday's title bout against Ruslan Provodnikov

Originally Published: October 17, 2013
By Bernardo Pilatti | ESPNDeportes.com

Fighting in front of his local fans Saturday night, Mike Alvarado is facing one of the biggest challenges of his career, maybe even more difficult than his two legendary battles with Brandon Rios.

Alvarado (34-1, 23 KOs), a native of Denver, will be defending his junior welterweight title for the first time against Russia's Ruslan Provodnikov at the 1stBank Center in Broomfield, Colo.

After recording a victory in his March rematch against Rios, a battle that is a candidate ...

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