Esquiva Falcao

Weightclass: Super Middleweight

  • 19wins

  • 0losses

  • 0draws

  • 13kos

AGE:
28
Birthplace:
Vitória, Espírito Santo, Brazil
Height:
5’10”
reach:
73"
Managers:
Sergio Batarelli
Trainers:
Miguel Diaz

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Esquiva Falcao

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.

fight history

  • 2014

    On 12-6-14 in Glendale, CA, he won by knockout (5th round) against Lanny Dardar (2-1-2): the scheduled 6-rounder was on the undercard at the Civic Auditorium; Esquiva outworked Dardar, landed the harder punches, and steadily wore him down with body punches; he staggered Dardar with a series of unanswered punches in the 5th round, and the referee stopped the fight at 1:31…

    On 10-4-14 in Orlando, FL, he won by TKO (2nd round) against Austin Marcum (6-5-1): the scheduled 6-rounder was on the undercard of the Felix Verdejo-Sergio Villanueva main event; Esquiva scored a knockdown with a left hand in the 2nd round – Marcum got up, but Esquiva rocked him with a series of punches and the referee stopped the fight at 1:24…

    On 8-9-14 in Glendale, CA, he won by knockout (2nd round) against Malcolm Terry (6-3): the scheduled 6-rounder was on the undercard at the Civic Auditorium, and Esquiva quickly overpowered him; he scored a knockdown with a right hook to the body in the 1st round, then scored another knockdown with a left hand in the 2nd, and the referee stopped the fight at 1:24…

    On 5-31-14 in Macau, CH, he won a 6 round unanimous decision against Eun-Chang Lee (7-3): the bout was on the undercard of the the Zou Shiming-Yokthong Kokietgym main event at the Venetian Resort; Esquiva dominated the fight, and Lee was penalized one point for pushing down Esquiva in the 6th round; scored 59-55, 59-54, 58-55…

    He made his debut on 2-15-14 in Hawaiian Gardens, CA, and won by TKO (4th round) against Joshua Robertson (5-4): the scheduled 6-rounder was on the undercard at the C. Robert Lee Center; Esquiva consistently outworked Robertson, landed the harder punches, and steadily wore him down; he rocked Robertson with a series of unanswered punches in the 4th round, and the referee stopped the fight at 2:36…

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  • 2015

    On 12-12-15 in Tucson, AZ, he by TKO (4th round) against Hector Munoz (23-16-1): the scheduled 8-rounder was one of the co-features with the Oscar Valdez-Ernie Sanchez main event; Munoz gave a determined effort, but Esquiva scored a knockdown in the 2nd round and dominated the fight; he rocked Munoz with a series of punches in the 4th, and the referee stopped the fight at 2:26…

    On 9-26-15 in Lemoore, CA, he won by knockout (2nd round) against lefthanded Zoltan Papp (7-1-1): the scheduled 8-rounder was on the undercard of the Andy Ruiz-Joell Godfrey main event; Esquiva scored a knockdown in the 2nd round, and the referee stopped the fight at 1:50…

    On 6-26-15 in Hidalgo, TX, he won by TKO (4th round) against Aaron Drake (14-8): the scheduled 8-rounder was on the undercard of the Gilberto Ramirez-Derek Edwards main event; Esquiva consistently landed the harder punches and wore down Drake; he staggered Drake with a series of punches early in the 4th round, and the referee stopped the fight at 0:45…
    On 5-8-15 in Newark, NJ, he won by TKO (3rd round) against Paul Harness (5-4-1): the scheduled 8-rounder was on the undercard of the Michel Soro-Glen Tapia main event; Esquiva bloodied Harness’ nose in the 2nd round, then scored a knockdown with a left hand in the 3rd – Harness got up, but Esquiva rocked him several more times and the referee stopped the fight at the end of the round…

    On 4-11-15 in Laredo, TX, he won a 6 round unanimous decision against Omar Rojas (3-2): the scheduled 6-rounder was co-featured with the Oscar Valdez-Jose Ramirez main event, and Esquiva dominated the fight – he pressed forward, consistently outworked Rojas, and landed the harder punches; scored 60-54 on all three scorecards…

    On 2-28-15 in Tampa, FL, he won by TKO (2nd round) against Mike Tufariello (4-1-1): the scheduled 6-rounder was co-featured at the Sun Dome, and Esquiva quickly overpowered him; he scored two knockdowns in the 2nd round, and the referee stopped the fight at 2:22…

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  • 2016

    On 5-14-16 in Studio City, CA, he won by TKO (4th round) against Paul Valenzuela (10-2): the scheduled 8-rounder was on the undercard at Sportsmen’s Lodge – Valenzuela gave a determined effort, but Esquiva dominated the fight; Valenzuela was cut over his right by a punch in the 4th round, then Esquiva hurt him with a body punch moments later and the referee stopped the fight on the cut at 1:31…

    On 3-19-16 in Houston, TX, he won by TKO (5th round) agianst Joe McCreedy (15-9-2): the scheduled 8-rounder was on the undercard of the Juan Diaz-Fernando Garcia main event, and Esquiva dominated the fight; he scored a knockdown with a left hand to the body in the 5th round, and the referee stopped the fight at 1:48…

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