Former Cuban Olympian Robert Alfonso (1-0) makes his Acquinity Sports debut this Friday evening against heavyweight Robert Dunton (9-7-1, 6 KOs) in a four-round bout on a stacked card, presented by All Star Boxing in association with Acquinity Sports, at the Civic Center in Kissimmee, Florida.
The 6' 5", 250-pound Alfonso is now settled in Florida where he has been trained the past two months by head coach Germain Caicedo and his associate, "Irish" Micky Ward, in Miami.
"Training in the same gym with quality fighters like (Juan) Guzman, (Claudio) Marrero, (Juan Carlos) Payano, (Yudel) Johnson and (Umberto) Savigne means a lot to my career," the 26-year-old Alfonso said during a recent training break. "The training sessions are strenuous but that's the only way to achieve results and build a successful career. Caicedo, Ward and assistant trainer Claudio Lamont give us a methodical and well-planned session for each of us in the gym. When you feel that you can't continue training, that's when you have to really work, running one more mile, three more minutes jumping rope, and hitting the punching bag even longer in order to achieve our objectives.
"This Friday in Kissimmee for my second pro career fight, we're going to show all the hard work we did in training camp was the best preparation, and that's what Denton is going to find out when we step into the ring."
Alfonso captured a gold medal at the prestigious Pan-American Games in 2007.
"Robert Alfonso is a young man with a lot of discipline and extensive experience in international tournaments," Caicedo commented. "Representing Cuba as an amateur boxer gave him some advantages for this fight. It is important to build his record and gradually establish him as he becomes a more mature fighter. Professional boxing is different from his amateur experience, but not in many ways. Robert just has to make some adjustments and not lose focus.
Friday night's show will be broadcast on Telemundo. Alfonso's new Acquinity Sports stable-mates, pro-debuting featherweight Albert "Prince" Bell and two-time world champion Juan "Little Tyson" Guzman (33-1-1, 20 KOs), who takes on Vincente "El Loco" Mosquera (32-2-1, 17 KOs) in the 12-round main event for the vacant World Boxing Association (WBA) Interim Junior Welterweight title, will also be in action.
"Alfonso is a throw-back to Riddick Bowe," Acquinity Sports Vice President Henry Rivalta added. "He fights and even looks a lot like Bowe. We're confidence that if everything goes right, Alfonso will be world heavyweight champion someday. He has all the tools."