Heroic moment Nicaraguan boxer risks his life to save puppy from being swept away by Hurricane Julia’s raging flood waters
- Nicaraguan pugilist Félix Alvarado was filmed rescuing a dog who was nearly swept away by flood waters on Sunday
- The dog was spotted standing along the shore of a river as the current picked up strength in Managua after Hurricane Julia had made landfall
- The 33-year-old former IBF junior flyweight champion strapped a rope around his waist and picked up the dog before a man pulled them to higher ground
- Alvarado will be challenging Briton boxer Sunny Edwards for the IBF flyweight title in Sheffield, England, on November 11
A now-viral video captured the moment former boxing champion Félix Alvarado put his life on the line and saved a dog from being swept away by flood waters in Nicaragua.
Alvarado (37-2, 32 knockouts) came to the rescue of the pooch, who was struggling to walk up the shore of the river as Hurricane Julia drenched the capital city of Managua on Sunday.
The former IBF junior flyweight title holder was able to get to the edge of the waterway with the aid of a rope that another man was holding.
The 33-year-old pugilist is seen in the video calming the dog by rubbing its back and then picked it up to get to the top of the hill.
Former IBF junior flyweight champion Félix Alvarado (pictured during an August 14, 2021 bout in Frisco, Texas) rescued a dog from being swept down a river Sunday as Hurricane Julia pounded Nicaragua with heavy rain
A still image from the viral video that showed Nicaraguan box Félix Alvarado rescuing a dog who was trapped at the edge of a river in the capital city of Managua on Sunday
Alvaro patted the dog on its back to calm it down before he tied a rope around his waist and helped bring the pooch back to the surface
The river current’s force proved to be too difficult for Alvarado to climb to the top, causing him to place the dog on the ground.
Alvarado then tied the rope around his weight and grabbed the pup before they made it safely back to higher ground.
Hurricane Julia made landfall along Nicaragua’s Caribbean coast before dawn Sunday.
The Category 1 hurricane with winds that topped 85 mph before decreasing to a tropical storm force of 40 mph by Sunday night as it moved past the country.
The storm pounded El Salvador and Guatemala with torrential rains Monday.
At least 28 people were killed as a direct or indirect result of the storm.
Félix Alvarado (left) lands a left punch on DeeJay Kriel during their IBF junior flyweight championship bout on January 2, 2021 in Dallas. Alvarado won the fight by TKO and is set to challenge Briton pugilist Sunny Edwards for the IBF flyweight title in Sheffield, England, on November 11
Still image from the viral video that showed Nicaraguan box Félix Alvarado rescuing a dog who was trapped at the edge of a river in the capital city of Managua on Sunday
Alvarado’s heroic actions came as he is preparing to challenge Briton pugilist Sunny Edwards for the IBF flyweight title in Sheffield, England, on November 11.
The hard-hitting Nicaraguan has won his last 20 bouts.
He defeated South African boxer DeeJay Kriel by TKO on January 2, 2021 for the IBF junior flyweight title. He then made two successful title defenses before he vacated the belt to move up from 108 pounds to 112 pounds and face Edwards.