Friday, July 2: Antonio Escalante is a top ranked Featherweight boxer from Juarez and raised in El Paso. He's been through it before, but it seems an elbow injury has slowed Escalante, the hyper, buzzing El Paso boxing sensation, almost to a crawl. Escalante injured his elbow sparring in early June in preparation for a fight at the Haskins Center on ESPN2's Friday Night Fights, and has been taking it easy since with new trainer Louie Burke. Burke has trained undefeated local fighters like David "El niño" Rodriguez, and Austin "No Doubt" Trout. Burke has said they are working on cardio at the moment. "It's an injury that needs time to heal. That is what we are doing, we're giving it the proper time to heal." Antonio Escalante added, "It was really bad. I was doing some sparring, and when they were hitting me, it would just go numb, dead. It happened once, twice, three then four times, and I said this is too much, I went to see a doctor and he said I should cancel the fight, it's really bad."
So Antonio has taken this time to find a new trainer, and so far, it's been a match made in heaven.Antonio Escalante added, "Everything is working just great. What I love the most is the good energy around him. There is just good energy in my team, my team is just complete. The energy that I feel is what I was looking for." "I have known Tony since the amateurs, and always thought highly of him, so we connected, and it seems like it's working out pretty good right now, " said Louie Burke. Burkes hopes for a fight set up in the next month and a half.