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Miguel Flores Edges Ryan Kielczweski in PBC on ESPN Main Event

 

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Miguel Flores (21-0, 9 KOs), a highly touted 24-year-old Houston native, maintained his pristine record with a unanimous-decision victory over Ryan “Polish Prince” Kielczweski (25-2, 7 KOs) in the 10-round PBC on ESPN main event from Verona, NY on Friday.

Flores, who struggled against the power-punching Kielczweski in the middle rounds, slugged it out until the finish of Rounds 9 and 10, providing a crowd-pleasing finish to his 21st pro victory.

A talented Super Featherweight prospect in his own right, the 27-year-old Kielczweski can hold his head high after landing flush on his opponent multiple times.

Exploiting Flores’ underwhelming defense, Kielczweski cracked his opponent with a vicious right straight in Round 5; a brutal shot that appeared to signal a momentum shift.

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After starting off slow, the Polish Prince wasn’t able to make up enough ground against the unbeaten Flores.

“I thought we fought a great fight tonight for the fans. I started a little slow, but I really picked it up in the fifth round,” said Kielczweski.

Flores would rebound, however, finishing the fight with a significant advantage in power punches landed.

Kielczweski provided a unique challenge to Flores, who entered Friday’s bout with only pro fight outside of Texas.

“I was gaining steam in the second half of the fight. I can’t say that I won, but I thought it could have been a draw. It was a good fight though, and I will be back,” said Kielczweski.

As is the case with many talented prospects, Flores has been brought along at a moderate pace; compiling two straight decision wins over durable journeymen prior to Friday.

Provided he’s able to shore up some of his defensive deficiencies, the Al Haymon-signed Flores should be ready for a step-up in a loaded division.

“We are used to tough fights like this. I like it like that. This is fun to me. We will watch the video and correct what I know were a lot of mistakes, but I believe I’m ready for the next level. I’m ready for the top contenders,” said Flores.

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Milo Taibi is a freelance journalist from Brooklyn, NY. His work has been featured in SLAM Magazine, Complex, Yahoo! Sports, and more. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram @MiloTaibi.

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