Bruno “Aloha Kid” Escalante and Jonathan Chicas headline a full night of professional boxing March 8 at the Fox Theater in Redwood City, Ca.
Escalante (6-1, 3 KOs) faces Rigoberto Casillas (8-9, 6 KOs) in an eight-round junior bantamweight contest. The 24-year-old native of the Philippines, who now resides in San Carlos, Ca., won an exciting five-round decision in his last contest a few months ago.
“My goal is give my supporters and the people an impressive victory and exciting and fun fight to watch,” said Escalante to this writer last week.
Casillas, 26, has lost six of his last seven fights.
The bout is the biggest of his career.
“I'm thankful for the opportunity,” said Casillas of Tijuana, MX. ”I have something to prove.”
Jonathan Chicas (8-1, 4 KOs) looks to rebound from his first pro loss when he tangles with veteran Arthur Brambila (9-17, 4 KOs) in a six-round light welterweight bout.
“In my last fight I got caught with a left hook during an exchange,” said the likeable Chicas. “I think we were throwing punches at the same time. I didn’t recover fast enough from the punch and the referee stopped it. I’m ready to move on and use that as a tool for my other fights.
“I feel good mentally, physically and spiritually. March eighth I will get back in the winning column and continue my quest to be a champ.”
Power punching cruiserweight Joe “The Punisher” Gumina (4-1, 2 KOs) and Lee Holoman (1-4, 1 KO) square off in another four-rounder.
Gumina, 28, isn’t named “The Punisher” for nothing.
"I want to give the boxing fans an entertaining fight,” Gumina said.
“If you want to see some real fighting, come to the show," he added.
Also fighting are featherweights Albert Torres (2-0, 1 KO) and Jesus Sandoval (1-1-1) along with light welterweight Jonathan Zamudio (1-1) of San Francisco. Ricardo Pinell bids for victory number two against debuting Thomas Gray Jr.
Rounding out the card is exciting 19-year-old prospect Preston Freeman (3-0, 1 KO) of Salinas via St. Louis, Mo.