Rising Gabriel Flores Jr. scored an impressive sixth round knockout over veteran Jayson Velez at The Bubble in Las Vegas, NV. Saturday night.
Flores (20-0, 7 KOs) didn’t move as he as much in the past. Velez looked surprised. He had trained to fight a limber Flores, not a stationary one. Flores found his range and jabbed Velez (29-8-1, 14 KOs) to the body and head. Velez landed a couple of looping lefts. Flores cuffed Velez with a number of shots in round three.
Velez went to the body in attempt to take some spring out of the legs of the 20-year-old Flores. Flores started moving more in round four.
Velez kept up the pressure. Flores picked up the pace in round five. His combinations were on point. Velez ran into a few left hooks. He also clipped Flores with a combination. Flores though was sharp and consistent.
Flores floored the onrushing Velez with a quick temple shot in round six. Velez, a former title challenger, got up on unsteady legs. Flores went to work, ending things with another left to the chin.
Time was 1:40 of round six.
“I sent a statement that I’m ready for a world title,” said Flores after the most important victory of his career.