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ALFARO BOXES ON TELEFUTURA TONIGHT
By Jesse Kelley
Vicente Alfaro (5-1, 1 KO) attempts to pick up a big win tonight in a co-featured bout televised on Telefutura's Sólo Boxeo Tecate card in Fairfield, California. Alfaro faces undefeated Manuel "Tino" Avila (8-0, 2 KO's).
Although Alfaro has not fought since February of 2011, he believes he is fully prepared to upset the "Golden Boy" prospect.
"I haven't done much scouting on my opponent because I leave that up to my coach (Gordon Marino) but I plan on making it a rough fight and plan on getting the win" said Alfaro. Preparation has been very good. It's a long commute up here from Northfield but this is a big fight so it's time to get serious. And the guys I am working with here (COD) are high caliber.
Alfaro's trainer and manager Gordon Marino, a Professor
of Philosophy at Saint Olaf College says that Avila has a good jab and
right hand. He added that they don't see a lot of movement or power
with Avila but understand that he was a highly rated fighter as an amateur.
Alfaro plans on building off of the momentum he picked
up in his last bout against Gary Eyer last year in Duluth. Alfaro had
a little more in the tank then Eyer in what turned out to be a classic.
Eyer had agreed to meet Alfaro at bantamweight for the bout and the
two stood toe to toe for the duration of the grueling match which saw
Alfaro's hand raised in the end.
Alfaro and his team admit that it has been frustrating
being out of the ring for so long and that the lack of action was not
part of their plan. Marino and Alfaro say that a perfect scenario would
be to fight every 2-3 months. With local wins over Eyer, Jake Backus,
and Brad Patraw under his belt, Alfaro says a showdown with Antwan Robertson
tops his wish list.
For now, Alfaro is focussed on tonights fight on the big stage. And he says he plans on bringing a big win back to Minnesota.