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Crown Stockton's King:

Gabriel Flores Jr. Dominates Josec Ruiz

Clay Collard Upsets the Previously Undefeated

David Kaminsky In Super Middleweight Showdown!

(June 19th)  Gabriel Flores Jr. shined in the first main event of his young career.  The 20-year-old prodigy from Stockton, California, dominated his toughest opponent to date, cruising to a 10-round decision over Honduran veteran Josec Ruiz in the lightweight main event from the MGM Grand Conference Center—Grand Ballroom.

 

Flores (18-0, 6 KOs) floored Ruiz in the second round prevailed by identical scores of 100-89 in his first scheduled 10-rounder.

 

Ruiz (21-3-3, 14 KOs) saw his seven-bout winning streak come to an end.

 

“He was a tough guy, but he was not on my level. Going 10 rounds for the first time in my career was a valuable learning experience," Flores said. “I see a world title in the next 12 months. That’s my goal, but we have to see what’s out there first. I’m training in Vegas now, and the sparring and training out here has helped elevate my game.”

— Boxing's best spoiler, "Cassius" Clay Collard, did it again. Collard (7-2-3, 2 KOs) upset the previously undefeated David Kaminsky (6-1, 3 KOs) via six-round split decision (58-56 Collard 2x and 58-56 Kaminsky) in a super middleweight showdown. He opened up a cut over Kaminsky's eye with a punch in the opening round.

 

Collard has upset undefeated prospects in his last three bouts.

 

“I honestly thought he would hit harder. But once I felt his power, I pressed the action," Collard said. “I didn’t know if the cut came from a punch or a headbutt at first, but I knew being aggressive would be the key to victory. I was nervous when the cards were being read, but I felt I’d done more than enough to earn the decision.”

 

— Junior welterweight prospect Victor Rodriguez (3-0, 1 KO) shut out Justin Horsley (0-2) over four rounds by identical scores of 40-36.

 

— In a battle of 2-0 junior lightweight prospects, Puerto Rico's Frevian Gonzalez (3-0, 1 KO) outworked Jose Martinez (2-1, 1 KO) to win a unanimous decision by scores of 39-37 2x and 40-36.

 

Robert Rodriguez (8-0-1, 4 KOs) stopped Adrian Servin (9-1-1, 3 KOs) in the second round of a bantamweight bout to open the evening. Servin swept the first round on the judges' cards, but Rodriguez scored a knockdown in the second before following up for the finish.

 

About Top Rank

Innovation has been the standard at Top Rank since it was established in 1966 by Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum. The boxing industry’s leading promotional company, Top Rank has shaped, developed, and promoted the careers of top international pay-per-view superstars and Hall of Famers, including Muhammad Ali, Marvelous Marvin Hagler, Tommy Hearns, George Foreman, Sugar Ray Leonard, Aaron Pryor, Alexis Arguello, Oscar De La Hoya, Manny Pacquiao, Floyd Mayweather Jr., Miguel Cotto, Erik Morales, Terence Crawford, and Vasiliy Lomachenko.

 

Top Rank has promoted some of the most memorable fights in the sport’s history, including 26 Ali events, Leonard vs. Hearns, Pryor vs. Arguello, Duran vs. Leonard, Hagler vs. Hearns, Leonard vs. Hagler, Foreman vs. Holyfield, Morales vs. Barrera, De La Hoya vs. Trinidad, and the most lucrative fight in boxing history, Mayweather vs. Pacquiao. In addition to the previously mentioned super fights, Top Rank possesses one of the largest sports libraries, which includes nearly 10,000 fights.

 

Known for creating strategic collaborations between athletes, sponsors, and television networks, Top Rank has been an architect of boxing’s global growth by staging high-profile events in landmark settings around the world, including Madison Square Garden, MGM Grand Garden Arena, Staples Center, Wembley Arena, Araneta Coliseum, The Venetian Macao, Yankee Stadium, Radio City Music Hall, The “Fabulous” Forum, and AT&T Stadium. Top Rank has also been the leader within the boxing industry in creating unforgettable in-arena experiences for fans and embracing 21st century technological advancements to distribute world-class fights and shoulder programming across a variety of platforms.

 

About ESPN+

ESPN+ is the multi-sport, direct-to-consumer video service from The Walt Disney Company’s Direct-to-Consumer and International (DTCI) segment and ESPN. It reached 2 million subscribers in less than a year and offers fans thousands of live events, on-demand content and original programming not available on ESPN’s linear TV or digital networks, along with premium editorial content.

 

Programming on ESPN+ includes hundreds of MLB and NHL games, exclusive UFC, Top Rank boxing and PFL fights and events, top domestic and international soccer (Serie A, MLS, FA Cup, UEFA Nations League, EFL Championship, EFL Carabao Cup, Eredivisie, and more), thousands of college sports events (including football, basketball and other sports), Grand Slam tennis, international and domestic rugby and cricket, new and exclusive series, acclaimed studio shows and the full library of ESPN’s award-winning 30 for 30 films. Fans subscribe to ESPN+ for just $4.99 a month (or $49.99 per year) and can cancel at any time.

 

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