Heavyweight Jesus Escalera Wins 17 Fights by KO, Close to Mike Tyson First Year Record
As a promoter, Jesus Escalera became disenchanted with promoting boxers that did not believe in his ability to get them to where they said they dreamed of going in boxing. Escalera decided to do the very steps he asked them to do. Plus it would defy the odds and he find out what the true answer to the initial “what if” scenario truly resulted. So on October 14, 2022, he dusted off his old boxing trunks and then bought himself some more trunks because the ones from his more youthful days would not fit; and hopped into the ring as a then 42-year-old with a debut professional fight. With each fight event, he delivered a KO and won big! Still, he received mixed reviews from his colleagues and peers he thought would be happy and more supportive of him carrying out his dreams. It is no surprise that some of his wins are from out of the country; just as some prospects have to follow the same pathway to become a bonafide boxing contender. Nevertheless, this bothered some. However, he continued to fight match-ups using the formula he wanted trainers and boxers to use in his promoter role.
This strategy seemingly has proven to be true, as Escalera’s boxing record and ranking have continued to positively affect his record with each match-up. Jesus Escalera (17-0, 17 KOs) continues to defy the odds with consecutive knockout wins, and no losses. Escalera, an Afro-Latina American from Puerto Rico, requires one more win to be tied in a record with the living legend Mike Tyson also known as “Iron Mike” Tyson! This past Saturday, August 19, 2023, on a Ritehook Promotions Biloxi, MS boxing card Jesus won his 17th fight with a 1st-round knockout of Brazilian Marcelo De Silva Within this year Jesus shared with me that he has heard from the non-supportive and those that truly support him throughout the journey so far. But results are hard to contest from attackers and those not in favor of him boxing at 42 or now 43 years old. Escalera did not listen even though the uphill hurdle was not an easy path to partake. It is one thing to become a professional boxer after many years of inactivity. Muscle memory can help assist you in acquiring the physic you once had. It’s very different to start a professional career with a 0-0 boxing record, and ultimately tie one of the most record-breaking heavyweights of all time with the same amount of wins within one year of boxing. The same boxing record Mike Tyson achieved in February of 1986. What’s truly astonishing is the one-year anniversary is not yet expired for Escalera. The Puerto Rican heavyweight has until October 13th, 2023 to gain two more wins (so far all by KO) to overtake Tyson’s world record of 18-0 (18 KO) in his first pro year. Will Jesus Escalera, take the challenge? Can he now beat the record of a living legend?
“No one can take away what I’ve done so far in my professional career, because God had a plan for me obviously. There’s no way I thought I could go this far and accomplish all of this at my age!” “But I believe in myself, I’m gonna dare to be great, and go for this 19-0 (19 KO) win. Hopefully this inspires boxers to fight more than just once or twice a year.”