Gabriel Felix Flores Jr.

Weightclass: Lightweight

  • 9wins

  • 0losses

  • 0draws

  • 5kos

AGE:
18
Birthplace:
Stockton, California
Height:
5'8"
reach:
69"
Managers:
Gabriel Flores Sr.
Trainers:
Gabriel Flores Sr.

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Gabriel Felix Flores Jr.

Just 18 years old – and a recent graduate in the Class of 2018 at Cesar Chavez High School in Stockton, California – Gabriel is a sensational prospect at 130 pounds. Before his debut, he was an amateur standout and a member of the U.S. Junior National Team in 2015 and 2016.

He signed a promotional contract with Top Rank in 2017 and has fought nine times in his first 14 months as a pro. Gabriel has had three fights scheduled for six rounds and gone the full six-round distance two times.

In his last fight on July 7, 2018, in Fresno, California, he won a six-round unanimous decision against James De Herrera.

ESPN.com’s Dan Rafael reported from ringside [excerpts]: Prospect Gabe Flores Jr., an 18-year-old recent high school graduate, rolled to a six-round shutout decision against James De Herrera.

Flores, of Stockton, California, was fighting in his home state for the first time because the California commission would not license him until he turned 18, which he did in May.

De Herrera tried to rough Flores up and made it a scrappy fight, but Flores was in control all the way. He dropped De Herrera to his rear end with a clean left hook on the chin in the first round and went on to win 60-53 on all three scorecards. [End Rafael item]

In his post-fight interview, Gabriel said, “I believe I did good on this fight, but I could’ve done way better. I should’ve listened to my father. He was asking me to use my legs, but I saw that I was hurting De Herrera and almost got him out of there. That’s why I kept throwing to the head. Next time I promise a way better performance.”

Boxingscene.com’s Francisco Salazar wrote [June 9, 2018 – excerpts]: Gabriel Flores Jr. graduated from Cesar Chavez High School in his hometown of Stockton, California last week.

While his classmates will begin their summer vacations by working jobs, partying, or lounging by the pool, Flores will continue making a name for himself and solidify his standing as a legit prospect.

Even at a young age and with the limited amount of fights as a pro, Flores has so far impressed with his improving skill-set and legit power he has displayed in recent fights. His maturity in and out of the ring are off the charts.

Flores, who is trained by his father Gabriel, Sr., had an extensive amateur background, fighting in and winning prestigious tournaments in and around Stockton and abroad.

After contemplating whether to continue his amateur career, Flores decided to turn pro, signing a promotional contract with Top Rank at the age of 16, the youngest to ever do so in boxing. With a pro style that will only get better, turning pro was a no-brainer for Flores.

“I made the best decision turning pro,” said Flores. “I don’t regret signing that contract and turning pro. The Olympics just wasn’t for me. I was 16 at the time. I became the youngest signed fighter by signing with Top Rank. To me, something that hadn’t happened before compared to fighting in the Olympics, I’ll take something I’m very proud of and that is signing with Top Rank.”

Aside from punching power, Flores has showed exceptional maturity and the ability to not waste extra punches during a fight.

“Picking my shots. I pick my punches better now than when I was an amateur. Ever since I’ve been young, my father has always had me fight a pro style. We were having trouble in the amateurs because we were getting robbed a lot. These fighters were throwing a lot of punches, but they were missing all of them. I would connect with two, three, or four punches, and everyone would see I would win these rounds. So, when it came to the pros, it wasn’t that hard to make that adjustment.

“I take it day-by-day. I’m very grateful and I stay motivated. I look at the big picture and I know why I’m here. I know what I’m here for.” [End Salazar 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

  • 2018

    In his last fight on 7-7-18 in Fresno, CA, he won a 6 round unanimous decision against James De Herrera (4-4): the bout was on the undercard of the Egidijus Kavaliauskas vs. Juan Abreu main event; De Herrera fought aggressively and gave a determined effort, but Gabriel dominated the fight; he scored a knockdown with a left hook in the 1st round, consistently out-boxed De Herrera, and rocked him several times; scored 60-53 on all three scorecards.

    On 6-9-18 in Las Vegas, NV, he won a 4 round unanimous decision against Jorge Rojas (4-3-1): the bout was on the undercard of the Terence Crawford vs. Jeff Horn main event, and Gabriel dominated the fight; he consistently landed the harder punches, rocked Rojas repeatedly, and won by shutout scores of 40-36 on all three scorecards.

    On 4-20-18 in Las Vegas he won a 6 round unanimous decision against Alejandro Rochin (5-1): the bout was on the undercard at Cox Pavilion; he out-boxed and out-worked Rochin, dominated the fight, and won by shutout scores of 60-54 on all three scorecards.

    On 2-3-18 in Corpus Christi, TX, he won by TKO (1st round) against Alex Solorio (4-2): the scheduled 6-rounder was on the undercard of the Gilberto Ramirez vs. Habib Ahmed main event, and Gabriel quickly overpowered him; he rocked Solorio with a series of unanswered punches in the 1st round, and the referee stopped the fight at 2:31.

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  • 2017

    On 11-17-17 in Reno, NV, he won by TKO (2nd round) against Alexander Acuna (2-1): the scheduled 4-rounder headlined at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center, and Gabriel quickly overpowered him; he staggered Acuna with a right hand in the 1st round, then scored two knockdowns moments later, the first with a left hook, the second with a right hand; he scored another knockdown with a left hook early in the 2nd, and the referee stopped the fight at 0:29…

    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 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 on 5-5-17 in Reno 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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