Gabe Flores Jr.’s purpose is to win a world title in 2021, and well-known brawler Jayson Velez is the subsequent problem he has to beat.
Flores, the undefeated Stockton boxer, meets Velez on Saturday in a 10-round tremendous featherweight bout at MGM Grand in Las Vegas. The battle will function the co-feature to the tremendous featherweight title match between World Boxing Council champion Miguel Berchelt and former world champion Oscar Valdez in a card that will probably be broadcast reside on ESPN, starting at 7 p.m.
Flores, who’s now 20 years previous and sports activities a 19-0 document, is on the lookout for the victory which can catapult him into the highest 10 and title competition.
“That’s what I imagine. That is the yr you will note me win a world title,” Flores mentioned throughout a Zoom information convention on Tuesday. “That’s the purpose. I’m going to maintain on pushing. The efficiency is every thing, displaying I’m prepared. That’s the principle focus proper now.”
Saturday presents an opportunity for Flores to point out his expertise on a nationwide stage. The battle is the largest of the Stocktonian’s profession, however was nearly a bit greater. Flores was initially scheduled to fulfill former world champion Andrew Cancio, who introduced he was withdrawing because of a again damage.
The Flores camp accepted Velez as an opponent partially as a result of he fights an analogous type to Cancio and the change wouldn’t disrupt coaching. Each are sluggers who will come straight at their opponent.
Velez’s final battle was a troublesome battle with Valdez, who gained by a TKO within the tenth spherical and highway the win into Saturday’s title bout with Berchelt. Flores watched the battle and discovered just a few issues about his subsequent opponent.
“He doesn’t get discouraged, he going to maintain on coming,” Flores mentioned of Velez. “He’s going to maintain coming and coming, he’s going to stay to his recreation plan. He’s not going to bow down for nothing.”
Velez (29-7-1) has misplaced two in a row, however his opponents have been a mixed 42-1, together with a choice loss to Jaime Arboleda. In 2014, Velez, a 32-year-old Puerto Rico native fought then-Worldwide Boxing Federation champ Evgeny Gradovich to a attract a title bout.
Whereas Flores hopes to leap into competition, Velez is banking an upset places him again within the title image.
“Undoubtedly it is a huge battle for me, and I feel it might be the largest win of my profession,” Velez mentioned. “And I’m very motivated as a result of I need to give this huge second to Puerto Rico.”