fighter

Gabriel Flores Jr.

Weightclass: Lightweight

  • 4wins

  • 0losses

  • 0draws

  • 3kos

AGE:
17
Birthplace:
Stockton, California
Height:
5'8"
reach:
69"
Managers:
Gabriel Flores Sr.
Trainers:
Gabriel Flores Sr.

fighter feed

Gabriel "Lil G" Flores Jr.

Just 17 years old – and a member of the Class of 2018 at Cesar Chavez High School in Stockton, California – Gabriel recently signed a promotional contract with Top Rank.

A sensational prospect at 130 pounds, he was an amateur standout and a member of the U.S. Junior National Team in 2015 and 2016.

He has fought four times in his first four months as a pro.

In his last fight on September 29 in Dallas, Texas, Gabriel won by second-round TKO against Donnie Reeves.

ESPN.com’s Dan Rafael reported [excerpts]: Flores, of Stockton, California, is the youngest fighter to ever sign with Top Rank, doing so when he was 16, but he had to wait until he was 17 to have his first pro fight in May.

He took on Reeves, also 17, of Hannibal, Missouri, and dominated. He nailed Reeves repeatedly until [the] referee elected to stop the fight at 1 minute, 25 seconds of the second round. Even though Reeves never hit the deck he took punishment and it was the right call. [End Rafael item]

Gabriel made his pro debut on May 5 – only four days after his 17th birthday – in Reno, Nevada, and won by second-round knockout against Devon Jones.

The Reno Gazette-Journal’s Jim Krajewski reported from ringside [excerpts]: It was not his hometown, but Reno felt like home to Gabe Flores.

Flores, from Stockton, made his professional boxing debut a stellar one….

Flores had a huge crowd roaring for his every move. Promoters said Flores sold at least 400 tickets, more than any other boxer on the seven-fight card.

He wore a t-shirt with a photo of his mother on it after the fight.

His mother, Juanita Maldonado, was shot while attending a child’s birthday party in Stockton on March 17, 2013. She died the following day at age 35. [End Krajewski item]

In an earlier interview, Gabriel said, “I train at the Los Gallos Boxing Academy in Stockton. It’s my dad’s gym.

“I’ve been to a few training camps, too. I went to L.A. to spar Oscar Valdez, Jessie Magdaleno, and Emilio Sanchez.

“I spar a lot of pros. Sometimes I get in the ring with Andy Vences – I’ve known him  since I was an amateur, probably since I was 11. He’s like my big brother, he trains at Los Gallos, too. I also spar with Tino Avila.

“I’d say I’m a pure boxer. I like to keep my distance and use my jab and my straight punches, but if it comes down to it, I can fight on the inside – I can do anything it takes to win.

“My favorite boxer of all time is Roy Jones Jr. Sometimes I’ll do a little showboating like he does, and sometimes I do that little jump-in hook.”

fight history

  • 2017

    In his last fight on 9-29-17 in Dallas, TX, he won by TKO (2nd round) against Donnie Reeves (1-0): the scheduled 4-rounder was on the undercard at Gilley’s, and Gabriel quickly overpowered him; Reeves gave a determined effort, but Gabriel consistently landed the harder punches and rocked him repeatedly; he staggered Reeves with a series of punches in the 2nd round, and the referee stopped the fight at 1:25.

    On 8-12-17 in Fallon, NV, he won a 4 round unanimous decision against Jorge Padron (1-0): the bout was on the undercard of the Fallon Rural Rumble, and Gabriel dominated the fight; he consistently out-boxed and out-worked Padron, landed the harder punches, and won by shutout scores of 40-36 on all three scorecards.

    On 6-30-17 in Dallas, TX, he won by TKO (4th round) against Jahaziel Vazquez (1-4): the scheduled 4-rounder was on the undercard at The Bomb Factory, and Gabriel dominated the fight – he consistently out-boxed and out-worked Vazquez, and landed the harder punches; Vazquez’ right eye swelled nearly shut by the 4th round – Gabriel rocked him with a series of punches, Vazquez’ cornerman stepped onto the ring apron to signal the end, and the referee stopped the fight at 1:59.

    He debuted at the age of 17 in Reno, NV, and won by knockout (2nd round) against Devon Jones (2-2): the scheduled 4-rounder was on the undercard at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center, and Gabriel quickly overwhelmed him; he staggered Jones with a series of punches in the 2nd round, and the referee stopped the fight.

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