By Drew Amendola
Declaring himself “Primed and Pumped” for his cruiserweight showdown this Saturday, BJ “El Peligroso” Flores is ready to go toe-to-toe with Columbian banger Jose Luis Herrera for the vacant NABO cruiserweight title. “I have trained very hard and will be coming in well prepared,” said Flores. “This fight WILL not go the distance!” Flores (22-0-1, 14 KOs) is ranked #7 by the WBO and the WBA, #9 by the WBC and #12 by the IBF in addition to being ranked #13 by FightNews. The Miami based Herrera brings a record of 16-5-1 into the battle with Flores, all of his wins and losses coming by knockout. “I am very excited to be fighting for the NABO belt because it will get me closer to facing WBO champion Victor Ramirez,” commented Flores. The Flores vs. Herrera bout will be part of the “MARCH BADNESS” pay per view featuring the return to the ring of boxing legend Roy Jones Jr. in his bout against Omar Sheika.
FightNews spoke with Flores during his final workout earlier this week.
You were a football player in college. How did you get your first exposure to boxing?
I was into all sports. I ran track and played football in high school and college. My brother was a football player at the University of Colorado. My grandfather was a professional boxer. My father worked in the same gym as Kenny Adams when he was in the army. I found out I could make a living in boxing at around 21 or 22. After being the only American to win the “Four Nations” tournament in France, I got allot of real strong offers to turn pro.
Do you have a set training program to prepare for a fight or do you adjust your training to a particular opponent?
We have a set regiment but at the same time we adjust it to the opponent. I fought guys like Herrera. He is a good puncher with a good right hand.
How was your training camp?
The last couple of weeks we have had lots of really good sparing. I enjoy training because boxing is something I love. I get excited about running and going to the gym. I don’t really spar to get in shape. I get in shape before I spar.
How do you prevent yourself from peaking too early in camp?
It is very possible. You can get burnt out. You and your trainer have to pay attention and listen to your body. We have a set schedule that we stick to but if we have to alter it we will.
What is your outlook in the cruiserweight division?
There is a lot of unfinished business in the cruiserweight division. I think Thomas Adamek is the recognized champion to most people. There are allot of good European fighters and there are allot of big fights to be made.
You fought as a heavyweight during the first half of your career. Do you see yourself returning to the heavyweight division?
I am very comfortable fighting as a cruiserweight. As I said earlier, there are a lot of big fights to be made at cruiserweight.
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