B. J. Flores
|Real name||Benjamin Flores|
|Height||6 feet 3 inches (1.91 m)|
|Reach||80 in (203 cm)|
January 29, 1979 |
San Francisco, California
|Wins by KO||17|
Flores is the grandson of Ralph Flores, the pilot who crashed his small plane in the wilds of Canada's Yukon Territory in February 1963 and survived, along with his passenger Helen Klaben, for 49 days, subsisting mostly on melted snow. Ralph and Helen's story was later made into a movie titled, "Hey, I'm Alive", which starred Edward Asner as Ralph and Sally Struthers as Helen. The film was released in 1975.
Born into a boxing family, Flores began attending the gym at four years old while watching his father Frank Flores train his older brothers and assist Olympic coach Ken Adams train future champions Vince Phillips and Kennedy McKinney. Prior to graduating from Willard High School in Willard, Missouri, Flores was an all state selection in football and track & field. Flores was offered a full football scholarship to BYU.
Flores took two years of from BYU to serve a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Mexico Culiacan Mission. For two years Flores lived in one of the poorest areas of Mexico and helped by assisting in building houses, roofs, and other labor work for those less fortunate.
While in Culiacán, Flores began training at the same gym where Julio Caesar Chavez trained as a child. After watching Flores hand out numerous beatings in sparring sessions, the locals began calling him "Peligroso" meaning "dangerous".
Flores had a stellar amateur career prior to turning professional. In 1997, he won the National Golden Gloves light heavyweight championship. In 2001 and 2002, He won the National Amateur heavyweight championship.
Flores made his professional debut on May 3, 2003, in Las Vegas, Nevada against Dallas Lane. Flores put three lefts together early in round one to send Lane to the canvas. He beat the count but crumpled quickly from an overhand right that caused the referee to stop the bout.
After winning his next two fights, Flores fought Gabriel Taylor on October 3, 2003, in Houston, Texas. Flores wobbled Taylor several times to the point that the referee stopped the fight in round two. Flores found himself in trouble in his next fight against Semisi Bloomfield after Flores was dropped twice in round two. However, Flores managed to come back and fight him to a draw.
Flores fought Christopher Hairston on January 24, 2004, at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Flores had Hairston on the canvas twice before Hairston refused to continue. Two months later, Flores defeated Eric French by unanimous decision. On May 8, 2004, Flores knocked out Brian Maclin with a left hook.
After winning his next eight fights, Flores fought Ali Supreme on May 13, 2006, at the Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Phoenix, Arizona. Flores went on the offensive and knocked Supreme to the canvas with a vicious flurry late in the first round. Ali tried to stand but buckled, and the referee stopped the fight.
After defeating Gary Dydell, Flores fought Chris Thomas on January 19, 2007. Flores won by unanimous decision. Flores won his next two fights against Patrick Nwamu and Andy Sample.
Flores fought Darnell Wilson for the United States Boxing Association cruiserweight title on February 8, 2008, in Dover, Delaware. Flores used ring movement to avoid the aggression of Wilson on the way to a unanimous decision victory.
IBO Cruiserweight Championship
Professional boxing record
|27 Wins (17 knockouts, 10 decisions), 1 Loss (0 knockouts, 1 decision), 1 Draw |
|Win||39-5-1||Hugo Pineda||TKO||6||28/01/2012||Abou Ben Adhem Shrine Mosque, Springfield, Missouri, United States||Referee stopped the bout at 2:34 of the sixth round.|
|Win||11-3-1||Paul Jennette||UD||10||15/10/2011||Drury University, Springfield, Missouri, United States||WBC Continental Americas/WBA Fedelatin Cruiserweight Titles. 100-90, 100-90, 100-90.|
|Win||16-2||Nicholas "Showstopper" Iannuzzi||RTD||5||23/07/2011||Drury University, Springfield, Missouri, United States||NABA USA/WBO NABO Cruiserweight Titles. Iannuzzi retired at 3:00 of the fifth round.|
|Loss||30-3||Danny Green||UD||12||17/11/2010||Challenge Stadium, Mount Claremont, Western Australia, Australia||IBO World Cruiserweight Title. 110-118, 111-118, 112-117.|
|Win||29-7-1||Epifanio Mendoza||TKO||4||15/08/2009||Mississippi Coast Coliseum, Biloxi, Mississippi, United States||WBO NABO Cruiserweight Title. Referee stopped the bout at 1:19 of the fourth round.|
|Win||16-5||Jose Luis Herrera||UD||10||21/03/2009||Pensacola Civic Center, Pensacola, Florida, United States||WBO NABO Cruiserweight Title. 98-92, 99-91, 99-91.|
