Exclusive: BJ Flores gives himself six rounds to KO Tony Bellew
Cruiserweight world title challenger BJ Flores has set himself a victory deadline midway through his fight with WBC champion Tony Bellew when the pair square off on October 15.
Flores was chosen by Bellew to oppose the Liverpudlian at the Echo Arena in the autumn due to the bad blood between the pair in recent weeks on social media.
Matchroom Boxing confirmed the fight this week and Flores believes a war is on the cards that will see him go all out for the knockout over the first six rounds.
“I’m 100% going for the knockout,” Flores exclusively told World Boxing News.
“I’m going to treat this like a six-round fight and pretend I only have six rounds to score the KO. I will be going all out and have absolutely nothing to lose.
“My goal is to make sure this fight doesn’t go twelve rounds so everything will be geared towards a knockout.
“I’m very excited about this challenge and ready to completely focus on what needs to be done to get the victory.”
Asked if he expected the same sort of tactics from Bellew, Flores added: “I see it being a brawl. I expect for him to come out and try to bang, which will be fine by me.
“He knows I’m not running anywhere. I will stand my ground and show him why I’m such a confident fighter. He will not try to outbox me. He is too proud and too eager to give his fans a good show.
“Bellew will be forced to come straight ahead and swing for the fences in this fight.”
Flores, 37, begins as a huge 5/1 underdog with the UK bookmakers to cause an upset but will be hoping to claim a first world title in Liverpool and derail any hopes Bellew has of facing the American’s training partner and friend David Haye in the future.