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September 14: Gabriel Flores Jr. added to Ramirez-Orozco ESPN Telecast


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*FRESNO, Calif. (Sept. 10, 2018*) – Gabriel Flores Jr., the 18-year-old
phenom and former U.S. amateur standout, will make his ESPN debut on
Friday, Sept. 14 as part of the world championship card headlined by Jose
Ramirez’s WBC super lightweight title defense against Antonio Orozco at the
Save Mart Center in Fresno, Calif.

Flores (9-0, 5 KOs) will face Roger “El Puas” Gutierrez (7-1-1, 1 NC, 4
KOs) in a six-round junior lightweight bout. Ramirez-Orozco,
Flores-Gutierrez and Jamel Herring versus John Vincent Moralde for the
vacant USBA junior lightweight title will be televised live on ESPN and
ESPN Deportes at 10 p.m. ET. The entire undercard will stream live at 7:30
p.m. ET in the United States on ESPN+— the recently-launched multi-sport,
direct-to-consumer subscription streaming service from The Walt Disney
Company’s Direct-to-Consumer & International segment in conjunction with
ESPN.
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“It’s going to feel good to fight on ESPN in California so close to home,
to be on a big stage to inspire the kids in Stockton, my hometown,” Flores
said. “I want to open their eyes for them to know they can accomplish their
own dreams. This opportunity is a dream come true.”

“Flores has the whole package, and without question, he is going to be a
major star,” said Rick Mirigian, Flores’ adviser. “With his ESPN TV debut
on the sport’s biggest weekend in front of 14,000 people near his hometown,
a star will be born.”

Flores won U.S. Junior National Championships in 2015 and 2016, concluding
his stellar amateur career with a 91-7 record. In November 2016, at the age
of 16, he became the youngest fighter ever to sign a promotional contract
with Top Rank. He made his professional debut on May 5, 2017, only four
days after his 17th birthday. Trained by his father, Gabriel Flores Sr.,
the recent high school graduate has kept a busy schedule as a pro fighting
on high-profile undercards. He is 4-0 thus far in 2018, most recently
scoring a six-round unanimous decision against James De Herrera on July 7
at the Save Mart Center. Flores also appeared on the Terence Crawford-Jeff
Horn card June 9 in Las Vegas, notching a shutout four-round decision
against Jorge Rojas Zacazontetl.

Gutierrez represents Flores’ toughest test to date, as he is 3-0 with a no
contest since the lone defeat on his ledger. A 25-year-old who trains out
of Pacoima, Calif., Gutierrez last fought on April 28 and took some time
away from the sport because of a hand injury. Now fully recovered, he hopes
to spoil Flores’ ESPN debut.

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