Advertisement
Advertisement

Antonio Escalante Crushes Edel Ruiz in El Paso, Texas

By Jake Donovan

It was three months longer than he would’ve preferred, but featherweight contender Antonio Escalante was able to give his hometown faithful yet another thrill, returning to the ring to blast out Edel Ruiz in three rounds on Friday night at the Don Haskins Center in El Paso, Texas.

Escalante weighed in at a near-career heavy (though in-shape) 127 lb, one pound heavier than Ruiz, who tipped the scales at the featherweight limit of 126 lb. for their Telefutura-televised main event bout.

The fight was a long time coming for Escalante, or so it seemed. The El Paso native was forced to endure a five-plus month layoff after injuries thwarted a planned May return to the ring following his Fight Of the Year candidate with longtime rival Miguel Roman in this very same arena.

In Ruiz, Escalante was never threatened to be taken to hell and back, instead presented with the type of opponent against whom he could win and look damn good doing so.

Mission accomplished all around, though Escalante wasn’t without a brief scare or two. Ruiz never carried it like a fighter intent on playing dead. Quite the contrary, as the veteran journeyman came in having won four straight, his longest win streak in well over a decade.

It was hardly a secret that it would come to an end against Escalante, just a matter of how soon or late. Escalante opted for the former, going to work right away, targeting the body early and often, and fighting as well in reverse as he did when initiating the action in the opening round.

Escalante remained in control in the second round, scoring repeatedly upstairs and easily getting past Ruiz’ half-hearted jab. Ruiz remained brave, staying in the pocket for as long as he could bear it, firing back with body shots but unable to phase the house fighter.

After laying the foundation in the first couple of rounds, Escalante went to work in the third. Left hooks and looping right hands kept Ruiz at bay for the aborted round, before a left hook to the body would cause the Mexican to crumble to the canvas in a corner.

The referee administered the mandatory count and gave Ruiz every chance to prove he was fit to continue before deciding that the journeyman had taken enough punishment, waving off the bout without Escalante throwing another punch.

The official time was 1:52 of the third round.

Escalante improves to 24-2 (15KO), scoring his tenth straight win in the process. The bout was his fourth in a row at the Don Haskins Center, where he has become a bona fide draw, fighting in front of capacity crowds every time out.

Ruiz falls to 34-23-4 (25KO) with the loss, his first in more than 18 months. Having long ago slipped into journeyman status, the Mexican featherweight won four straight prior to Friday, including an upset win earlier this year over faded former titlist Clarence “Bones” Adams.

While Ruiz’ best days are well behind him, Escalante continues to enjoy a rebirth in his career. A title shot remains the ultimate goal, though it’s entirely possible that yet another Fight-Of-The-Year level performance comes first, as whispers has the Texan standing in line for the winner of next month’s featherweight showdown between Roman and former super bantamweight titlist Daniel Ponce de Leon.

In other televised action, local super bantamweight Alex Becerra (20-8, 9KO) won a six-round decision over Francisco Dominguez (7-6-2, 1KO). Scores were 60-54 across the board.

There were no knockdowns in a bout that was ugly throughout and required frequent intervention from referee Sam Garza for excessive holding.

In the end, it was enough for Becerra to land in the win column for the first time in nearly four years after having been matched extremely tough amidst a four-fight losing streak.

The evening’s final televised swing bout saw junior welterweight novice Cesar Valenzuela (4-0, 0) remain unbeaten with a four-round majority decision over Roni Alvarado (3-3, 1KO). Scores were 40-36 and 39-37 for Valenzuela, and 38-38.

The show was presented by Golden Boy Promotions.

Jake Donovan is the Managing Editor of Boxingscene.com and an award-winning member of the Boxing Writers Association of America. Contact Jake at [email protected]

Tags:
User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by lopez36 on 08-07-2010

it seems like edel and his twin brother are just used now as stepping stones,,,,

Comment by onechance87 on 08-07-2010

WARRRRRRR TONY:boxing:

Post a Comment/View More User Comments (2)
Top Headlines WBC Eyes Tourney, With WBA/IBF, To Set Golovkin's Opponent Lara: I Want Golovkin Next, He Would Solidify My Legacy! WBC Prez Wants Canelo Hate To Stop, Plans To Give High Ranking Video: Martin Murray Confident of Taking Down George Groves Video: George Groves on DeGale vs. Jack, Haye, Facing Murray Dorticos Already Back In Gym After FOTY Win Over Kalenga Lara-Martirosyan II Leads Second-Most Watched '16 SHO Telecast Video: George Groves, Martin Murray Go Face To Face Ricky Burns Focused on History, Becoming 3 Weight Champ Jorge Linares Inks New Pact With Golden Boy Video: Martin Murray Gives Take on Canelo-Golovkin Rift George Groves: I'm Looking To Take Martin Murray Out! Video: Dillian Whyte on PEDs in Boxing, Joshua-Breazeale, More Dillian Whyte Wants Two Tuneups, Then More Experienced Foes Rances Barthelemy, Mickey Bey Discuss Training Camp, More Eubank Offers To Give British Title To Blackwell, Hennessy Reacts Enzo Maccarinelli Vows To Beat Dmytro Kucher in Style Khurtsidze's Coach: We're Ready To Face Golovkin in September Ruenroeng, Casimero Make Weight Following Photo-Op Confusion Francisco Vargas Nears Testing Record For Combat Sports in Cali Lara To Golovkin: I've Called You Out a Few Times, Let's Fight! George Groves vs Martin Murray Now WBA Title Eliminator Well-preserved veteran Nick Casal eager to end five-year hiatus Parker's Coach Confident His Boxer Will Succeed Where Tua Failed Harmonito Dela Torre Ready To Impress in His U.S. Debut Washington is Helping Breazeale, Warns That Joshua is in Tough Photos: Mike Tyson Hits China For Ruenroeng-Casimero II Paul Butler: We're On The Brink of World Title Shot, This is Massive Stephen Smith: I Belong at World Level, I Want Another Title Shot Golovkin's Coach Expects Amir Khan To Rebound Very Well Hearn: Haye Not on Anthony Joshua's Radar For Next Three Fights Canelo, Golden Boy Dig in For Lengthy Court Battle With All-Star Roach: I'm Excited, I Truly Feel Postol Will Beat Terence Crawford Jacobs' Trainer Says They'll Be Ready For Golovkin in Due Time Joseph Parker on Elbow Issue, Solomon Haumono Bout, More UFC Prez: Not a Single Convo on Mayweather-McGregor Firat Arslan Returns To The Ring on June 4 in Kassel Gabe Rosado To Face Antonio Gutierrez on June 4 at StubHub Abril-Belmontes, Foreman-Davis Doubleheader on June 3 Golovkin's Promoter Hits Back at Mayweather's Trash Talk
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement