Fresh off of a breathtaking decision victory over a childhood rival Mickey Roman, exciting Golden Boy prospect Antonio Escalante(22-2,14KO’S) is back in action, challenging Argentina’s Carlos Ricardo Rodriguez(22-3,12KO’s) in front of a home town crowd at the Don Haskins Center in El Paso, Texas. Scheduled for ten rounds in the feather weight division, this contest will be featured as the main event of ESPN’s Friday night fights on May 7th.
In what many call early 2010 candidate for a fight of the year, Antonio Escalante battled his Mexican arch rival for ten nail biting rounds to emerge a clear cut victor. Back by popular demand Tony is happy to oblige his fans.
“I’m loving it,” smiled Escalante of fighting in his own backyard. “The real advantage for me is the energy I draw from the El Paso fight fans. I’m convinced we have the loudest and the best fight fans in the world. It’s a great feeling knowing they will be cheering me on when I walk into the ring. There’s really no better place to fight for me.”
“The Golden Boy”, Oscar De La Hoya, Escalante’s promoter, is also enthused about bringing Escalante back to El Paso. “The crowds are getting bigger and more enthusiastic every time Tony fights in El Paso,” he noted. “It makes sense to come back to El Paso, especially after the performance Tony and Mickey Roman put on here on February 26th. Having been at the Roman fight, and hearing the roar of the great El Paso fight fans, I know that there’s no better place for Tony to fight than El Paso.”
Biding his time for a world title fight Escalante is not playing it close to the vest; his opponent is a tough customer from Argentina whose record speaks for itself.
“I have no idea of who Carlos Rodriguez is,” said Escalante. “All I know is he’s never fought in the United States, but is very popular in his home country of Argentina. I also know he hasn’t fought me, much less in El Paso. He’s supposed to be a real rough guy, so we’ll see how rough he is on May 7th. I’m ready to give my fans in El Paso another great show.”
Tickets will go on SALE this Friday, April 9th (10:00 p.m.) at the UTEP Ticket Center and all Ticketmaster Outlets. Tickets will also be available online at http://www.ticketmaster.com and by phone through the UTEP Box Office at 915-747-5234 and Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000. They are priced at $100, $60, $40, $30 & $20. Don’t miss this one.