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Gabe Flores Jr. overcomes adversity to win ESPN debut

Lightweight Gabe Flores Jr. of Stockton, Ca, overcame an early deficit to win his ESPN debut from the Save Mart Center in Fresno, Ca, against tough veteran Roger Gutierrez via six-round decision.

 

Flores Jr., from the neighboring Stockton, Ca, started the fight off with a very active jab and controlled the round until the final second of the round when an awkward glancing blow hit Flores Jr. and dropped him, the referee ruled it a knockdown.

The second round saw Flores Jr. outbox the awkward Gutierrez in a round he controlled with his left hand. The third round saw Gutierrez lose a point when the referee ruled Gutierrez was aiming for the back of Flores Jr.’s head too much. The fourth and fifth saw Flores Jr. landed the cleaner punches, but Gutierrez continuously presses forward. The final round saw Flores Jr. control the action picking up the decision.

The judges scored the bout 59-54 two times and 58-54 for Gabe Flores Jr.

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  • Hugh Phillips

    Flores has a ton of talent. Yeah, saw a few defensive lapses that I’m sure he will correct as he grows, this kid is only 18. I think his power will increase as well. This kid has all the talent to be not only a champion but could, with the right training…be a great.