Escalera and Brinson put on eight solid rounds of entertainment (Photo courtesy of Star Boxing).
Variance of Styles Leads to Incredible Fight
The two fighting styles that Nick Brinson (9-1-2, 6 KOs) and Jason Escalera (13-0-1, 12 KOs) brought to the Times Union Center in Albany on ESPN’s Friday Night Fight could not have been much more different, and that made for an outstanding fight. Known for aggression and excessive knockout power, Escalera used a high pressure style that the countering Brinson initially found very hard to slow, but the New York native was able to stand in strong and roll off punches to make it a level playing field by the end of the eight rounds of non-stop action.
Escalera let it be known from the opening bell that he wanted to fight this one in a phone booth, allowing Brinson absolutely no room to breathe. That entrapping style had led to stoppage wins in 12 of his first 13 bouts, and all of those in attendance quickly found out why. After initially having trouble keeping his opposition at bay, Brinson started to load up some good combo work before sliding out of confrontation, and he found that adjustment to be just enough to start downsizing the pace he was facing.
As the round progressed between these two converse styles of fighting, the entertainment value of the bout remained extremely high. Escalera continued to stalk and unloaded when he could lure his opponent into close range, but the very fit Brinson stuck to a well plotted game plan of timing his strikes and dipping out of the exchanges. Escalera started to have more trouble chasing down the elusive Brinson in the second half, so he began firing off monstrous left hooks in an attempt to end the fight on one punch. However, Brinson remained focused and did not let any of those haymakers find the mark for the most part.
In the seventh round, Eslcalera landed his best shot of the night when he finally hit one of those left hooks flush to the chin of Brinson, who was immediately hurt upon impact. While he was in a world of trouble, the New York fighter did everything he had to do to eventually survive the frame, despite getting into some serious danger on the ropes in the waning seconds.
When the bell rang to start the eighth and final round, Brinson was still dazed but seemed to be mostly recovered from what happened in the preceding frame. Escalera still smelled blood in the water and tried to turn up the tempo on offense, but Brinson was able to keep his distance by countering off instincts. At no point did these two fighters let off the gas, and the entire audience rose to its feet in appreciation when the closing bell ended the bout.
Knowing how intensely close the action was throughout the eight rounds, both fighters and the Times Union Center crowd all waited in anticipation for the final decision of the judges. The first card revealed a 76-75 in favor of Escalera, and the second gave the same score for Brinson. When the final tally was presented by ring announcer Joe Antonacci, the fight was declared a draw when a 76-76 count was given.
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