“The Aloha Kid” is looking to return to his hometown of Redwood City, California on December 7th as Bruno Escalante (10-1-1 5KOs) looks to collect a title in the process. Escalante, who has fought now three times in Redwood City this year, including an affair Escalante headlined in March that saw a sold out crowd, will now take his talents to The Sports House. He looks to gain a title on the regional level that could help him in his process of getting bigger fights.
Escalante, who is a native of the Cebu, Philippines, has proven to be quite the world travel. He found himself as one of Nonito Donaire’s main sparring partners and now, a few years later, Bruno Escalante seems poised to find himself at the forefront of the Bay Area’s boxing scene.
Escalante, who is impressing many by the manner in which he has improved over this year, after his lone loss to Matthew Villanueva (11-0-1 9KOs). The super flyweight, Escalante, rebounded from the June 2012 loss in Studio City by taking a fight on the Manuel “Tino” Avila vs. Ricky Lopez card back in December and put together a solid outing. Escalante then went on to fight Rigoberto Casillas in a fight he dominated. He had the fans on their feet as he fought a strategic fight yet he stood and traded for a good part of the fight as well.
In a two month span of June and July, Escalante put together two quick knockout wins over Christian Salgado and Manuel Galaviz. In the Salgado knockout, a second round stoppage, Escalante utilized a technique he referred to as “The Mayweather,” a deceptive jab that set up a straight to the body that finished Salgado. In July, Escalante proved to be just too much for Galaviz as he quickly got the best of him.
It’s the allure of Escalante, a small fighter at only 5’2” and fighting at the super flyweight limit of 115 lbs., he is able to knockout foes regularly. His 50% knockout ratio and his frantic pace are impressive. Escalante is rarely in a dull fight and two months ago found himself in a dog fight with Joseph Rios, partially because of Rios’ aggressive style and partially Escalante enjoys engaging in wars. Yet the one big take away from that fight was in the eighth and final round. The fight seemed close to most observing, Escalante made sure to win the final round showing that when he needs something to happen, he can do it.
It was all but the same watching Escalante in a twenty minute sparring session in preparation for Galvez fight in an open media workout as he fought with four interchangeable sparring partners with no breaks. I watched as sparring partner after sparring partner began to get frustrated as Escalante would land solid strikes and stay active in the ring. Even when on the ropes it appeared that Escalante was able to get off good strikes to make his sparring partners too weary to throw punches at him.
On December 7th after one year of solid work, Escalante will get his chance at a title, something he has stated is a goal he set at the start of his boxing career. Escalante will have his work cut out for him as this will be his first ten round fight, if the fight goes the distance. Also, there is more than just pride on the line. This will be Escalante’s moment to shine as he will be in his adopted in hometown and will be looking for something that could change his life and create a lot of momentum for him heading to 2014. The big question will be, will Escalante respond? For information about the December 7th fight card headlined by Bruno Escalante, please visit PacoPresentBoxing.com or Undisputed Boxing Gym at (650) 631-3781.