El Peligroso? B.J. Flores is certainly a dangerous man. Just ask Jose Luis Herrera, Nick Iannuzzi and Darnell Wilson. That trio of wins comprises an easy victory, an against-all-odds decision and a fighter who ran into a buzzsaw as an angry Flores came off the lone loss of his career in his Greatest Hits.
3 vs. Jose Luis Herrera, March 21, 2009, at the Civic Center in Pensacola, Florida
Unbeaten prospect Aaron Williams was 17-0-1 and hyped up when he took on Herrera in May 2008. Herrera stopped him cold in five rounds and proved he belonged in the 200-pound division after his first fight at that limit.
For a minute.
B.J. Flores came in and dismantled Herrera, cruising to a win by unanimous decision (98-92 and 99-91 twice).
“I was able to control him behind the jab,” Flores said. “I hurt him in the third round with a left uppercut that staggered him, and then after that he just stopped fighting. I wasn’t able to knock him out, unfortunately, but he just stopped fighting. The rest of the fight was pretty easy.”
Herrera never won another fight, taking six more losses in the division after the loss to Flores. Not so much a problem for El Peligroso.
2 vs. Nick Iannuzzi, July 23, 2011, at the O’Reilly Center in Springfield, Missouri
In November 2010, Flores lost to Danny Green. It was (and still is) the only loss of his career, and it wasn’t sitting well with him. Could you blame him? Who wants to go all the way to Australia to drop a decision?
“I was fired up,” Flores said. “The whole Danny Green fight I was fired up after that. I had to go to Australia twice in a seven-week period. The weight on the contract was 194, not 200. I was weak and dead at the scales. People didn’t get to see the best of me. The scoring on the fight was so lopsided even though the fight was very close. I was just fired up the whole way around.”
The unlucky recipient of that anger was Iannuzzi, himself coming off a loss earlier in 2011. It turned into a two-fight losing streak for him, as Flores pounded away for five rounds before Iannuzzi’s corner threw in the towel.
“Nick Iannuzzi was just at the wrong place at the wrong time,” Flores said.
1 vs. Darnell Wilson, February 8, 2008, at Dover Downs Hotel & Casino in Dover, Delaware
Heading into his fight with Wilson, Flores knew it would be the biggest bout of his career. Wilson was a tough veteran, and the Delaware card would be broadcast on Friday Night Fights.
Challenge accepted. Wilson was a heavy hitter who brought 19 knockouts in 22 wins into the fight.
“It was tough,” Flores said. “I knew I had to avoid his big punches. He had a great knockout percentage and a lot of power. I just knew I had to keep him off-balance, hit him enough to gain his respect where I didn’t have to move around too much.
“I knew mentally he was weak. I knew if I started putting some rounds in the bank early, he would have to resort to his old tactics and he wouldn’t be able to stick to his game plan.”
Challenge answered. Flores won a unanimous decision, including a wide 118-110 score from judge George Hill.
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