BJ Flores is fit and fiery, it looks like, and isn’t exactly kicking himself for not making the move earlier, but he realizes he should have moved up to heavyweight earlier.
The 38 year old hitter, now promoted by Dmitriy Salita, told me he wants to have a crack at Brit Dillian Whyte, under the Eddie Hearn umbrella, or perhaps Daniel Dubois, a buzzed about young gun from England.
“I’m walking around at 225 now,” Flores said. “I feel 100% different. No sauna, no calorie deprivation. I moved up 3-4 years too late.”
Lucas Browne, the Aussie rumbler, is another guy Flores would like to test, he added.
“Have we had any talks with Whyte or Dubois? Not yet. Dubois is blowing out these bums. He’s very good. Put him in with someone already. 6-0. Anthony Joshua started fighting good guys at that time! Dillian Whyte is very tough. Good wins over Helenius and Chisora. Solid fighter!”
You see the pic above, Flores with training partner Bryant Jennings. He looks fit, ready to start a full camp.
“I’m in Salt Lake, training right now. I’m not in official camp. Weight lifting, strength and conditioning, plyometrics and running four or five times a week until I have something locked in. I will have a new trainer announcement too, soon.”
“BJ is a top ten world ranked heavyweight ( No. 9 WBA), he has the NABA Heavyweight Title, and he also won his USA amateur national titles at heavyweight,” promoter Salita, who is based in Brooklyn and also handles Jarrell Miller and Claressa Shields, said. “Going back up in weight has helped him and will make him dangerous against all the top guys. Dillian Whyte didn’t look good at all in his last outing. BJ’s activity and world class experience is going to give Dillian lots of problems. BJ was one of the guys in contention for a fight with Alexander Povetkin in December, he is in the gym and ready to step in for a February spot versus Dillian.”
My three cents: Most everyone, even the exalted and entrenched, need to adapt and be willing to change as times change. It will be interesting to see how Flores’ shift pans out. He certainly LOOKS like he’s doing it right, getting more muscles while not bloating out.