At the age of 27, Esquiva is a three-year pro. A rising young prospect at 160 pounds, he is a former international amateur standout who won the middleweight silver medal at the 2012 Olympic Games.
He is the younger brother, by two years, of Yamaguchi Falcão, who won the light heavyweight bronze medal at the 2012 Olympics, and the son of Adegard Florenino – aka “Touro Moreno” or “Black Bull” – a legendary former fighter who was a pioneer in introducing martial arts to Brazil.
Esquiva has stayed active in the ring and made good progress – he had six fights in 2014, six in 2015, and four in 2016. He gave impressive performances each time.
In his last fight on August 5 in Los Angeles – his second fight of 2017 – he won an eight-round unanimous decision against Norberto Gonzalez. The bout was on the undercard of the Vasyl Lomachenko vs. Miguel Marriaga main event.
ESPN.com’s Dan Rafael reported from ringside [excerpts]: Esquiva Falcao, who won an Olympic silver medal for Brazil in the 2012 Olympics, cruised to a one-sided victory against Norberto Gonzalez (24-9, 14 KOs) of Mexico, who gave a good effort but was thoroughly outclassed.
All three judges scored the fight a shutout, 80-72. [End Rafael item]
In March, 2016, Esquiva signed a sponsorship contract with equipment manufacturer Everlast. At its announcement, Everlast Director of Marketing Chris Zoller said, “Falcão has all the ingredients to be worldwide superstar. We have a very passionate customer base in Brazil and are excited to utilize the capabilities of Team Everlast Media and global audience to help tell Esquiva’s story.”
Esquiva commented, “Everlast values authenticity and individuality. Those distinctive characteristics have always set me apart from everyone in the industry. I’ve always known the value of hard work and without it, I wouldn’t have made it this far. What motivates me the most is becoming the Brazilian World Champion and making the brands and people who represent me proud.”