This past Saturday at the Cache Creek Casino super flyweight prospect Bruno Escalante (10-1-1, 5 KOs) marched forward in his career winning a majority decision against a game Joseph Rios (13-9-2, 4 KOs).
In the early rounds both fighters were feeling each other out. Rios was applying pressure as Escalante was countering with superior boxing skills. Both fighters had their moments in the middle rounds. Escalante, a southpaw, was getting into a rhythm landing lead lefts followed by sharp right hooks. Rios’ managed to cut off the ring, forcing Escalante to fight in the pocket. Rios landed a couple of hard stunning shots, but Escalante was in great condition and countered back with some hard blows of his own. As the fight entered the final round, Rios who was down on the cards, did his best to come back but was unsuccessful. Scorecards read 76-76, 78-74 and 78-75
"This was a very tough fight and I’m going to take this experience and learn from it," said Escalante. "These are the type of fights that take you to the next level. I want to thank my team for giving me great instructions in the ring. It was a team effort and I’m ready to see what’s next. I’m hoping to get right back in the ring."
"Bruno showed me he can handle a pressure fighter," Manager Herb Stone said. "Pressure fighters are very difficult to beat, but Bruno proved he can box his way to victory. I was very impressed with his stamina and conditioning. I’m looking to get him back in the ring soon."
The 8-round co-feature bout was promoted by Don Chargin Productions and Paco Presents in association with Jorge Marron Productions.