Efrain Esquivias Ready For Title Time!
Photo Cred- Erik Aguilar
By Sig Guillermo
Having recently signed with Thompson Boxing Promotions, top undefeated bantamweight prospect, and 2006 National Golden Gloves champion, Efrain Esquivias has his sights set on the world in 2011.
Fueled by the memory of his late father, the well-respected Efrain Sr. Esquivias, the unbeaten warrior possesses a high-caliber amateur background that brings a scorching promise of dominance to the future of the bantamweight division. Now training under the tutelage of four-time trainer of the year, Freddie Roach at the Wild Card Gym in Los Angeles, Esquivias expresses, “I like it, it helps my concentration. Freddie Roach teaches you to know where you are in the ring at all times and how to throw from angles. I also have the same work ethic as Manny Pacquiao and am already sparring with a lot of their top guys and giving them problems.”
Hailing from Carson, California, the 26 year old talent fights with the ferocity of a blood-hungry lion whose style mixes between boxing and brawling. “I grew up fighting in the streets”, proclaims Esquivias. His versatile approach has made him an unstoppable force that has already compiled 12 wins with 8 by knockout. Since making his professional debut on September 13, 2007 with a strong decision win over Jovanni Valerio at Carson, California’s Civic Center, Esquivias has been on a whirlwind of impressive victories, knocking out his last three victims in dramatic fashion. With his humble outlook and positive mentality he has also developed a large local following. Efrain’s last bout ended with a crushing 8th round TKO over Lakewood, Colorado’s Shawn Nichol on February 25, 2011 in Ontario, California.
Up next for Esquivias, a shot at the vacant WBF Fedelatin Super Bantamweight title when he collides with undefeated southpaw, Sherali Dostiev at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, Califonia. Now residing in Boca Raton, Florida, the Tajikistan-born Dostiev carries a solid record consisting of 8 wins, with 2 by knockout and 1 draw. His last bout was a four round unanimous decision win over Florida native, Carlos “El Rayo” Rivera. Dostiev is certainly not one to look past, considering he has qualified for the Athens Games by winning the First AIB Asian 2004 Olympic Qualifying Tournament finals. Since competing in the 2004 Summer Olympics, he has remained undefeated as a professional. He too will receive his time to shine when he goes up against the explosive Efrain Esquivias on March 25th, 2011.
Both are ready to set the stage with an all out action spectacle that will excite fans the world over, the way only boxing can.
“Keep an eye out, because I am baby-stepping towards the WBA title. I want to be a top ten fighter and I’ll fight anybody! I want it to be my year!”- Efrain Esquivias on what to look for in the future.