At the age of 28, 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, four in 2016, and three in 2017. He gave impressive performances each time.
In his last fight on November 3 in Kissimmee, Florida, he won by seventh-round TKO against Jose Fandino.
The scheduled 8-rounder was one of the co-features at the Osceola Heritage Center. Esquiva scored two knockdowns in the third round, both with body punches, but was later penalized one point for low blows. He scored another knockdown with a body punch in the seventh round, and the referee stopped the fight at 2:43
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.”
AMATEUR, PERSONAL BACKGROUND: Esquiva was born and raised in Vitória, Espírito Santo, Brazil…
He said through an interpreter, “I started boxing when I was 13 years old. I had 230 amateur fights, with a record of 215 wins and 15 losses.
“I’m naturally right-handed, but fight as a southpaw. My father taught me to fight this way.
“I’m married. My wife’s name is Suelen Marques Nascimento, and we have two sons and one daughter – Erick Henrique, who is six years old, Juan Falcão who is four, and Luisa, who is eight months old.”…
From Folha de São Paulo, by Mariana Bastos [Oct. 8, 2011 – translated from Portuguese, excerpts]: “The first boxing bag they had was their mother’s chest. When they were in their mother’s lap, I would take their little hands and do ‘pow-pow’ in the womb,” said Touro Moreno, 75, by telephone to Folha. “I also put boxing gloves in the crib.”
A fighter in his youth, the veteran of the rings, whose name is Adegard Florentino, wanted to emphasize the fact that the children have been trained since they left the maternity ward to become boxers.
Among the boys he had in the second marriage, [two] are walking the path imagined by his father. With a name that refers directly to the universe of the fights, Esquiva Falcão [and] two years older, brother Yamaguchi….
“As a young man, I had a Japanese friend who was a judo teacher, he was murdered and at the same time my wife became pregnant, which is why I gave the name of Yamaguchi’s to my boy,” says Touro Moreno. [End Bastos item]
From Torcedores.com, by Matheus Adami [June 15, 2014 – translated from Portuguese, excerpts]: When Brazilian boxing got two medals at the London Olympics – silver with Esquiva and bronze with Yamaguchi Falcao – it is thanks to a 76-year-old man named Adegard Florentino, better known as “Touro Moreno.” On Father’s Day, Torcedores.com tells the story of one of the most famous parents in Brazilian sports.
Touro is the father of 18 children. From an early age, he encouraged his children to fight each other. He went hungry and lived in the street. In the meantime, he dreamed of having child champions.
“The only thing that could happen to them was my sport, which I always knew how to do. I met their mother when she worked in a bar. She was 15 years old, poor thing. Smaller still. I told her to quit her job and marry me to give me ten children. She gave me eleven. I chose her to be the mother of my fighters, to make these boys champions.
“I was very quarrelsome and bohemian. The boys set me up for life. I devoted myself to them. Yamaguchi and Esquiva are my crop in life.
“I’m illiterate. What I know is fighting. And now they have brought these medals to Brazil. It was not for nothing.”
Touro tells that Yamaguchi, the elder of the pair, was named in honor of a judo teacher, a close friend, who was murdered. Esquiva was named in this way “to learn how to dodge the blows of opponents. [note: Esquiva means “dodge” or “avoid” in Portuguese] The avoidance of a punch is a very important movement in boxing. When he was born, they said he looked like Mike Tyson,” he said.
They started training since they were young. In the family home, Touro improvised a ring with cement blocks. Instead of the punching bag, a very important and obligatory item in any boxing gym, the Falcão brothers had a banana tree. To strengthen the muscles, the dumbbells were made of concrete.
“The food was beans, rice, any kind of greenery,” explained the father.
And Touro Moreno himself gave an example of overcoming limits. A fighter in the old times, he had an important fight, a draw, against Waldemar Santana, a legendary fighter who defeated Hélio Gracie, one of the main developers of jiu-jitsu in Brazil in the 60s.
In May of 2014, at 76 years old, he fought in Vitoria, Espiritu Santo, against Fabrício Lopes Sales, who was 30 years old.
A knockout? No. Touro Moreno was better in the first round, but got tired and gave up at the start of the second round.
Not bad for those who starved and forged champions.