Following his first defeat as a pro after winning his first 14 bouts, heavyweight prospect Alexander Flores and his manager/trainer Michael Love, along with their promoter Roy Englebrecht announced that legendary boxing trainer Henry Ramirez has joined Team Flores as a training advisor. Flores tasted defeated last April as he was stopped in the fourth round by undefeated Charles Martin on a Kings Sports show in Santa Monica.
“I was approached by Michael Love and after our meeting I accepted the offer and am excited about joining their team,” said Ramirez. “I’ve known about Alexander Flores for a few years as he has sparred with Chris Arreola in preparation for a number of fights, and Alex is a good young heavyweight fighter.”
Only 23 years of age, Flores is the youngest heavyweight rated in the IBO Top 100, and is set to climb back in the ring in October.
“When I contacted Henry he didn’t hesitate and said he would help in any way he could,” stated Love. “I believe in building a strong team to surround Alex, and with the additional of Henry Ramirez I think we now have in place what is needed to be able to succeed at a high level. Regardless of his loss to Martin, Alexander will be in this sport for a long time and will only get better.”
With Ramirez on board Flores has agreed to a strict training schedule that will see him training in Victorville Monday thru Wednesday and in Riverside working one-on-one with Ramirez the rest of the week.
“The reason that both Roy and I are excited about Henry joining our team is that he has been through the ups and downs with Chris Arreola and knows the pitfalls and how to correct them. He believes in Alex’s ability and has been noted saying that Alex can FN fight,” said Love.
” I appreciate Michael Love moving in this direction to get some quality help in working with Alex,” said Roy Englebrecht who has a five year promotional agreement with Flores. “I have known Henry for a number of years and have always appreciated his no-nonsense way of working with fighters. He will bring a new discipline and attitude to Team Flores, and as a promoter that is music to my ears.”
“Alexander Flores has a million dollar smile, the looks of a GQ Model, and the talent to be successful in the heavyweight division,” said Englebrecht. “So this is the first step in Chapter Two for Team Flores and come October 16th at Fight Club OC we will see a new and improved fighter.”
Hailing from Rowland Heights, California, 6-5, 225 pound Alexander “The Great” Flores (14-1-12 KOs) didn’t spend much time in the amateur ranks, but after compiling an impressive 14-2 record and winning the Southern California Golden Gloves, he took his skills to the professional arena, debuting with a second round knockout of Antonio Robertson on March 19, 2010. In 2011, with three wins already under his belt, Flores upped his level of competition and didn’t skip a beat, as he defeated highly-touted former University of Miami football star Quadtrine Hill in April, and followed that victory up with a third round knockout of Serhiy Karpenko.