Falcao To Face Espadas July 21 In Las Vegas
Middleweight contender Yamaguchi Falcao looks to rise in the
rankings when he meets WBO Latino champion Elias “Latin Kid”
Espadas Saturday, July 21 at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino
in Las Vegas, NV.
Fighting out of Yucatan, Mexico, Espadas has an impressive
17-3 professional ledger and 12 wins by knockout. Rated 14th
by the WBO, Espadas stopped his last six foes, most recently
dispatching Felipe Santos Pedroso in three rounds.
Falcao, the WBC’s 9th ranked contender, was scheduled to
meet Demetrius Andrade as part of an HBO tripleheader but
Andrade withdrew after becoming a promotional free agent.
A bronze medalist for his native Brazil at the 2012 London
Olympics, Falcao has a perfect 15-0 record with 7 victories
via KO. On March 31, Falcao dominated veteran Richard
Gutierrez on ESPN. The smooth-boxing 30-year-old is
admittedly disappointed about the Andrade fight falling
apart and plans to take out his frustrations on Espadas.
“I was looking forward to the Andrade fight because he’s one
of the world’s best but Espadas is a respectable fighter in
his own right,” said Falcao, who fights out of Plant City,
FL. “I don’t know a ton about him but I lived in Mexico for
six years and Mexico has produced many great fighters. I’m
going to put on a great performance and show that I’m the
much better fighter. My goal is to become middleweight world
The Falcao-Espadas fight is scheduled for ten rounds and
takes place prior to an HBO doubleheader featuring WBO
junior middleweight champion Jaime Mungia against former
titlist Liam Smith and WBO 130 pound champion Alberto
Machado defending his belt against unbeaten contender Rafael