THE CALLING OUT OF LATEEF KAYODE BEGINS
Press Release: Cruiserweight BJ Flores (27-1 with 18 KOs) watched intently as the fight this past Saturday took place on Showtime between Lateef "Power" Kayode vs. Antonio Tarver. The bout ended in a draw. Neither guy moved forward, yet both received valuable TV exposure. BJ Flores was smiling. "The cruiserweight division is definitely starting to heat up", said Flores who has won three bouts in the last eight months in his hometown of Springfield, Missouri. “Both guys fought well and Tarver started a little slow but came on down the stretch. He definitely Hurt Kayode and showed he can still punch. The decision being a draw was just. I was leaning towards Tarver but this fight was good for the division. Both guys fought well.” But one of the fighters is on the radar of Flores: Lateef Kayode. Flores has desperately tried to secure a fight with the powerful Nigerian and now feels the timing is perfect.
“I want to make a formal challenge to Kayode. This is a fight between two top world rated cruisersweights both trying to get into position for the world title. I need a fight like this to make a statement. It’s no secret that I’ve wanted Kayode for a long time. After he beat Nick Iannuzzi , I contacted Gary Shaw Promotions immediately for a match between us. Well, they went in another direction and I fought Iannuzzi next to make a statement. They said the timing wasn’t right. I respect their decision. But now the Time couldn’t be more right! I have had three fights in eight months and would love to face Kayode next. He has shown improvements and this fight can be big. We can do it in Springfield, Missouri and sell 5000 seats with this on Showtime or any network! But the truth of the matter is I will fight you anywhere. I just want it to be known that the money is there and we can easily make this happen”
"This is the kind of fight I need. I respect Kayode and his manager Steve Feder. I respect Gary Shaw Productions. I know this will be a difficult fight and this will bring out the best in me. I need a challenge like this. GSP, my phone lines are open!”