Junior lightweight prospect Gabriel Flores Jr., who was taking the biggest step up in competition of his young career, dropped former world title challenger Jayson Velez twice in an impressive sixth-round knockout victory in the co-feature.
Flores (20-0, 7 KOs), 20, of Stockton, California, controlled the fight and then landed a left hook to the temple in the sixth round that dropped Velez (29-8-1, 21 KOs), 32, of Puerto Rico, who was very unsteady when he beat the count. Moments later, Flores landed another left hook and he went down again, and referee Tony Weeks waved off the fight at 1:47.
“I sent a statement that I’m ready for a world title,” Flores said. “I hit him, and he didn’t see the punch coming. That’s why he was so hurt. I could’ve done it earlier. I was playing with my food. Nothing was really going on those first five rounds, to be honest. I was just feeling him out.
“I would love to get the winner of (world titlist) Jamel Herring a=nd Carl Frampton. I’d love that. I’m going to keep on working, and my performances are going to get better and better.” by Dan Rafael