Alvarado nabbed for gun charges ahead of Rios rubber match
Milan Ordoņez on Jan 06, 2015 03:05 PM
Photo credit: Mike Alvarado Official Facebook page
MANILA – Mike Alvarado’s run in with the law could not come at a worse time.
The former light welterweight champion (34-3, with 23 wins by knockout) was arrested for possession of a firearm as a convicted felon on Saturday in his hometown of Denver, Colorado.
According to reports, Alvarado was pulled over by police officers at around 4:15 am for having an expired registration on his Hummer. Upon the search of his vehicle, it was then when the handgun was found inside the glove box, leading to the arrest. He was released soon after when posted a $41,500 bond.
The arrest, however, is not expected to affect his scheduled rubber match against old rival Brandon Rios (32-1-1 with 23 wins by knockout) on January 24th at the 1stBank Center in Bloomfield, Colorado.
This is not the first time “Mile High” experienced legal troubles. Police records reveal that the 34-year old boxer was involved in various traffic offenses, as well was domestic violence charges, leading to an 18-month prison sentence in 2009. He was released later that year.
Top Rank Vice President Carl Moretti expressed his disappointed regarding the recent turn of events, but promised that the fight against Rios will be going as planned.
"We don't condone what happened in any way and we respect the authorities,” Moretti said in an interview with ESPN.com. “That said, we don't anticipate a problem with the show and it is still scheduled to go ahead on Jan. 24. After that, Mike will have to deal with the legal issues.”
"[This kind of publicity] doesn't help the event,” he added. “This isn't the kind of publicity we want, but I don't think it will affect Mike's performance."
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