Gabe Flores Jr. (4-0, 3 KOs) made his debut in the lone star state on Friday, September 29, 2017, by adding yet another TKO victory to his blossoming resume. His opponent, Donnie Reeves (1-1, 1 KO), showed up to the bout with the intentions of giving the young prospect his first defeat.
While Reeves did come out swinging, it didn’t take long for Flores to gain control and press the action. “Reeves came to fight man,” said Flores. “He came to try and win and that’s what I love. I’ve had to fight a couple guys that didn’t want to exchange with me but Reeves was game.”
The opening round had Flores pressuring and sticking to his jab, followed by an onslaught of power punches. Flores sustained an injury to his right hand during the first exchanges and sparingly used it for the remainder of the bout.
The fight was quickly stopped early in the second round and the Dallas crowd was not happy. While the boos that followed the stoppage were directed at the referee, Flores took charge of the situation and addressed the stoppage in his post fight interview. “I thought it was a quick stoppage,” said Flores. “Reeves could’ve gone more, but no disrespect, it was only a matter of time.”
The Stockton native has generated plenty of buzz and rightfully so. Flores demonstrates a unique mix of grit, poise, and power for being only 17 years of age. Flores plans to fight again in November and says he’s ready any and all takers. The only goal in mind is to become a world champion.
Peter Nieves is a sports journalist who's been writing for Round By Round Boxing since 2012. When he's not covering the sweet science, he's busy twirling his mustache and writing a screenplays. You can follow him on Twitter and Instagram @pnieves90