By Francisco Salazar
Former world title challenger Jose Shibata Flores does not want to challenge any fighter. Not yet at least. However, he wants to challenge himself to see if he still has what it takes to fight at the highest level of competition. Based on his performance on Friday night, Flores looks like he is slowly moving in the right direction. Flores won a six round unanimous decision over Ishwar Amador before a crowd of about 750 at the Quiet Cannon in Montebello, CA.
The “Battle of the Rising Stars” card was promoted by All Star Promotions.
The last time fight fans saw Flores on a national stage was almost eight years ago, when he lost a 10 round unanimous decision to Verno Phillips. Flores decided to step away from boxing and focused on recording music in the United States and Mexico.
Flores, who is best known for falling short in his only attempt at a world title belt against Fernando Vargas in 2001, returned to the ring in January of this year. In that bout, he won after the second round as Roberto Valenzuela was not able to continue after the second round because of an injury.
Amador had not fought in over five years. He has been a crowd favorite in Southern California for his aggressive style that has earned spectacular knockout victories or defeats to better fighters.
Both fighters did well in the opening round. The southpaw Flores was the more accurate fighter, but Amador was able to utilize his aggressive style by landing overhand rights to the head.
During an exchange, Flores dropped Amador in the second round with a left hand to the head. Amador was not visibly hurt, as it was more that Amador lost his balance from the punch. After getting up, Amador pressed forward, hoping to catch Flores being too aggressive. However, during an exchange, both fighters’ heads collided unintentionally, producing a cut over the right eye of Flores. Fortunately for Flores, the cut was not a factor for the rest of the fight.
Although Amador continued to press forward during the middle rounds, his punches did not have the same effect as they had before. Flores dominated these rounds by landing the more effective punches. The final two rounds of the bout also belonged to Flores as well. He allowed for Amador to come at him, then countered effectively to the head of Amador.
Flores rocked Amador in the first half of the sixth round. A barrage of hard punches to the head had Amador on wobbly legs. However, Amador showed a lot of heart as he hung in there, even fighting back, hoping to hurt Flores. However, Amador was throwing arm punches, with little effect on them. Flores was the fresher of the two fighters until the final bell.
All three judges scored the bout in favor of Flores, with scores of 58-55, 58-55, and 60-53. Fightnews.com scored the bout 59-54 in favor of Flores.
Afterwards, Flores was pleased with getting the victory, but was modest in describing the action.
“This was not a tough fight, but he was a tough fighter,” said Flores, who made his professional debut in September of 1990. “This was an even fight. He’s a strong fighter, but not with a lot of experience. The head butts may have made things a little difficult. However, I allowed him to come at me and then I just countered.”
Asked about what he plans to do in the future, Flores responded, “I’m back in the ring because I made a challenge to myself. This fight was a good indication of my future, which looks well. I see (Antonio) Margarito and all of these fighters at a very high level. When I stepped away from the sport, I did music and it took me two years to get my body back to where I was. Hopefully, I will look for better fights against better fighters in the future.”
Flores, from Los Angeles, CA by of Navajoa, Sinaloa, Mexico, improves to 45-10, 26 KO’s. Amador, Mira Loma, CA, falls to 11-8, 7 KO’s.
Martinez bests Armenta
Lightweight Aalan Martinez dropped Martin Armenta once during their bout, but settled for a four round unanimous decision victory.
Martinez opened the fight by landing the more effective punches of the two. Armenta attempted to counter, but missed often early in the fight.
The southpaw Martinez dropped Armenta with a right hand to the body in the second round. Although he was not visibly hurt, Armenta did not back down, standing in front of Martinez and trading punches. However, Martinez landed the more effective punches of the two.
Martinez maintained control of the bout as it progressed. Although Armenta was game, he was outclassed. Martinez was able to stun Armenta in the final moments of the fight, but was not able to follow it up.
All three judges scored the bout in favor of Martinez, with scores of 40-35, 40-35, and 38-37. Fightnews.com scored the bout 40-35 in favor of Martinez.
Martinez, from East Los Angeles, CA, improves to 8-0-1, 4 KO’s. Armenta, from Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico, drops to 12-25-3, although Boxrec.com listed Armenta as 14-24-3, 10 KO’s before his fight against Martinez.
Flores defeats Davis
Heavyweight Alex Flores withstood a determined, but out of shape Cornell Davis, winning a four round unanimous decision.
Flores (no relation to Jose Shibata Flores) was the busier fighter, but Davis landed the harder and more effective punches in the first round.
During the second round, Davis began to noticeably tire. As he stood in front of Flores, Davis would tie up Flores’ arms or hold him. Flores wisely attacked Davis’ body in the third round, eventually following those up with overhand rights to the head.
Davis in the final two rounds attempted to get a second wind. He would fight in spurts or land one heavy punch to the head or body of Flores. However, Flores was at his best as he created space between him and Davis. As Davis was looking for a punch to do damage, Flores was the more effective fighter and closed the fight well.
All three judges scored the bout in favor of Flores, with scores of 40-36, 40-36, and 39-37. Fightnews.com scored the bout 39-37 in favor of Flores.
Flores, from Rowland Heights, CA, goes to 3-0, 2 KO’s. Davis, from Lancaster, CA, falls to 3-13-3.
– Former world champion Bobby Chacon, Welterweight Aron Martinez, boxing analyst Fernando Paramo, Los Angeles radio personality Humberto Luna, and actors Miguel Angel Rodriguez and Carmen Jara watched the action from ringside.
– Seven amateur MMA bouts preceded the boxing portion of the card.
– Three boxing matches were cancelled because of unforeseen circumstances beyond the control of the promoter.
– Ring announcer was Jim Fitzgerald.