Aloha Kid” Bruno Escalante is looking to make his presence known as he returns to the Bay Area for the first time in over two years. Escalante, who has dealt with promotional issues as well as a hand injury is now ready to set his eyes at the top of the division, but first he has to get by Mike Ruiz Jr., a man he beat three years ago to win the IBA super flyweight championship.
Escalante will be fighting in Oakland, CA on June 11th at the historic 16th street station on 1601 Wood St. in West Oakland as part of an O.P.P. Presents Boxing card headlined by Oakland’s Tony Hirsch.
Here is what Escalante had to say about training camp.
Bruno Escalante, Flyweight contender
On Mike Ruiz Jr. rematch
“Me and [Mike Ruiz Jr.] are very familiar with each other, I fought him twice as an amateur [and once in the pros]. I am really excited to fight in Oakland, I haven’t fought in the Bay Area for two years and I want to show people the “Aloha Kid” is back”
“My fight with [Mike Ruiz Jr.] in 2013 was a very close fight and I know he is going to come out and be stronger.
“I am really preparing that this is the last fight of my career, I am really excited to show people that from now on I am going to show people that I am going to give [the fans] everything I got.”
On working with SNAC and Victor Conte
“A lot of great fighters are training out here , because we have [top notch facilities] and training with Mike Bazzel it gets you to the next level of conditioning.”
On training at the SNAC Gym for this camp
“This gym is not for everybody, you have to be sponsored by Victor Conte or a SNAC athlete to train in here, [for me not being a world champion] but being able to train her, I am very blessed with the team I have right now.”