B. J. Flores

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Not to be confused with Benjamin Flores.
B.J. Flores
Statistics
Real name Benjamin Flores
Nickname(s) El Peligroso
Rated at Cruiserweight
Height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Reach 80 in (203 cm)
Nationality American
Born (1979-01-29) January 29, 1979 (age 37)
San Francisco, California, US
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 35
Wins 32
Wins by KO 20
Losses 2
Draws 1
No contests 0

B J Flores is an 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.

Born into a boxing family, Flores began attending the gym at the age of four years 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 off 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]

Fight against Beibut Shumenov[edit]

On July 25, 2015 Flores took on Kazakhstan’s Beibut Shumenov in a Premier Boxing Champions fight night at the Palms Casino Resort, Las Vegas. The fight was broadcast live on NBCSN. Flores pressed the action throughout, serving as the aggressor much of the night. Shumenov began ramping up his offense more in Round 8, throwing combinations and taking advantage of a tiring Flores. Flores crushed Shumenov with a hard right in Round 12 but it was too late in the fight for him to capitalize further, resulting in unanimous decision win for Shumenov and the capture of the interim WBA World cruiserweight title.[4]

Career as commentator[edit]

As Flores continued to climb the ranks in the 200-pound division, Flores began pulling double duty by 2012, working as a ringside analyst, and he is now part of the Premier Boxing Champions on NBC broadcast team.[5]

Professional boxing record[edit]

31 Wins (20 knockouts, 11 decisions), 2 Loss (0 knockouts, 2 decision), 1 Draw[6]
Result Record Opponent Type Round Date Location Notes
Loss 31-2-1 Kazakhstan Beibut Shumenov UD 12 25/07/2015 United States Palms Casino Resort, Las Vegas, Nevada For interm WBA Cruiserweight title.
Win 31-1-1 United States Kevin Engel TKO 3 08/10/2014 United States Beau Rivage Resort & Casino, Biloxi, Mississippi
Win 30-1-1 United States Anthony Caputo Smith UD 8 27/06/2014 United States Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 29-1-1 United States Adam Collins KO 1 10/05/2014 United States USC Galen Center, Los Angeles, California
Win 28-1-1 United States David McNemar TKO 2 06/10/2012 United States Shrine Mosque, Springfield, Missouri WBO NABO cruiserweight title/ WBA-NABA cruiserweight title
Win 27-1-1 Colombia Hugo Pineda TKO 6 28/01/2012 United States Abou Ben Adhem Shrine Mosque, Springfield, Missouri
Win 26-1-1 United States Paul Jennette UD 10 15/10/2011 United States Drury University, Springfield, Missouri, United States WBC Continental Americas/WBA Fedelatin Cruiserweight Titles
Win 25-1-1 United States Nicholas Iannuzzi RTD 5 23/07/2011 United States Drury University, Springfield, Missouri NABA USA/WBO NABO Cruiserweight Titles
Loss 24-1-1 Australia Danny Green UD 12 17/11/2010 Australia Challenge Stadium, Mount Claremont, Western Australia For IBO World Cruiserweight Title
Win 24-0-1 Colombia Epifanio Mendoza TKO 4 15/08/2009 United States Mississippi Coast Coliseum, Biloxi, Mississippi WBO NABO Cruiserweight Title
Win 23-0-1 Colombia Jose Luis Herrera UD 10 21/03/2009 United States Pensacola Civic Center, Pensacola, Florida WBO NABO Cruiserweight Title
Win 22-0-1 United States Matt Hicks TKO 3 23/01/2009 United States Plaza Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 21-0-1 United States Darnell Wilson UD 12 08/02/2008 United States Dover Downs, Dover, Delaware IBF USBA Cruiserweight Title/World Cruiserweight Title Eliminator
Win 20-0-1 United States Andy Sample TKO 2 13/10/2007 United States Abou Ben Adhem Shrine Mosque, Springfield, Missouri
Win 19-0-1 United States Patrick Nwamu UD 12 02/03/2007 United States Qwest Arena, Boise, Idaho IBA World Super Cruiserweight Title
Win 18-0-1 United States Chris Thomas UD 12 19/01/2007 United States Knox Arena, Olive Branch, Mississippi, United States Win WBF World Super/WBA Super Cruiserweight Titles
Win 17-0-1 United States Gary Dydell TKO 1 30/09/2006 United States Edinburg Stadium, Edinburg, Texas
Win 16-0-1 United States Ali Supreme TKO 1 13/05/2006 United States Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Phoenix, Arizona
Win 15-0-1 United States Jermell Barnes UD 8 28/01/2006 United States Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey
Win 14-0-1 United States James Johnson TKO 5 11/11/2005 United States Abou Ben Adhem Shrine Mosque, Springfield, Missouri
Win 13-0-1 United States Nate Zeikle KO 2 20/08/2005 United States Allstate Arena, Rosemont, Illinois
Win 12-0-1 United States Frank Walker UD 8 15/07/2005 United States Pechanga Resort and Casino, Temecula, California
Win 11-0-1 United States Cliff Nellon TKO 4 26/03/2005 United States American Bank Center, Corpus Christi, Texas
Win 10-0-1 United States Thomas Cameron UD 6 03/12/2004 United States Bally's Atlantic City, Atlantic City, New Jersey
Win 9-0-1 United States Cruz Quintana TKO 1 25/09/2004 United States Abou Ben Adhem Shrine Mosque, Springfield, Missouri
Win 8-0-1 United States John Turlington TKO 4 17/07/2004 United States Reliant Center, Houston, Texas
Win 7-0-1 United States Brian Maclin KO 1 08/05/2004 United States Casino Del Sol, Tucson, Arizona
Win 6-0-1 United States Eric French UD 4 27/03/2004 United States Alltell Arena, Little Rock, Arkansas
Win 5-0-1 United States Chris Hairston TKO 1 24/01/2004 United States Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey
Draw 4-0-1 Tonga Semisi Bloomfield PTS 4 22/11/2003 United States Reliant Park, Houston, Texas
Win 4-0 United States Gabriel Taylor TKO 2 03/10/2003 United States Reliant Park, Houston, Texas
Win 3-0 United States Caesar Carbajal TKO 1 26/07/2003 United States Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California
Win 2-0 United States Jim Franklin UD 4 17/05/2003 United States Trump Taj Mahal, Atlantic City, New Jersey
Win 1-0 United States Dallas Lane TKO 1 03/05/2003 United States Flamingo Hilton, Las Vegas, Nevada

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."[7] 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.[8]

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