A Stockton boxer who is only 17 years old makes his professional debut in a special Cinco de Mayo bout Friday night.
Gabriel Flores Jr. takes on Devon Jones, 25, of Sacramento in a four-round lightweight (132 pounds) fight at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center in Reno, Nevada. The boxing world has been excited over the kid for a while. He became the youngest fighter ever to sign a pro contract by Top Rank Inc., but had to weight for his 17th birthday to fight professionally in Nevada. Also, he was ranked the No. 1 fighter in the world in his weight division when he decided to go pro.
As an amateur, Flores, who was born in Guadalajara, Mexico, won 91 fights and lost just seven. Jones is 2-2.
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“I’m excited to see my performance,” Flores told The Record newspaper of Stockon. “I want to see if I look good, I want to see how I landed punches and what mistakes I made so we can fix them for the next fight.”
Flores told The Record that he is expecting friends, family and fans to make the trip to Reno. When he turns 18 next year, his followers may get a chance to catch him fighting in California. Maybe even Stockton.
About the fight
Weigh-in: 5 p.m.
The card: 6 p.m.
Location: Reno-Sparks Convention Center in Reno, Nevada
TV: UniMas and Univision Deportes