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Flores wants rematch

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

B.J. Flores gave IBO cruiserweight champion Danny Green one of his toughest fights and revealed that the Australian did not hurt him at any stage during the fight at the Challenge Stadium Perth, Western Australia last Wednesday – and he’s confident he can defeat “The Green Machine” in a rematch. Most of the boxing writers at ringside had the fight was much closer than scores of the IBO judges who had it 116-112, 117-111 and 116-112. Flores said “I know Markus Beyer gave him a rematch so, having made so many fans here in Australia, maybe Team Green could do the same with me. You only had to see Danny after the bout to know what sort of fight I gave him. Check out his eye, his cheek, his jaw. I’m keen to get us fighting again and if, as part of our contract, that means me fighting on one of his undercards, I’d love to do it. But it just wasn’t enough to win in his home town.”

Flores shrugged, “Unfortunately, the close rounds, they all went to Danny. And that’s because he’s a cagey fighter, a smart fighter and against me he was the busier fighter, even if those punches weren’t effective. Honestly, people expected him to blow me over but I was never rocked, never saw stars. His trainer said Danny was going to cut me in half but the punches, they never hurt me. Everyone said ‘oh, BJ Flores is all talk’, said I was just another cocky American. But I think people would agree I backed it up because when was the last time you saw Danny Green forced to fight like that? I don’t think he’s ever been forced to move back like that over 12 rounds.

“Actually, I was disappointed he was moving back the whole time because it felt like I was having to chase down the ferocious puncher. It felt like if I didn’t come forward I wouldn’t have got a fight. He felt a couple of my punches early and didn’t want to come forward, so I tried to make the fight. But he’s very cagey.”

Flores continued, “I came to his home town, weighed in at 195 pounds [88.5kg], I did everything he asked of me. And despite the fact everyone always talks about his power, I was never rocked, never hurt.”

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