BJ Flores Returns Fire on Team Lateef Kayode

By Ryan Burton
Cruiserweight contender BJ Flores has been going back and forth all week with undefeated cruiserweight prospect Lateef Kayode and his team.  Flores issued a challenge to the Nigerian on Sunday and later in the week Kayode and his manager Steven Feder fired back at the part time ESPN boxing analyst.  Flores contacted BoxingScene to clear the air on some of the comments made by Team Kayode.
Feder had told BoxingScene that Kayode didn't even know who Flores was.  Flores said he laughed at those comments and told BoxingScene, "Am I supposed to be offended because your Nigerian heavyweight who just arrived in the States and barely speaks English doesn't know who I am?  He will find out very fast come fight night."
Team Kayode was critical about Flores' lack of activity and also criticized Flores for not fighting some of the guys that Kayode has fought and defeated.  Flores revealed that he was inactive due to issues with his promoter and that he has been avoided my many of the fighters on Kayode's resume.  "I want to clear up what Steve said about me not wanting to fight for 15 months. It isn't that I didn't want to.  I was in a contract with Square Ring and legally not allowed. After we didn't come to an agreement for a long term deal they simply put me on the shelf for the remainder of the contract."
Flores took a shot at Kayode's manager when he said, "I understand you are kind of new to the business and may not understand how all that works.  However in time Steve you will learn.  And half the guys on the list who you named off, Iannuzzi , Escelera and Perry (who I beat three times in the amateurs) always refused to fight me. So what if your boy knocked out someone 4 years after they fought me?? What does that mean??  Make a real offer and send over a contract."
Feder felt that when Flores called out Kayode that he was merely using Kayode's name to gain publicity for his career.  Kayode fought 7 times last year while Flores was on the shelf waiting to become a promotional free agent.  Flores said he called out Kayode simply because he wants to move up in the rankings.   "Free PR ride from your kid?  That must be a joke.  I'm simply calling out a guy who is rated ahead of me who I see as no threat at all."
Flores also took exception to the critical comments Feder made about Flores' wide decision loss to IBO champion Danny Green last November.  Flores feels the wide scores weren't because the fight wasn't competitive but because he fought in Green's backyard.  "He wants to talk about me losing to Danny Green in Australia.  Well it is not very often that the same person who wins the fight in his hometown wants to signn the person he just beat to a promotional contract. Danny knew he was in a fight and the geography played a big part in the wide scorecards. Danny even told me that after the fight. At least I was in a close fight with a world class fighter and I was coming off a 15 month layoff.  If your (Kayode's) fight would have been in Florida (where Nick Iannuzzi is from) then you most definitely would have had your first loss and the scores wouldn't have been close.  I don't think anyone would dispute that. The people know what they saw!"
Flores finished our conversation by reiterating his interest in fighting Kayode.  He also took a shot at Kayode for turning down a fight with WBO champion Marco Huck.  "I am a gentleman.  But this is business.  Your boy has got something I want. Quit changing the subject and send over a contract.  A real contract and we can get to the bottom of all this. I saw your article about turning down the fight with Huck and how Lateef will fight Huck after he has 20 fights and not now.  I say if your not ready to fight the top guys than get out of the way for guys who are.  When you are up there near the top you have a target on your back.  If that is too much for you to handle I don't know what to tell you.  We can analyzee every little opponent and say this or that but the bottom line is send over a contract!  I said I want my belts back and issued a challenge to your fighter and you change the subject.  This is very easy. Just send the contract with a real offer and you got yourself a fight.  A real fight!"
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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Chief2ndzOnly! on 02-11-2011

[QUOTE=John Smith III;10086121]Actually, Flores is 100% right. Kayode's manager is the one who needs to stfu. They turned down a WBO title shot, now they are turning down Flores, a legit contender. Its obvious after the last performance that Kayode…

Comment by Power VCT on 02-10-2011

Lateef sure did receive a gift. He lost that fight.

Comment by Spray_resistant on 02-10-2011

Kayote got a gift against what was supposed to be a slight step up opponent but just showed how much work he needs still.

Comment by John Smith III on 02-10-2011

[QUOTE=southpaw_07;10085911]BJ Flores, you lil racist pig, please stfu ! You looked like **** against a limited club fighter in Australia, Green. Why don't you retire as the only fight you win is the pre-fight trash talk, you loser.[/QUOTE] Actually, Flores…

Comment by FightFanSTL on 02-10-2011

How about a Showtime Super 6 for the young American-based cruiser prospects to settle this debate? We can have: Ryan Coyne BJ Flores Lateef Kayode and pick three more.

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