By Jake Donovan
It hasn’t been an easy transition to the pro ranks for Vicente Escobedo. High expectations came with his turning pro shortly after his stint on the 2004 U.S. Olympic boxing squad, but success has only come in small doses thus far.
Escobedo has a chance to change all of that on July 21. Granted, a tall order awaits him as he’s set to challenge unbeaten 130 lb. titlist Adrien Broner. Not only is Escobedo facing one of the best young fighters in the sport today, but has to go to his Cincinnati backyard as they headline an HBO-televised card at the U.S. Bank Arena.
"I'm going to take full advantage of this opportunity,” Escobedo insisted to the crowd on hand for Wednesday’s press conference in Cincinnati. “I'm hungry and I've been hungry."
The lesson that Escobedo has learned through seven years as a pro is that it doesn’t matter how you arrive on stage, but what you do once you are there. The Californian has struggled at times – dropping decisions to Michael Katsidis and Robert Guerrero while the HBO cameras were rolling – but has also shown glimpse of brilliance, such as his knocking out previously unbeaten Dominic Salcido.
He will need a lot of the latter in order to get past Broner (23-0, 19KO), who makes the second defense of the 130 lb. title he acquired last November. For Escobedo, it’s his first crack at a major title but perhaps his last chance to convince HBO to bring him back.
With that came his bold declaration that July 21 will be a night to remember.
“People say that he [Broner] has talent, power and speed. I've got talent. I've got speed and I've got power too. I'm gonna shock the world. I guarantee it."
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