BJ Flores to face Chris Thomas

By Matt Goldstein


BJ Flores to face Chris Thomas

On Saturday, January 13, 2007 in Memphis Tennessee, "El Peligroso" BJ Flores, the undefeated cruiserweight, will take on the hard hitting brawler, Chris "Cold Steel" Thomas, 16-6-2.  With 14 of his 16 wins coming by way of knockout, Chris Thomas is the biggest test of Flores' career.  As a two time national champion with a 17-0-1 (12 KOs) pro record, Flores feels this is the perfect time in his career to step up and start looking at real competition.  "I am ready.  I am ready to destroy the cruiserweight division.  They have no idea what's coming.  Yes, Chris Thomas has knocked out a lot of his opponents, but now that I am a cruiserweight, I’m the puncher.” 
Regarded as having a strong jab, and coming off of two consecutive first round knockouts, Flores hopes to make serious noise in 2007.  “This is the most dangerous opponent I have fought.  It’s one of the reasons took the fight.  He’s got real KO power, but I am ready.  I’ve been a pro for almost 4 years now.  I am at my proper weight now and I am ready to step up.  I am not looking past Chris Thomas, but we are looking to step it up even bigger after we knock him out.” 

At 27 years of age, the poised and confident Flores knows that now is the time to make his mark on the boxing world.  After Thomas and an additional fight in March, Flores will begin eyeing all four recognized cruiserweight straps.  “The WBA, IBF, WBC and WBO, I want all of them.  We want all of the titles.” 

Flores' style has been cultivated by world renowned trainer, Danny Smith.  “With moving down to cruiserweight, my jab has just gotten that much stronger, especially working with Danny Smith.  Danny has me sitting back on my punches and I have developed a more powerful and more technically proficient right hand and left hook.  I have also developed two jabs.  I use one jab to back my opponents up and I use another jab to set up the straight right hand.”  Flores is working on his ability to cut off the ring and use angles and size to his advantage.  But he can sum up the move to the 200-pound division in one sentence. “Now that I’m a cruiserweight, I’m the puncher.”