At the age of 28, Esquiva is a four-year pro. A rising contender 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 Olympic Games, and the son of Adegard Florenino – also known as “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.
He has fought two times in 2018.
In his last fight on July 28 in Kissimmee, Florida, he won by first-round knockout against Jonathan Tavira.
The scheduled 10-rounder was one of the co-featured bouts with the Masayuki Ito vs. Christopher Diaz main event, and Esquiva quickly overpowered him. He scored two knockdowns in the first round – the first with a left hand to the head, the second with a left hand to the body – and the referee stopped the fight without a count at 1:38.
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 havealways 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.”