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.

"Avila is 7-0 but he's going to be 7-1 soon" exclaimed Marino. "Vicente has trained very hard and we expect to put on a great show."

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.

" We prepared hard for that fight" said Alfaro. We knew he was big, and knew he was a competitor. He is a tough fighter and strong puncher. It was a great fight."

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.

"I look forward to fighting back in Minnesota and would love to get that Robertson fight. The belt situation doesn't really bother me but if he believes he is the best in the state then I hope he backs up his words in the ring as opposed to just talking about a fight. I would love to get the Robertson fight."

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.