By Ryan Burton
Steven Feder of Standing Eight Management contacted BoxingScene to issue a response to a story we ran over the weekend. In the story cruiserweight contender BJ Flores verbally blasted and then challenged Lateef Kayode who is part of Standing Eight Management's stable.
Feder told BoxingScene, "Well this must be my week. We've had Huck be so kind as to call us out and now I come to find out that BJ Flores has decided to grace our career by offering us up as a tune up fight before he flies off to pick up another check and buy something from the Duty Free shop in Australia."
Feder was surprised that Flores critcized Kayode and feels that Flores is looking to get publicity for himself. Feder even went so far as to say that Flores had already met Kayode and questioned the statment that Flores made when he said that he tuned in to ShoBoxto see what Kayode was about.
"I've met BJ a few times and he has always been a gentlemen. I would have thought he was above trash talking and as a part time boxing analyst I would think he would be able to break down a fight. First off he states he was curious to see this guy everyone was talking about? Ah BJ you've met him at Wild Card and you heard the damn cracking sound that came from his gloves beating the bag and his sparring partners as you stood there with David Haye. You shook Lateef's hand. This feels like you just want a free PR ride on my kid. Your name isn't mentioned in boxing so you figure you'll dial in a comment? Come on man, you are better than this."
The L.A. based boxing manager went on to say that he relayed Flores' comments to his fighter to see how Kayode would react.
"I called Lateef to tell him what you said and he responded with honesty when I mentioned your name. He said, 'who is that (Flores)?"
Flores was critical of Kayode's performance and felt that he was given a gift decision over Nick Iannuzzi. He felt that Iannuzzi outboxed him and should have been given the nod. Feder admits that it wasn't Kayode's best performance but feels that his fighter did more than enough to get the win. He responded by saying," If BJ has a DVR he should watch it again. Watch it close and see how many of Nick's shots were blocked. How many landed on Lateef's gloves. The power punches were 80% to Lateef's credit. That's what the judges saw."
"Was Nick busy? Yes. Did Lateef fight his best fight? No. Fred (Roach) was very clear with him that he needed to cut off the ring. We were chasing Nick all night. When we got close we scored and when Nick got close he grabbed. Nick came to win. He was totally game and I respect him for it and if going the distance meant something to him then he accomplished that. He was slowing down and it was just a matter of time. Lateef was never hurt and thus he never felt the urgency. He knew he blocked his shots and he felt comfortable to go the distance. This was a good fight for us. We learned a lot and we will be better for it. I think the judges got it right. I have no doubt about it. The problem with having a knockout artist is that if you don't knock someone out, then it's taken as a failure. We can't live and die by the sword. If Lateef catches you clean, you are going down. That goes for Iannuzzi, for Flores, or Huck."
In the article Flores also said he wanted his belts back that were stripped from him and later won by Kayode. Feder responded to Flores' statement and also dissected the career of Flores.
"Now as for BJ wanting his belts back. Ah BJ you got stripped because you wouldn't take a fight of any merit. You sat idle waiting for fifteen months. You must have really loved that belt. Before you go calling someone out and saying 'I'll make it so one sided he'll look for a new career' I think you need to examine your own career. We've fought 16 fights in 30 months. You've fought 26 fights in 81 months. Lets breeze through your last 8 fights."
"You fought for a title against Chris Thomas and went the distance in January of 2007. We stopped him in 4 rounds. You went the distance with Darnel Wilson. Enough said. Then you chose Matt Hicks. 261 pounds of him. A TKO in the third round. Probably so he can stop to get something to eat. Then you went 12 rounds with Jose Luis Herrera for the title we just defended. We knocked him out in the second round so solid it made Sports Illustrated. Then for your 25th fight you chose Epifano Mendoza. You stopped him in 4 rounds. We fought him in our 14th fight and he didn't come out for the 6th. While you waited 15 months between Mendoza and (Danny) Green we fought 9 times. You lost to Green by wide margins in your very first true test. You should know that watching it on TV or from a chair in the studio is quite different from the view from the ring."
Feder feels that Flores needs to do his homework before calling Kayode one dimensional. He also thinks that by Flores calling Kayode average it doesn't say much for Flores resume as they have faced many of the same opponents. He ended our conversation by issuing a warning for Flores.
"Maybe instead of talking trash Flores ought to make a call to Ed Perry, Nick Iannuzzi, Alfredo Escalera Jr, Jose Luis Herrera or any of the 14 guys we've knocked out and ask them if those shots felt like they came from "a very average fighter" or "a one dimensional fighter". If they did then what are you saying about Nick Iannuzzi or any of your foes? They couldn't stop an average fighter? Then why did you fight them? Lateef Kayode isn't your tuneup. He's your nightmare. Be careful what you wish for."
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