July 24th can't come soon enough for Anthony Caputo.
That's when the Kennett Square resident, and 2004 Kennett High School graduate, will get into the ring for the second time to fight as a professional.
Caputo, 24, will do so at the Dover Downs Hotel and Casino on Friday, July 24 as part of a strong card that gets underway at 7:30 p.m. inside the Rollins Center. The main event is for the WBF USA Jr. Welterweight Title as Ryan Belasco of New Castle, Del., takes on Dean White. The card also features "Mighty" Mike Tiberi, who is 9-1 overall, and fights out of Smyrna, Del. Tickets range from $30 to $75 and can be purchased at the door or at doverdowns.com.
Caputo is 1-0 as a professional. In his pro debut, also at Dover Downs on April 24, he earned a four-round unanimous decision over John Myers.
Basically ever since he has been gearing up for his next opponent, Tony Dewey (0-2 overall) from Indiana, who he will square off against in a super middleweight bout next week.
"I'm excited for it. At this point I just want to get in there and fight," said Caputo. "I'm sick of training.
"After my first fight I blew up to like 195 pounds, which is my normal weight. Once you start training you have to cut a lot of stuff out, and you just get miserable. That's why when you go into a fight, you know how hard you've worked, so the last thing you want to do is lose."
Caputo was a member of Kennett High School's varsity basketball team in 2001-02 that captured the PIAA Class AAA state championship. He picked up fighting not soon after graduating from Kennett in 2004. In 2006, he won the Golden Gloves title at 178 pounds despite just one prior fight in his career.
Caputo went 9-5 as an amateur and is now undefeated as a pro at 1-0.
"My first pro fight was tough because I hadn't fought for 13 months before that," he said. "Plus I had bruised ribs and I had to lose 40 pounds for it. So it was a good, tough experience for me.
"It was the most people I've ever fought in front of too. You have to rise to the occasion because every fight is way more important now. And when you come from a small town like this you really don't get any respect. I'm going into it with a chip on my shoulder. That gives me extra motivation."
Caputo was trained for a while by Troy Stevenson, himself a pro fighter, at the Kennett Boxing Club in Anson B. Nixon Park. Caputo now trains under Benny Guerrero at the Elsmere Boxing Club, where he has been for about five months. Caputo trains four to five days a week at the club, in addition to running four to six miles every day.
"Running is the most important part for me," said Caputo. "Troy, even though I'm not with him anymore, when I used to train with him he really instilled in me how important that was."
Caputo is looking to go as far as he possibly can with his boxing career.
"Every fighter dreams of fighting for some type of world title one day," said Caputo. "If you aren't in it for that than I don't see what the point is. It's a very tough long road though. One shot can change your career, so you have to stay focused in there."