Esquiva Falcao To Return 12/6, Plans To Campaign at 154

By Jake Donovan

Esquiva Falcao continues to enjoy a seamless transition into the pro ranks, following an incredible amateur career highlighted by his run as a Silver medalist for Brazil in the 2012 London Olympics.

The 24-year old turned pro earlier this year, and has since racked up five wins. The latest came in a 2nd round stoppage of Austin Marcum earlier this month in Orlando, Florida. His win earned airtime on UniMas’ Solo Boxeo Tecate boxing series, with all five of his fights to date airing either on UniMas or courtesy of promoter Top Rank’s live streaming service.

One more ring appearance is planned before closing out his first year in the pro ranks. Top Rank plans to bring him back on December 6 at a yet-to-be-determined venue in Southern California.

“It’s been a great first year so far; five fights, five wins and three by knockout,” Falcao told – through translator and manager Sergio Batarelli – in the moments following his knockout win over Marcum. “I’m going to fight again in California. God willing, I will have six wins and four knockouts after the fight to end the year.”

Since moving to the pro ranks, Falcao has placed more emphasis on his finishing skills, not wanting to leave anything to chance. It was a lesson he learned the hard way, coming up short in a controversial loss to Japan’s Ryota Murata in the 2012 Olympic middleweight finals in London.

It was his second loss to Murata in as many years, coming up short in the 2011 World Amateur championships. The repeat defeat was still good enough to make history, becoming the first ever boxer from Brazil to capture an Olympic silver medal. His run in the Olympics took place at 165 lb., the same weight at which he made his pro debut this past February.

He’s since dropped in weight with each passing fight, weighing a career low 158¼ lb. on Saturday. As he transitions from prospect to contender, chances are he will be even lighter.

“I feel a lot stronger as I move down towards (154 lb.),” Falcao reveals. “When I fight at middleweight and heavier, I notice the difference. The opponents are taller and heavier, and it doesn’t feel natural to me fighting at that weight. I feel more comfortable fighting at 154; I hope to fight there for my first world title.”

A title shot is very well inevitable, but not in his immediate future. The December 6 showcase will most likely mark his last scheduled six-round affair, as his team steps up the pace in 2015.

“I would like to move to eight-round fights after this,” Falcao states. “I will try to win every fight by knockout, no matter how many rounds it’s scheduled for. The plan is to fight and win six times in 2015, and get a world ranking at 154 by the end of next year.”

Jake Donovan is the Managing Editor of, as well as a member of Transnational Boxing Ratings Board and the Boxing Writers Association of America. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox

Tags: Esquiva Falcao image  
User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Post a Comment - View More User Comments (0)
Top Headlines Jon Fernandez: We Just Had a Bad Game Plan For This Fight Canelo-GGG, Mayweather-Pacquiao - A Gem & a Pending Sham Foster Out-Boxes, Upsets Jon Fernandez in ShoBox Main Event Irvin Gonzalez Busier, Easily Beats Carlos Ramos Canelo Vows Quick Return: I Want To Fight in December Steven Ortiz Edges Wesley Ferrer By Majority Decision Misael Lopez Beats James Wilkins By Unanimous Decision Joshua: I'm The Best in The Division, No Doubt, It's Been Proven! Povetkin: I'm as Strong as Joshua, I Was Weaker With Klitschko Wilder, Fury Sign Contracts - Tour Begins on October 1 in London Luis Nery vs. Jason Conoy For WBC Silver, on October 6 Wilder-Fury Announcement Next Week; Likely 12/1, Staples Center Photos: Jayson Velez, Orlando Cruz - Ready For Puerto Rico Battle Joshua's Coach: Povetkin is Not Parker or Takam - He's Top Level Dutchover: Aguilar Won't Stop Me From Reaching Title Goal Sanchez: Golovkin a Little Angry Vegas Favors The House Fighter Povetkin: I Will Give Everything, It's One of My Last Big Chances Whyte: If Chisora Fights Me, It Will Be His Last Fight Photos: Yuriorkis Gamboa, Juanma Lopez - Square Up at Presser Photos: Campbell vs. Mendy, Okolie vs. Askin - Ready For Battle Photos: David Price, Sergey Kuzmin - Vow Fireworks at Wembley Photos: Anthony Joshua, Alexander Povetkin - Ready For War Munguia Satisfied With Adjustments, Saw Canelo as Big Winner Badou Jack: Stevenson on different level than guys Gvozdyk beat Joshua Out-Weighs Povetkin By Almost 25 Pounds In London Hopkins: Canelo Flipped Script On Golovkin, Walked Him Down David Price: Beating Sergey Kuzmin Can Be Life-Changing Joshua vs. Povetkin: Chris Kongo, John Docherty Added James Wilkins' Big Moment Has Arrived in ShoBox Debut Amir Khan Tells Anthony Joshua To Head To America For Legacy Malignaggi: Fans Won't Watch Mayweather-Pacquiao 2? Bullsh*t! BoxNation Announces Big Week of Live Shows DAZN Exec: No Reason Boxing Fans Shouldn't Come Check Us Out Iran Diaz Expects Tough Outing, Vows To Shock Sor Rungvisai Thurman: I Look Forward To Reminding Everyone I'm #1 at 147 Khan: I Can't End Career With Canelo Being My Only Big Fight! Photos: Michael Dutchover, Bergman Aguilar Ready For Battle Chocolatito Wants To Take Things Slow, Adapt More To 115 Lemieux on Canelo: I'll Be The Underdog, I Can Surprise Everyone Photos: Victor Ortiz, John Molina Come Together For Media Day

Latest Active Forum Threads