Escobedo Looks for First Win in 2011 this Friday Night
By German Villasenor (March 2, 2011) Doghouse Boxing (Photo © German Villasenor)
Two original Golden Boy Promotions-signed fighters see action this weekend, both having tough assignments in front of them. The first fighter, Daniel Ponce de Leon, is within a stone’s throw from getting his second world title shot. That won't be an easy thing, as the southpaw slugger faces a man much bigger than him in Adrian Broner on the co-featured bout to Saul “Canelo” Alvarez vs. Matthew Hatton on Saturday night's HBO “Boxing After Dark” doubleheader at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California.

The second fighter, one Vicente “Chente” Escobedo, 22-3 (14), takes on the rugged Colombian veteran Walter Estrada, 38-13-1 (25), in Telefutura’s “Solo Boxeo” main event at the Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, California.

“Chente,” was hailed by his promotional company, along with various observers as being the “next” Oscar De La Hoya, though I’ve never actually seen any resemblance to the style of fighting those people claimed Escobedo had in common with the president of his promotional company.

Escobedo, who came into the game a decorated amateur star and U.S. Olympian, has seen his ups and downs in his six-year long pro career, tasting defeat at the hands of two-time world champion Robert Guerrero in his last fight, valiantly losing against former WBO “interim” lightweight champion Michael Katsidis, as well as losing against Daniel Jimenez in his tenth fight. However, Escobedo did defeat former IBF super featherweight titleholder Carlos Hernandez, scored a show stopping KO over Dominic Salcido two-and-a-half years ago, KO’ed faded Kevin Kelley in two and notched a stay-busy win over Carlos Urias last year, keeping the game fighter in the hunt for a world title.

Although Escobedo is only 29 years old, he might be in a crossroads type of situation, being perhaps too big to effectively fight at super featherweight and maybe a bit underpowered in the lightweight class. The Woodland resident needs to make big-time statements if he is to accomplish his goal: winning that elusive title.

Jumping from trainer to trainer could be part of the problem and whatever, training-wise, that has affected him up until now has to be resolved, even if that involves sticking with one trainer long enough to get his career in the right track.

Estrada should get the Mexican-American fighter some rounds, getting him back in action after his last bout against Guerrero in November of last year.

The co-featured bout of the night features quick- fisted super lightweight Sharif Bogere, 18-0 (11), facing Shamir Reyes, 18-8-2 (7), and the very popular Randy Caballero, 7-0 (4), taking on Hugo Ramos, 3-7-2 (1).

Tickets are priced at $25 and $35, with the action kicking off at 7 PM at the Special Events Center.

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