Gabriel Flores Jr. Booked Against Salvador Briceno as Co-Main for Valdez vs. Sanchez on June 8

By Natalie Zamudio May 31, 2019
Gabriel Flores Jr. made waves on May 4 in his hometown of Stockton, California, when he knocked out Eduardo Pereira dos Reis in just three rounds before a packed house at Stockton Arena. The 19-year-old owns a 13-0 boxing record with six of those victories coming by way of knockout.

For his next outing on June 8, only a month and change since his last, the rising star will face Salvador "Chavita Bufon" Briceno in an eight-round lightweight bout. Flores Jr. versus Briceno will occupy the co-feature slot on a card headlined by World Boxing Organization featherweight champion Oscar Valdez against fellow undefeated boxer Jason Sanchez. The action will go down at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center in Reno, Nevada.

"I am excited to be back on ESPN, and once again, Stockton will be in the building," Flores said. "Briceno is the toughest fight of my career, but I rise to the level of my opposition. I only fought a few weeks ago, so I am sharp and ready to put on another highlight-reel showing for the fans watching on ESPN."

On June 8, Flores will return to the scene of his professional debut, the Reno-Sparks Convention Center, which is where he bested Devon Jones via TKO in the second round. This late-Spring appearance will be the lightweight's third bout of 2019. Briceno (15-3, 9 KO) is known as a heavy puncher whose last four wins have come by way of stoppage.

"Trust me when I say that Flores has never faced anyone like me," Briceno said. "I am coming to Reno intent on putting on a great performance. Flores probably thinks I am a stop on the way to bigger things, but his team made the wrong decision in picking me."

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