Regret, apparently, is not a feeling much recognized within the Flores household.
Gabe Flores Jr. appeared to have taken the beatdown of his lifetime at the hands of veteran Luis Alberto Lopez at the Casino Del Sol in Tucson, Arizona last Saturday night, but according to the 21-year-old super featherweight prospect he has little remorse about what transpired.
Flores, a highly regarded amateur who turned professional at 16, never found his groove against the 28-year-old Lopez. For 10 rounds, Lopez bullwhipped the young fighter to the point that many were questioning Flores’ corner for not stepping in to stop the fight. Lopez won a wide decision.
After the bout, a bruised-up Flores offered a remarkably honest interview, saying Lopez “f------ embarrassed me.”
Still, Flores (20-1, 7 KOs) was adamant that he would fight in the same fashion if he had another chance to face Lopez (23-2, 12 KOs), noting also that he was not in optimum condition last Saturday.
“All I gotta say about it is that I wasn’t really hurt in the fight,” Flores told Elie Seckbach of ES News during an Instagram Live session. “You didn’t really see me wobbled or have a stanky leg or anything like that. If I had to do it all over again, I would do the same thing.
“I wasn’t worried about nothing. I didn’t feel like I was hurt. That’s why I wanted to go out and finish the fight because I didn’t feel threatened at all. I was just really exhausted. I didn’t have my legs under me. I couldn’t do exactly what I wanted to do.”
Flores’ father and head trainer, Flores Sr., also came under fire for refusing to pull his son out of the fight in the late rounds when it seemed he was taking unnecessary punishment. After the ninth round, Flores Sr. appeared to seriously consider stopping the fight but was talked out of doing so by his son.
“I’m not really tripping about it,” Flores Jr. said. “I was fine. And my pop made the right call, like I said, if I had to do it again, I would do it just like that.”
Flores Sr. also had no regrets about what happened in the ring. He blamed the ESPN commentators, particularly analyst Timothy Bradley, for skewing the perception of the audience into thinking that he was being a negligent trainer. Bradley expressed concern and dismay throughout the broadcast at the way Flores Jr. was taking punishment.
“That’s just big head Bradley talking sh!t,” Flores Sr. said. “It’s boxing bro. Do you guys want to be entertained or not? You guys complain when…he don’t say enough, oh, he don’t fight enough. Motherf------ are never happy, bro.
“It’s fighting, bro. People are soft. I’m shocked by how much people are soft. And I was kind of worried like shit if I rewatch the fight I’mma probably regret some sh!t. I didn’t. I didn’t see nothing crazy in there. It’s a fight, bro. If you’re scared, go to church. change that sh!t.”