By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank
Just days away from their showdown, four-division world champion Juan Manuel “Dinamita” Marquez (55-7-1, 40 KOs) and former WBO junior welterweight champion Mike “Mile High” Alvarado (34-2, 23 KOs) held separate workouts Wednesday afternoon at the Azteca Boxing Gym in Bell, California. Marquez-Alvarado marks the return of boxing to the Fabulous Forum in Inglewood, California as the two will square off this Saturday night live on HBO World Championship.
Marquez arrived with his longtime legendary trainer Nacho Beristan, accompanied by his team strength conditioning coach Angel Heredia. The former world champion greeted fans who were waiting to get a glimpse of the Mexican ring icon.
“It was a strong hard camp,” Marquez told Fightnews.com. “It was more quantity than quality. I feel happy. I did a great job in Mexico City. I don’t like talking outside the ring. I do my job in the ring. Saturday everyone will see a great boxer and fighter in the ring. Mike Alvarado likes to fight, I like to fight, it’s going to be a war.”
Alvarado held a disciplined camp in Los Angeles with trainer Shan Villhauer and manager Henry Delgado. Escaping the distractions of his hometown Denver.
“Camp was good,” Alvarado told us. “I excluded myself, got my peace and quiet, got away from everybody to bring the better Alvarado out for this fight. Overall I had a great camp. I am not sucking it up like I did in my last fight. This camp is lot more focused on what I need to train hard for. I was more about giving my time to people instead of my training. All my time should have been in the gym.”
Marquez vs. Alvarado will be a scheduled 12 round WBO welterweight title eliminator and the winner of the fight will mandatory challenger for WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao.
“I think the people will be fascinated,” Marquez stated. “They will see a good fight. The Forum has a great tradition of great fights. Saturday’s fight will be one of those fights. I come well prepared. I want to give the fans a fight. Here in LA the fans are loyal. I want to give them what they deserve, a great fight.”
Alvarado commented, “He has been around for ages. He isn’t as sharp as he used to be, he’s top heavy, he has already had his mark in the game. That’s my job to exploit his game. You are in for a great Mike Alvarado, a great fight, and a game fight for me!”
Postol, Aydin Workouts
Undefeated Ukrainian junior welterweight Viktor Postol (25-0, 10 KOs) and Selcuk Aydin (26-2, 19 KOs) also held separate workouts at Wednesday’s media workout as the two will meet this Saturday night in a WBC junior welterweight title elimination bout.
“Everything was good. This is the first time I trained in my country, in my city. I did my training camp at home. I have a new coach. We’ve trained together now for 15 months. He brings out the best in me, good conditioning,” Aydin told Fightnews.com. “He is ok, a good boxer but now I am ready for this fight. I don’t want to talk too much but I am ready. This is a WBC final elimination we are ready.”
Postal said, “Training camp went well. We’ll see what happens in the ring. For those that don’t know me, I work on keeping my distance and counterpunching. I try to use that distance. I know he’s a great fighter. It’s going to be one of the harder fights. He comes forward, fights dirty, aggressive, he’s strong. This is my final step towards a world title, it’s an eliminator, first time on HBO. It does add a little pressure but I am ready and I know I’ll be able to overcome all that. It’s time for me to showcase my skills. It’s time to become a world champion and show my skills in the ring.”
Postol vs. Aydin will be the co-feature on HBO.
Two-Time Mexican Olympian Oscar Valdez
Super featherweight two-time Mexican Olympian Oscar Valdez (10-0, 9 KOs) of Nogales, Sonora, Mexico will be featured on the undercard Saturday night as he will take on Noel Echevarria (11-2, 6 KOs). Valdez vs. Echevarria will be a scheduled eight round super featherweight bout.
“It’s a motivation to be fighting on a card such as Marquez-Alvarado. I didn’t know much about the Forum and people told me about it and the history it has. They got me excited about fighting here at the Forum,” Oscar Valdez told Fightnews.com. “I am in great shape right now. I will go out and show it Saturday. My opponent is a southpaw but I’m training real hard. I will go out there and give it my best it will be a good fight.”
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