Mike Alvarado and Breidis Prescott met on the undercard of the Manny Pacquiao vs. Juan Manuel Marquez pay-per-view broadcast. Prescott made his name with a knockout of Amir Khan in under a minute but hadn't found a ton of success afterward, which led to his being brought in to play opponent to the undefeated Alvarado.
Prescott looked to work a very stiff jab as the fight opened which allowed him to throw off the rhythm of Alvarado. Alvarado came out in the second round throwing jabs of his own to set up his right hand, which was somewhat effective but his defensive holes resulted in him still getting tagged at times by Prescott.
The action kept at a high pace through three rounds, and then in the fourth round Prescott really opened up, busting Alvarado up with uppercuts and hooking punches. Alvarado didn't go down but he was bleeding badly from his nose, the inside of his mouth and a bad cut over his left eye. Both men kept swinging through the end of the fourth round really opening up.
The two fighters continued their blood and guts battle as the fight wore on, fighting with big power shots in close. Prescott started to lose some snap on his punches around the sixth round, which allowed Alvarado to start clawing his way back into a fight after he seemed to have lost the first five rounds.
Heading into the final few rounds it seemed pretty clear that it was going to take something incredible from the remaining two bouts to top this for being the most exciting fight of the evening.
With Alvarado losing the fight six rounds to three on the SB Nation scorecard, the final round turned into a slugfest before Alvarado landed a series of uppercuts that buckled the legs of Prescott and sent him to the canvas for the first time in his career. Prescott got to his feet but Alvarado poured on the punishment and forced referee Jay Nady to step in and save him from any further punishment.
It was a great dramatic comeback knockout for Alvarado, who survived a dangerous fight that left him with a cut over his eye, a torn lip and busted nose. It was an incredible fight.
A tweet from Kevin Iole shows just how much Alvarado needed the KO: