B. J. Flores

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B.J. Flores
Statistics
Real name Benjamin Flores
Nickname(s) El Peligroso
Rated at Cruiserweight
Height 6 feet 3 inches (1.91 m)
Reach 80 in (203 cm)
Nationality United States American
Born (1979-01-29) January 29, 1979 (age 35)
San Francisco, California
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 29
Wins 27
Wins by KO 17
Losses 1
Draws 1
No contests 0

B J Flores is a Mexican-American professional boxer and mixed martial artist.

Personal life[edit]

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.[1] 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".[2]

Amateur career[edit]

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.

Professional career[edit]

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[edit]

Flores lost to IBO Cruiserweight Champion Danny Green in November 2010 and by unanimous decision, the first loss of his career.[3]

Professional boxing record[edit]

27 Wins (17 knockouts, 10 decisions), 1 Loss (0 knockouts, 1 decision), 1 Draw [1]
Result Record Opponent Type Round Date Location Notes
Win 39-5-1 Colombia Hugo Pineda TKO 6 28/01/2012 Missouri Abou Ben Adhem Shrine Mosque, Springfield, Missouri, United States Referee stopped the bout at 2:34 of the sixth round.
Win 11-3-1 United States Paul Jennette UD 10 15/10/2011 Missouri Drury University, Springfield, Missouri, United States WBC Continental Americas/WBA Fedelatin Cruiserweight Titles. 100-90, 100-90, 100-90.
Win 16-2 United States Nicholas "Showstopper" Iannuzzi RTD 5 23/07/2011 Missouri Drury University, Springfield, Missouri, United States NABA USA/WBO NABO Cruiserweight Titles. Iannuzzi retired at 3:00 of the fifth round.
Loss 30-3 Australia Danny Green UD 12 17/11/2010 Australia Challenge Stadium, Mount Claremont, Western Australia, Australia IBO World Cruiserweight Title. 110-118, 111-118, 112-117.
Win 29-7-1 Colombia Epifanio Mendoza TKO 4 15/08/2009 Mississippi 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 Colombia Jose Luis Herrera UD 10 21/03/2009 Florida Pensacola Civic Center, Pensacola, Florida, United States WBO NABO Cruiserweight Title. 98-92, 99-91, 99-91.
Win 13-3 United States Matt "Hurricane" Hicks TKO 3 23/01/2009 Nevada Plaza Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Referee stopped the bout at 2:50 of the third round.
Win 22-5-3 United States Darnell Wilson UD 12 08/02/2008 Delaware Dover Downs, Dover, Delaware, United States IBF USBA Cruiserweight Title/World Cruiserweight Title Eliminator. 115-113, 116-112, 118-110.
Win 34-16-2 United States Andy "Sandman" Sample TKO 2 13/10/2007 Missouri Abou Ben Adhem Shrine Mosque, Springfield, Missouri, United States Referee stopped the bout at 2:18 of the second round.
Win 12-1 United States Patrick Nwamu UD 12 02/03/2007 Idaho Qwest Arena, Boise, Idaho, United States IBA World Super Cruiserweight Title. 117-111, 117-111, 116-112.
Win 16-6-2 United States Chris "Cold Steel" Thomas UD 12 19/01/2007 Mississippi Knox Arena, Olive Branch, Mississippi, United States WBF World Super/WBA NBA Super Cruiserweight Titles. 116-112, 116-111, 116-111.
Win 8-2 United States Gary "Twisted Steel" Dydell TKO 1 30/09/2006 Texas Edinburg Stadium, Edinburg, Texas, United States Referee stopped the bout at 1:36 of the first round.
Win 15-6 United States Ali Supreme TKO 1 13/05/2006 Arizona 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 United States Jermell "The Truth" Barnes UD 8 28/01/2006 New Jersey Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States 80-72, 80-72, 78-74.
Win 19-18-2 United States "Gentleman" James Johnson TKO 5 11/11/2005 Missouri Abou Ben Adhem Shrine Mosque, Springfield, Missouri, United States Referee stopped the bout at 3:00 of the fifth round.
Win 12-5 United States Nate Zeikle KO 2 20/08/2005 Illinois Allstate Arena, Rosemont, Illinois, United States Zeikle knocked out at 0:34 of the second round.
Win 10-1-1 United States Frank "Fire" Walker UD 8 15/07/2005 California Pechanga Resort and Casino, Temecula, California, United States 80-72, 79-73, 79-73.
Win 14-23 United States Cliff Nellon TKO 4 26/03/2005 Texas American Bank Center, Corpus Christi, Texas, United States Referee stopped the bout at 0:10 of the fourth round.
Win 14-17-2 United States Thomas "The Ripper" Cameron UD 6 03/12/2004 New Jersey Bally's Atlantic City, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States 59-54, 59-53, 60-53.
Win 11-2 United States Cruz Quintana TKO 1 25/09/2004 Missouri Abou Ben Adhem Shrine Mosque, Springfield, Missouri, United States Referee stopped the bout at 2:11 of the first round.
Win 4-2 United States John Turlington TKO 4 17/07/2004 Texas Reliant Center, Houston, Texas, United States Referee stopped the bout at 2:53 of the fourth round.
Win 6-4 United States Brian Maclin KO 1 08/05/2004 Arizona Casino Del Sol, Tucson, Arizona, United States
Win 10-28-3 United States Eric "Speed Racer" French UD 4 27/03/2004 Arkansas Alltell Arena, Little Rock, Arkansas, United States
Win 3-8-1 United States Chris "Tortoise and the" Hairston TKO 1 24/01/2004 New Jersey Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States Referee stopped the bout at 3:00 of the first round.
Draw 1-2 Tonga Semisi Bloomfield PTS 4 22/11/2003 Texas Reliant Park, Houston, Texas, United States 37-37, 37-37, 37-37.
Win 2-0-1 United States Gabriel Taylor TKO 2 03/10/2003 Texas Reliant Park, Houston, Texas, United States Referee stopped the bout at 2:59 of the second round.
Win 2-2 United States Caesar Carbajal TKO 1 26/07/2003 California Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, United States Referee stopped the bout at 2:20 of the first round.
Win 7-1 United States "Slim" Jim Franklin UD 4 17/05/2003 New Jersey Trump Taj Mahal, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States 40-34, 40-36, 40-35.
Win 3-2-1 United States Dallas "Hurricane" Lane TKO 1 03/05/2003 Nevada Flamingo Hilton, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Referee stopped the bout at 1:02 of the first round.

MMA career[edit]

Flores has said "I'm beyond frustrated! All the cruiserweights in the world are just ducking me, what a bunch of cowards."[4] 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.[5]

Preceded by
Michael Bennett
United States Amateur Heavyweight Champion
2001-2002
Succeeded by
Devin Vargas

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