Greg Leon: What made you sign with Salita Promotions?
BJ Flores: "A promoter like Salita Promotions is going to create demand for me and I need that. He's excited to work with me and I'm excited to work with him because I know he's going to get me the fights I want. I was with Al (Haymon) for a few years and he's got a lot going on and he's got a lot fighters and I'm not at the top of the list. I'm not Floyd Mayweather, I'm not Errol Spence, this is a business and I understand that. We think there's a lot of good fights out there for us and I know he's going to make them happen for me. I just can't afford to waste any more time. Dmitriy is a former fighter, he knows the business and he's a really sharp guy. He's getting his name out there and I'm very happy to be associated with him."
GL: You got two wins this year, what fight would you like to make to elevate your status in the heavyweight division?
BJ: "I would love Dillian Whyte and that's a fight that I would love to make. I could fight him on February 6th now that I'm not boiling down to 200. To be honest with you, if it weren't for how dominant I was in the first two rounds of the Bellew fight, I would have for sure retired after that fight. For the Bellew fight, I thought if I went out there and got dominated in a fight like that after training the way I did then it's time for me to call it a day. I was very happy with the first two rounds, then early in the third round I got that blow to my leg, really my testicles and once I got hit there I could not recover. It was an excruciating pain, but after seeing how I looked in those first two rounds I feel like heavyweight would do me good. The top guys are very good, but the guys below them aren't that good at all. They're big and they're strong, but they're not that talented as far as technical ability and how they fight. Of course that doesn't mean too much in the heavyweight division because one punch can change everything. I realize that and me coming in at 230 is going to be a lot better for me than boiling myself down to 200 for weeks on weeks."
GL: There's a few interesting fights out there for you, I don't want to start throwing names at you, is there a fight out there you like more than others.
BJ: "They offered me Sergey Kuzmin and I accepted the fight, but by the time they got back to me Amir Mansour had gotten the fight. They asked me if I wanted to be a back up for Povetkin, but with him coming off of two PED suspensions, I don't know if they're testing him extra strict, and I don't know how he's going to look off the stuff. I think he's still a great fighter and he would have been my toughest challenge, but they chose to go the WBO route instead of the WBA. Lucas Browne, Dillian Whyte, Alexander Povetkin are all names that have come up in the last several weeks and I'm willing to face any of them."
GL: What are your goals for next year?
BJ: "I want a big fight. I need a big fight at heavyweight, I've had two easy fights this year and to be honest with you it's hard for me to get excited fighting guys like that. I need something that's going to motivate me. I still took care of business in those fights, but I need something that really motivates me. I need big name guys that I'm nervous about. I want the signature win. It's not just about fighting those guys for me, it's about winning and getting that victory. I need that signature win."
"I did the shows in Arizona myself to stay busy and they did well ticket wise, they sold out, but now I need to focus on nothing but putting the work in while Dmitriy creates the demand for the fights we're looking for."
GL: Closing thoughts?
BJ: "Once you've been in big fights you don't want the small ones anymore. After my last loss, I knew I had to go back to the drawing board and I did it, but now it's time for me to get back where I should have been a long time ago."