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  Flores Jr. Impresses In ESPN Spotlight

By William Trillo
Photos: Mikey Williams - Top Rank


Lightweight Gabriel Flores Jr. (18-0, 6 KOs) unexpectedly stepped into the spotlight against Josec Ruiz (21-1-3, 14 KOs) when the scheduled main event on ESPN was KOd by Covid-19. Not letting the opportunity get by, Flores may have never looked better. Using a skillful mix of punches and ring generalship, Flores kept the hapless Ruiz at bay and off balance over the ten round demolition.

Dropping Ruiz in the second round it appeared this one would be over in quick fashion, but the determined Ruiz got up and remained on his feet for the remainder of the fight. That gave Flores ten rounds to show the boxing world his wares. It was an eye-opening performance. Scores of 100-89 across the board gave the young Flores a clear-cut unanimous decision.

He was a tough guy, but he was not on my level. Going 10 rounds for the first time in my career was a valuable learning experience. I see a world title in the next 12 months. Thats my goal, but we have to see whats out there first. Im training in Vegas now, and the sparring and training out here has helped elevate my game.

Undefeated Super Middleweight David Kaminsky (6-1, 3KOs) found himself in an unexpected brawl with a human buzzsaw in Clay Collard (7-2-3, 2 KOs). The battle tested and rugged Collard is an unorthodox fighter, the likes of which Kaminsky has ever seen. What Collard lacks in flash he makes up for in grit and heart. Kaminsky, the hot young prospect, was unable to solve that puzzle and left the ring looking the worse for wear.

The nonstop punching machine Collard punched and chopped his way to victory over the highly touted Kaminsky. In the end the judges scorecards read 58-56 Collard, 58-56 Kaminsky and 58-56 Collard giving the underdog opponent the split decision nod.

On the upset special Collard said, I honestly thought he would hit harder. But once I felt his power, I pressed the action. I didnt know if the cut came from a punch or a headbutt at first, but I knew being aggressive would be the key to victory. I was nervous when the cards were being read, but I felt Id done more than enough to earn the decision.

Bantamweight Robert Rodriguez (8-0-1, 4 KOs) opened the show with a bang against Adrian Servin (9-1-1, 3 KOs). Rodriguez dropped Servin early in the second round with a clean punch. Servin got to his feet but Rodriguez put the pedal to the metal until the ref saw enough and brought this one to a halt at the 2:48 mark of the second round.

Super Lightweight Victor Rodriguez (3-0, 1 KO) used steady work along with superior skill to completely dominate Justin Horsley (0-2). While Horsley relied on some unpolished boxing skills, Rodriguez showed good footwork coupled with some nice accurate punching. This one wasnt close as Rodriguez pitched a shutout, 40-36 on all cards.

Young up and comer Super Featherweights Frevian Gonzalez (3-0, 1 KO) and Jose Martinez (2-1, 1 KO) took to the ring in this four round someones 0 has got to go scrap. The fight looked to be evenly matched early on but as the fight started taking shape it was Gonzalez who took charge convincingly. Final scores all in favor of Gonzalez read 40-36 and 39-37 twice.


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