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Alvarado defeats Narh – looks good enough to beat Khan

Amir Khan Mike AlvaradoBy Scott Gilfoid: Unbeaten light welterweight contender Mike Alvarado (30-0, 22 KO’s) looked very impressive last Saturday night in stopping no. 6 ranked World Boxing Council (WBC) light welterweight contender Ray Narh (25-2, 21 KO’s) in the 3rd round on the undercard of the Manny Pacquiao vs. Shane Mosley bout at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. The fight was stopped after the 3rd round because Narh didn’t feel well enough to continue.

Alvarado, 30, showed incredible punching power in the win and even staggered the 32-year-old Narh in the 2nd round with a jab that was more like a power shot than a jab. But Alvarado’s power was out of this world, reminding me a lot of Marcos Maidana and Breidis Prescott. This guy can really punch. I can see Alvarado defeating WBA light welterweight champion Amir Khan if given the chance. I kind of doubt that Khan’s handlers would let a puncher like Alvarado get a chance at Khan, because he’s arguably more dangerous than Maidana because he’s got better hand speed than Maidana and a lot better jab. Alvarado would be big trouble for Khan.

As for the fight, Alvarado and Narh did very little in the opening round. They traded a few shots but mostly just studied each other. In the 2nd round, Alvarado staggered Narh with a huge jab that had him backing up. Alvarado took his time, stalking Narh and looking to set him up for a big right hand. Narh was able to land some nice shots of his own while Alvarado was coming forward but Alvarado wasn’t bothered in the least by the punches and didn’t slow down his forward progress. Alvarado then landed some really big right hands that had Narh looking uncomfortable.

In the 3rd, Alvarado continued to stalk Narh and looking to tag him with a big punch. Alvarado finally got the opportunity to land his right hand late in the round when he tagged Narh several times with powerful right hands that put Narh in full retreat. The round ended with Narh looking uncomfortable and stressed out. In between rounds, the fight was stopped due to Narh not feeling good. It’s a good thing they stopped it because Alvarado would have likely gotten to Narh in the next round or two and knocked him out cold.

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