B.J. Flores Handles Hicks

By Joshua Smith

Photos: Oliver Smith

Friday night at the Plaza hotel and casino in downtown Las Vegas, saw BJ Flores (22-0-1, 14 KO ) take on Matt Hicks (13-4, 12 KO ). Hicks was by far the bigger man but that meant nothing as Flores dominated for three rounds before the referee stopped the fight in the third round.


On the back of Flores training top that he wore on his way into the ring it stated, 'Anyone, anytime, any place', and that's exactly what he said after the fight stating that given the right conditions he will fight any of the champions from the cruiserweight division.


Flores controlled the fight and moved around the ring well and took his chances when they came to him. Hicks was down in the second after some brutal punches from Flores who looked like he could give anyone problems with his punching power. That was a sign of things to come and in the third round Flores threw a flurry of punches which proved to be too much for Hicks and resulted in the referee stepping in and stopping the fight giving Flores a TKO.


It was Flores' first performance in a year but you could not tell as he looked sharp and alert and lived up to his nickname ''Peligroso'' which means ''Dangerous''.


Here’s the rest of the evenings results:


Rafael Valenzuela (11-1) defeated Robert Da Luz (11-16-2 ) by TKO at 1:23 of Round One

Elvin Ayala (19-3-1 ) defeated Anthony Bartinelli (23-11-2) by unanimous decision in an eight round match up.

Tyler Hinkey ( 5-0 ) defeated Benjamin Lee ( 1-1 ) by TKO at 2:17 of Round One

Bayan Jargal (10-0-1 m) defeated Walberto Gaxiola ( 7-6 ) by TKO at 1:53 of Round 1

Gabriel Del Real ( 2-0 ) defeated Alejandro Balladeres ( 0-2 ) by unanimous decision in a four-round match up.

Lonnie Smith  (6-2-2 ) defeated Ronald Hurley ( 4-4-2 ) by TKO at 2:48 of Round 3