|Win||13-3||Matt "Hurricane" Hicks||TKO||3||23/01/2009||Plaza Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Referee stopped the bout at 2:50 of the third round.|
|Win||22-5-3||Darnell Wilson||UD||12||08/02/2008||Dover Downs, Dover, Delaware, United States||IBF USBA Cruiserweight Title/World Cruiserweight Title Eliminator. 115-113, 116-112, 118-110.|
|Win||34-16-2||Andy "Sandman" Sample||TKO||2||13/10/2007||Abou Ben Adhem Shrine Mosque, Springfield, Missouri, United States||Referee stopped the bout at 2:18 of the second round.|
|Win||12-1||Patrick Nwamu||UD||12||02/03/2007||Qwest Arena, Boise, Idaho, United States||IBA World Super Cruiserweight Title. 117-111, 117-111, 116-112.|
|Win||16-6-2||Chris "Cold Steel" Thomas||UD||12||19/01/2007||Knox Arena, Olive Branch, Mississippi, United States||WBF World Super/WBA NBA Super Cruiserweight Titles. 116-112, 116-111, 116-111.|
|Win||8-2||Gary "Twisted Steel" Dydell||TKO||1||30/09/2006||Edinburg Stadium, Edinburg, Texas, United States||Referee stopped the bout at 1:36 of the first round.|
|Win||15-6||Ali Supreme||TKO||1||13/05/2006||Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Phoenix, Arizona, United States||WBF All America Cruiserweight Title. Referee stopped the bout at 2:24 of the first round.|
|Win||17-10||Jermell "The Truth" Barnes||UD||8||28/01/2006||Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States||80-72, 80-72, 78-74.|
|Win||19-18-2||"Gentleman" James Johnson||TKO||5||11/11/2005||Abou Ben Adhem Shrine Mosque, Springfield, Missouri, United States||Referee stopped the bout at 3:00 of the fifth round.|
|Win||12-5||Nate Zeikle||KO||2||20/08/2005||Allstate Arena, Rosemont, Illinois, United States||Zeikle knocked out at 0:34 of the second round.|
|Win||10-1-1||Frank "Fire" Walker||UD||8||15/07/2005||Pechanga Resort and Casino, Temecula, California, United States||80-72, 79-73, 79-73.|
|Win||14-23||Cliff Nellon||TKO||4||26/03/2005||American Bank Center, Corpus Christi, Texas, United States||Referee stopped the bout at 0:10 of the fourth round.|
|Win||14-17-2||Thomas "The Ripper" Cameron||UD||6||03/12/2004||Bally's Atlantic City, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States||59-54, 59-53, 60-53.|
|Win||11-2||Cruz Quintana||TKO||1||25/09/2004||Abou Ben Adhem Shrine Mosque, Springfield, Missouri, United States||Referee stopped the bout at 2:11 of the first round.|
|Win||4-2||John Turlington||TKO||4||17/07/2004||Reliant Center, Houston, Texas, United States||Referee stopped the bout at 2:53 of the fourth round.|
|Win||6-4||Brian Maclin||KO||1||08/05/2004||Casino Del Sol, Tucson, Arizona, United States|
|Win||10-28-3||Eric "Speed Racer" French||UD||4||27/03/2004||Alltell Arena, Little Rock, Arkansas, United States|
|Win||3-8-1||Chris "Tortoise and the" Hairston||TKO||1||24/01/2004||Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States||Referee stopped the bout at 3:00 of the first round.|
|Draw||1-2||Semisi Bloomfield||PTS||4||22/11/2003||Reliant Park, Houston, Texas, United States||37-37, 37-37, 37-37.|
|Win||2-0-1||Gabriel Taylor||TKO||2||03/10/2003||Reliant Park, Houston, Texas, United States||Referee stopped the bout at 2:59 of the second round.|
|Win||2-2||Caesar Carbajal||TKO||1||26/07/2003||Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, United States||Referee stopped the bout at 2:20 of the first round.|
|Win||7-1||"Slim" Jim Franklin||UD||4||17/05/2003||Trump Taj Mahal, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States||40-34, 40-36, 40-35.|
|Win||3-2-1||Dallas "Hurricane" Lane||TKO||1||03/05/2003||Flamingo Hilton, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Referee stopped the bout at 1:02 of the first round.|
Flores has said "I'm beyond frustrated! All the cruiserweights in the world are just ducking me, what a bunch of cowards." He follows former heavyweight champ James Toney, who recently signed a deal with the UFC, and Ricardo Mayorga into the sport of MMA. The fights could be at light heayweight (205-pounds) or middleweight (185-pounds), he signed with promotion company Shine Fights.
|United States Amateur Heavyweight Champion
- Amy Donaldson, "LDS boxer B.J. Flores hopes his next fight is for a title", Deseret News, May 19, 2013.
- "‘Dangerous’ Mormon headlines Plaza card". Las Vegas Sun. 2009-01-22. Retrieved 2009-01-27.
- Green fighting back after Briggs farce - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
- Exclusive Interview With B.J Flores - "I'm Beyond Frustrated!"
- Undefeated Boxer BJ Flores Signs with Shine Fights for MMA Debut - MMAFrenzy.com
- Professional boxing record for B. J. Flores from BoxRec
- ESB Exclusive Interview: B.J. Flores, Changing Perceptions by Troy Ondrizek, 31 May 2006, East Side Boxing
- Official website of B.J. Flores