Alonso staying busy, spars Algieri ahead of May 30 return

DiBella 18/05/2015

Ed Diller

Undefeated junior welterweight prospect Jonathan “Maravilla” Alonso (5-0, 4KO’s) is making the most out of his recent trip stateside. Alonso was in action on May 8, scoring a sensational second-round TKO over Jose Guzman in New York, on the DiBella Entertainment Broadway Boxing card at the Hilton Westchester.

Following his victory, Alonso jumped on a plane and headed south to sunny Florida where he is set to serve as the lead sparring partner for the final two weeks of camp for former junior welterweight champion Chris Algieri as Algieri prepares for his upcoming headlining bout on Friday, May 29th, against Amir “King” Khan live on PBC on Spike from Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY.

Alonso will be back in action the following night, as he squares off against Ken Alvarez (6-1-2, 3KO’s) in the toughest fight yet of his young career. The bout against Alvarez will take place on the New Legend Boxing-promoted card at Resorts Casino in Queens, NY.

“This is amazing. It is truly a great experience to be in the camp with Chris and see how a world champion trains. His intensity and conditioning is phenomenal. This will be a great learning experience for me, and will go a long way for me and my career. I am very grateful,” said Alonso following his first sparring session with Algieri last week.

Alonso continued, “I was very fortunate to come out of my fight on Friday unscathed, and I am looking forward to training with Chris and helping him prepare for his upcoming fight against Khan as I prepare for my own fight the following night. Khan is very fast and very explosive, and those are two of my best qualities.”

The Dominican-native Alonso moved to Spain when he was a teenager, and took up the sport of boxing at 16. A natural athlete, having excelled in baseball, basketball and cycling, Alonso picked up the sport very fast, and in 2012 represented Spain at the Olympics.

In 2014, the talented Alonso signed an exclusive co-promotional agreement with DiBella Entertainment (DBE) and DBE’s former middleweight kingpin Sergio Martinez’ Maravilla Box Promotions. Alonso made his pro debut in August of last year in NYC, before returning to Spain. The 24-year-old Alonso is already 3-0 in 2015, and will be looking to make it four in a row when he takes on the once-beaten Alvarez.