Efrain Esquivias is only 13 fights into his professional boxing career.
But Esquivias, from Carson, CA, is already trying to make up for lost time.
Esquivias’ career got off to a slow start; he fought just five times in the first three years as a pro.
But Esquivias’ career took off when he signed with Thompson Boxing Promotions. He fought five times in 2010 and Friday’s bout will be his fifth in 2011.
“I love it,” Esquivias said of his busy schedule. “This is what I wanted when I turned pro. But everything happens for a reason.”
Esquivias headline’s Friday’ card at the Omega Products International outdoor arena in Corona, CA. The undefeated Esquivias (13-0, 9 KOs) faces brawler Juan Ruiz (23-6, 7 KOs) in a 10 round super featherweight bout. The winner takes possession of the North American Boxing Federation (NABF) title.
Three opponents fell through before Ruiz stepped in and accepted the bout.
“Ruiz is a veteran but he is still young to the game,” Esquivias’ manager Eddie Gonzales said. “He represents a tough task for Efrain.”
Ruiz and Esquivias’ last opponent, John Alberto Molina, represent a step up in opposition. Esquivias’ first 11 opponents had no more than five wins on their records. Combined, Ruiz and Molina have 51 career victories and 28 career knockout victories.
“Efrain is ready to go the next level,” Gonzales said. “A fight like this gets him prepared. And fighting for the NABF is motivation.”
Ruiz defeated Wayne McCullough to win the NABF featherweight title in 2005, but has since lost four of his last five.
“This is a big moment,” Esquivias said. “It is another step toward a world championship. Getting to the world title is what’s on my mind. So this is a big fight.”
Esquivias goes into this fight not only off four straight knockout wins but also off a few sessions of spirited sparring with Abner Mares.
“They were tough sparring sessions,” Gonzales said. “You can’t say who got the better of whom. But it was very good sparring for both fighters.”
The six rounds of sparring was a good experience for Esquivias.
“I think it went perfect,” Esquivias said. “We both benefited and we both learned.”
The co-main event on the card pits San Bernardino’s Artemio Reyes (12-1, 10 KOs) against Mexico’s Cristian Favela (31-31-1, 15 KOs) in an eight round welterweight bout.
In other bouts, Ontario’s Richard Contreras (5-0, 4 KOs) faces Isaac Hidalgo (8-7-2, 1 KO) in a 6 round junior featherweights; Miguel Diaz (5-0, 3 KOs) faces Samuel Gutierrez (5-8-1) in a 4 round bantamweight bout; junior lightweight Daniel Franco (2-0) faces Mauro Brenes (pro debut) over four rounds. Welterweights Robert Crespo and Javier Albonica fight in a 4 rounder and junior featherweights Angel Aponte and Cain Garcia fight in a four rounder.
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