BROOKS, California - Even with a broken left hand, Bruno "The Aloha Kid" Escalante, showed what it means to be a true fighter.
On Saturday, the San Francisco Bay Area-based Pinoy boxer won a unanimous decision against Mexican Victor Ruiz to retain his International Boxing Association super flyweight title.
The fight took place at the Cache Creek Casino Resort in Brooks, California.
Ruiz was very aggressive in the early rounds until Escalante was able to make the proper adjustments.
Escalante was able to use his defense to slip and avoid clean punches by Ruiz.
Ruiz found Escalante against the ropes throughout the fight. He would deliver multiple blows only to be deflected by Escalante.
Escalante hurt his left hand in the second round and fought with his right for the rest of the fight.
Photo courtesy of Bruno Escalante.
Even though Escalante was limited with one hand, he effectively delivered solid jabs to Ruiz.
"I had to be creative. Using my jab, my feint, I always have the head movement. It's just hard. I was getting hit a lot because when I try to block it with my left hand there's no power to put it in my head. Every time I get hit it just goes straight to me," he said.
According to x-rays, Escalante indeed suffered two broken parts of his hand.