By Carlos Costa
In an exciting battle, IBF Light Flyweight World Champion Nicaraguan Felix Alvarado scored a well-deserved 12-round unanimous
The hard-punching Alvarado (35-2, 30 KO’s) dominated the majority of fighting chapters, even having the 25-year-old Konishi through perilous moments, not that far from being stopped, though in a couple of instances the bell saved the lucky Nippon warrior, who displayed strength, heart, and endurance throughout the rough world title encounter.
Konishi’s tactic of clinching and holding might have saved him
“I won, but it was tough. My opponent Konishi was really strong,” said Alvarado to boxing reporter Bayron Saavedra of Boxeo de Nicaragua.
“He (Konishi) badly wanted my belt. I threw at him as hard as I
“My path to victory was my superior boxing technique and my
For his title defense against Konishi, the disciplined Alvarado trained in his native Nicaragua by his experienced award-winning head coach Luis Ernesto Cortez, 71, a veteran man of boxing who used to work in the corner of Nicaraguan legendary champion Alexis Argüello.
Final scorecards were 118-110, 116-112 and 117-111 all in favor of Felix Alvarado, 30, who after his win, express to Boxeo de Nicaragua his interest in staying in the weight class to unifying against any of his fellow Light Flyweight world champs.
The author Carlos Costa is a Panama boxing reporter living in the Philippines. Carlos can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and by whatsapp/viber/wechat: +639184538152.