Advertisement
Advertisement

Rocky Juarez Stops Antonio Escalante in Eight Rounds

By Jake Donovan

Rocky Juarez capped a Saturday loaded with upsets by scoring his biggest win in years with a shocking eighth round stoppage of Antonio Escalante at the Freeman Coliseum in San Antonio, Texas. 

The Telefutura-televised main event was unofficially billed as a loser-leaves-town match. Escalante was still barely afloat but also badly in need of a big win. The El Paso had won four straight following back-to-back losses to Daniel Ponce de Leon and Alejandro Perez, though nothing that suggested he was still in the mix as a viable contender.

The outcome of Saturday's contest could prove to be the final nail in the coffin, while Juarez momentarily brings his own career back from the dead. 

Both fighters let the leather fly early on, but it was Juarez who provided the heavy artillery. The first sign of something memorable occurring was in round three, when Escalante found himself on the seat of his pants after leaving himself wide open in the midst of an exchange. 

The Mexican slugger attempted to brawl his way back into the fight, but the effort wasn't convincing enough to discourage the suddenly reborn Juarez. 

An action-filled eighth round saw Escalante once again on the canvas after getting caught with a combination along the ropes. A mandatory eight-count was issued but was stopped - along with the fight - as the referee correctly deemed Escalante unift to continue.

The official time was 1:29 of round eight.

Juarez emphatically slams the brakes on a seven-fight winless streak, as the 32-year old advances to 29-10-1 (21KO). The 2000 U.S. Olympic boxer has forever been deemed an underachiever - or at the very least, a major letdown. On this particular evening, his flailing career avoids the embarrassment of coming to a humbling close.

On the flip side of that equation, some serious decisions have to be made in Escalante's camp. A career filled with in-ring wars and vicious knockout losses leaves him looking much older than his 27 years of age. The loss snaps a four-fight win streak as he falls to 28-5 (19KO).

The televised opener saw unbeaten featherweight newcomer Julian Ramirez stop Steve Gutierrez (4-2-1, 2KO) in the fifth round of their scheduled six-round supporting bout. Ramirez (5-0, 4KO) was in control every step of the way before forcing the stoppage at 0:16 of round five.

Jake Donovan is the Managing Editor of Boxingscene.com. Follow Jake on Twitter: @JakeNDaBox
User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by nycsmooth on 10-28-2012

good win but Rocky's taking SO much pnishment...I'm sure Dickie Cole & his crooks won't so some1 needs 2 make him stop...4 a while after the KO he was looking disoriented, even in the interview with the spanish girl///

Comment by TX_BOXNG on 10-28-2012

Damn I wanted to go to this, I'm a fan of both hopefully Rocky lands another good payday, I will never forget when he beat Barrios at Toyota center it was amazing when the entire crowd was yelling Rocky!! Rocky!!…

Comment by Chief2ndzOnly! on 10-28-2012

[QUOTE=P€RF€CT/CR€A§€;12645624]A good win but definitely not a reason to continue IMO.[/QUOTE] [QUOTE=PRBOXINGCOTTO;12645687]He needs to retire[/QUOTE] I was there last night and Rocky is not shot. Rocky just has to let his hands go. When he does you can see that…

Comment by PRBOXINGCOTTO on 10-28-2012

He needs to retire

Comment by Access_Denied on 10-28-2012

A good win but definitely not a reason to continue IMO.

Post a Comment/View More User Comments (7)
Top Headlines Fedor Chudinov: Ready for Anyone at Super Middleweight? Porter: I've Heard Things That About Mayweather Returning Roach Doubts Miguel Cotto Can Make 147 For Marquez Clash Salud Will Talk To Pacquiao About World Title Double in Manila Jean Pascal Cautioned To Take Signficant Time Off By Promoter Qiu Xiao Jun's Big Win Draws 200 Million TV Viewers in China Liam Williams-Nav Mansouri Set For April 2 on BoxNation Sanchez: Canelo Couldn't Hurt Cotto, What Happens With GGG? Barrera Advised By Manager To Go All Out With Andre Ward Chavez, Barrera, Morales View Canelo-GGG as The Next 'Big One' Alex Saucedo Decisions Clarence Booth: Vences Wins Khan: Being Underdog To Canelo Has Given Me an Extra Push! Fernando Carcamo Stops Daniel Echeverria In Three Lomachenko: I'm Ready To Fight Rigondeaux at Any Time Glowacki's Coach Says Steve Cunningham Still in Play For April Cortez Expects Canelo To Slaughter Amir Khan in Rapid Fashion Jorge Linares Hopes To Return in May or June From Injury Artur Szpilka Has Surgery on Left Hand, Wants Charles Martin Arum Wonders if Amir Khan Can Pull Off a Super Bowl Upset Tyson Fury Going in New Direction? Says 'Massive Fight' Coming Dmitry Chudinov Blows Through Marat Huzeeva in Moscow Mariusz Wach's Ring Return Being Positioned For May 14 Adrian Granat Has Two Fights Set; Sprott Faces Hammer on 3/18 Joseph Diaz-Jayson Velez Set For Ward-Barrera HBO Card Lanell Bellows: Nobody Can Match My Work Ethic Hearn, Mayweather To Join Forces For UK Boxing Events Gutierrez Set For Hometown Appearance, Wants Santa Cruz Next Frank Warren Takes Aim at Boxers Having Overgrown Beards Marquez Wants 147 For Cotto, 152/153 Rehydration Clause Campillo: Kovalev Can Beat Ward, Beterbiev a Bigger Puncher Roach: Not Scared of Atlas, Don't Give a Sh*t About His Stories! McGuigan Warns Joshua To Avoid Charles Martin, For Now Frank Warren: British Boxing Showing Strength With Title Fights Promoter: Bradley Should Not Target Pacquiao's Shoulder Deontay Wilder is on a Mission To 'Beat Povetkin, Unify All Titles' Golovkin's Coach: No Catch-Weight For Amir Khan Cano: I Have The Experience To Beat Lucas Matthysse Barrera: With a Good Strategy, Canelo Can Beat Golovkin Arum: Gilberto Ramirez is The Complete Opposite of Chavez Jr. Daniel Roman Continues To Roll Forward, Beats Robles
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement