B.J Flores - "A Fight Between Me And Marco Huck Would Be Huge!"
Exclusive Interview by James Slater - Unbeaten cruiserweight B.J Flores,24-0-1(15) is now ranked the #2 contender according to the WBO, and "El Peligroso" is chasing a fight with reigning WBO champion Marco Huck of Germany. The man from Arizona is sure a fight between he and Huck would be a great, great fight, what with their differing styles.
Article posted on 17.09.2009
First, though, Huck must face Ola Afolabi on December 5th, and Flores plans to be ringside in Germany for the bout. Now very much ready to make his assault on the world title, the 30-year-old who has been a pro since 2003 is hoping Huck will accept his challenge and face him next year - in what B. J and his team feel would be a fight of the year candidate.
Very kindly taking time out to speak with me earlier today, B. J had the following things to say:
James Slater: It's great to speak with you again, B.J. This possible fight with Marco Huck, this is you number-one priority now?
B.J Flores: Absolutely. I think a fight between us two could be huge. It would be two young fighters going at it and I'm sure the fans would be very receptive to it. I respect Marco Huck, I know he's a tough guy, but I'm sure I could go over there to Germany and beat him. He's got a tough fight with Ola Afolabi first - and I'll be going there for that fight - but hopefully Huck can come through it.
J.S: Is Huck a guy you've had your eye on for a while now? How much do you know about him?
B.J.F: I know quite a bit about him and I've always felt we'd possibly fight one day. The thing is, he has become so much more interesting to me now that he has won the WBO title. I wanted to fight [Victor Emilio] Ramirez originally, but Huck beat him first (laughs). So now that I'm ranked number-two with the WBO this is the fight that makes sense. I really want this fight and I want that belt! With our styles, the fight would be a great action fight I'm sure.
J.S: Do you think he'll beat Afolabi, and if not will you then focus on Afolabi instead?
B.J.F: If Afolabi becomes the champion, of course I'll focus on him. And I think Huck will have his hands full with Ola Afolabi. Let me tell you something about Afolabi; he is the most underrated cruiserweight in the world. Nobody is ever going to beat him up. If anyone beats him it will be by out-hustling him. But as I say, hopefully Huck can come through against him - because that's [Huck] a fight that really makes sense for me, style-wise. Also, it's a great fight for the cruiserweight division. The division's really exciting right now, and we need more fights like this to keep it that way and make it even more exciting. I really hope Huck's people in Germany read this, and that we can get this fight made.
J.S: Huck is certainly exciting as you say, but the knock on him is that he can be reckless. Do you think you, with all your amateur experience and everything, would be too smart for him?
B.J.F: I think he fights for around 30 to 40 seconds a round. Huck explodes, then he covers up - he throws punchers, then he holds his gloves up high. It's not so much about having to be smart to beat him, you have to be tough and have grit to beat him. I'd throw punches for the full three minutes in every round. His style, where he covers up with his gloves covering his face and him not moving his head, wouldn't work against me. There are a few things I think I could take advantage of. It won't be easy because he is a tough guy, but I'd go over to Germany and beat him.
J.S: As you know, Huck's only loss was to Steve "U.S.S" Cunningham. Do you think Huck would see a fight with you as a chance to redeem himself, by taking on and beating a top American?
B.J.F: Exactly. This would be a shot for redemption for him - a chance for us to see if he's improved since the loss to Cunningham, as he says he has, and a chance for him to defeat a top fighter from the U.S in myself . I think he will accept my challenge, too. He's well respected in Germany, I believe he's the first-ever German world cruiserweight champion, and I don't think he'll turn the fight with me down - it just makes so much sense. And another thing we can throw in there - my mom is German, so that makes things even more interesting (laughs).
J.S: If Huck has a really hard time against Afolabi, as you and I think he will, and then needs a few good months put before his next fight, would you wait for him? Or would you take a keep-busy fight in the meantime?
B.J.F: I would like a keep-busy fight for sure, but I would wait for the fight if I had to. I want this so bad. I've had three fights this year and the rust has gone - I've got my swagger back. So I would feel confident going into a fight with Huck having been out for a while, I've been active enough to have gotten sharp. It doesn't matter, really. Whatever he wants, I'll take the fight, even if it means waiting.
J.S: One thing that may be in your favour, is the fact that despite his toughness, Huck is no puncher like Darnell Wilson is - who you beat.
B.J.F: I don't think this fight would be like the Wilson fight. Wilson's a good counter puncher, he waits for you and then he tries to knock you out. Huck is either on offence or he is on defence - he punches, then goes on defence, he punches, then goes on defence. I had to be so careful against Wilson, and I'd had a year-long layoff before that fight. I think a fight between me and Huck would be a much more explosive fight and a real fight for the fans. As I say, the cruiserweight division needs more fights like this.
J.S: Well, it's been great speaking with you, B.J. I hope you get this fight.
B.J.F: Thank you for your time. Let's hope so. I want this!
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