CAGUAS, P.R. – The ‘ring girls’, those girls parading beautifully in the ring, lifting the cards announcing the next round should be delighted with Alberto ‘ExplosivO’ Machado and Angel ‘Tito’ Acosta, who will headline on Saturday August 6. The two fights in a stellar program that Miguel Cotto Promotions and H2 Entertainment will present at the Cosme Beitia Coliseum in Cataño. This is because both fighters, inborn punchers, usually save them a lot of work.
Machado, the junior lightweight from Monte Hatillo in San Juan, Puerto Rico for example, is 14-0 with 12 knockouts and has defined his last five bouts in the first assault. “I know they are always bringing people to make me work,” said the 25 year old fighter, “but thank God I have a strong punch and can win fast by knockout.” “But I always train to fight the agreed distance, or even a little more,” he added. “In the gym I have been able to train for 14 rounds of sparring with no problems,” he continued. “The key to having stamina is how well we can rest after each workout.”
Machado, who has already been scheduled to fight eight rounds on five occasions, although none has lasted more than two-, explained that for his next preparation he has included long runs in Jájome in Cayey once a week. “This last Saturday I ran seven miles in 41.28 minutes and before that I ran the 10 miles in 1:12,” he recalled. “That’s almost a half marathon.” “But the long runs are important because now the 10-round fights are supposed to come” Machado said.
Running alongside him, the lovable with the ‘ring card girls’, Angel ‘Tito’ Acosta, flyweight from Barrio Obrero in San Juan, Puerto Rico which is also 25 years old and has won by knockout his 13 presentations. He does not trust blindly in his punching power. “Someday one will not be able to knock him out early and the bout will be extended,” he admitted, “so I always train to fight every round.” “A month before this fight, I sparred 10-rounds at the Cheo Aponte with two boys,” he recalled on a recent sparring session.
Like Machado, Tito has been subjecting himself on long runs every Saturday “The idea is to improve the time every week,” he said. On the previous Saturday, he ran seven miles in 44 minutes and acknowledged that Machado excels: “he was really fast,” said the fighter, who already appears in the top 15 by the WBA, IBF and WBO. “But last week I beat him when I made the 10-mile in 1:09.”
The program belongs to the series Boxeo al Maximo, presented by the company led by the five-time world champion Boricua in partnership with the companies H2 Entertainment and Roc Nation Sports. It will also be the second presented by the Hispanic network Mega TV, which will transmit it delayed on Saturday August 13. The poster, which will consist of 10 bouts, also contains super flyweight Jose ‘Chiquiro’ Martinez from Las Marias, 17-0 with 10 knockouts and also the Manatieño, super fly weight Carlos Narvaez (14-0 and six).