BJ Flores speaking in Miami, Florida (Photo: Hustle Boss)
By Chris Robinson
Former interim title challenger BJ Flores is in Miami this week, as he will be in the corner of popular YouTube star-turned debuting boxer Jake Paul ahead of his grudge match vs. Ali Eson Gib. Paul vs. Gib will take place on DAZN later tonight, as a chief undercard attraction to WBO middleweight champion Demetrius Andrade’s title defense vs. Irishman Luke Keeler.
But I was actually more interested in Flores’ take on the looming rematch between WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder and former lineal heavyweight champion Tyson Fury. The two giants face off for a second time on February 22 in Las Vegas, with everyone’s memory of their split-draw verdict from December 2018 still lingering.
Flores likes Wilder to find a way to end things this time around.
“I’ve got to go with Wilder, but I can’t wait for the fight,” Flores said. “I love Fury. I think it’s going to be a great fight. Fury’s got he personality, the work ethic, the heart; he’s hilarious. But I’ve got to go with Wilder. I think Wilder can get it done a little quicker this time. Either guy wins, I’m happy, because I think they’re both great for the heavyweight division.”
Asked to elaborate on why he feels the champion will defend his title, Flores points towards Wilder’s power.
“Anything he touches evaporates,” said Flores. “He’s a tremendous puncher.”
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