Former IBO cruiserweight title challenger BJ Flores has focused his attention on the possibility of facing fledgling 200lber Tony Bellew after witnessing the Brit’s recent win over Valery Brudov in Liverpool.
The 35 year-old, who has lost just once in 30 contests, is on the lookout for rated contender to boost his world championship hopes and sees ‘The Bomber’ as the ideal candidate after his move up from light-heavyweight.
“Tony is a good fighter and he was a pretty good light heavy,” Flores told World Boxing News.
“He is a decent boxer with good style. I think that is why people like him and he has a good following.
“But in all honesty he wouldn’t go twelve rounds with me. One thing you can’t teach is chin and the Brudov fight showed that Bellew can be hurt, although it will be exciting while it lasts.”
American Flores has won his last four since a failed attempt to dethrone Danny Green of his IBO belt in 2010 on the Aussie’s own territory and facing Bellew on his home patch would hold no fear for the top rated contender.
“Bellew says he wants to fight for a title and I say ok. We both are ranked in the top 15 by the WBO and I have no problem going to England to face him. It won’t really matter where we fight,” said Flores.
“Also, we offered him the fight in January and than we saw they signed for Brudov, but maybe now that he has a cruiserweight win he will take a fight with me.
“We are both high up in the rankings so it makes perfect sense to fight each other. If he wants to fight for a title than you have no choice but to beat someone in top 15 and I am more than ready for it.”
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