By Peter Lim
Featherweight Miguel Flores (24-2, 12 KOs) returned from a 19-month layoff to score a 6th round TKO over Luis May (21-15-2, 8 KOs) at the NRG Arena in Houston.
Flores hammered away to both sides of May’s ribcage throughout the bout with his signature body attack. May was at the receiving end of a two-fisted barrage and barely punching back when the referee stepped in to call a halt to the one-sided affair midway through the sixth round.
“I’m known for my left hook but my right hand was landing to the head and to the body,” Flores said. “My corner was telling me to step to the right and that was working. My game plan was to dissect this guy little by little and he’s gonna go.”
Flores was slated to challenge Leo Santa Cruz for a world title in February but had to pull out a few weeks prior due to an ankle injury. Flores was replaced by Rafael Rivera who was outpointed by Santa Cruz.
Flores, 26, was obviously disappointed at missing out on the coveted world title bout but is hopeful his victory over May will be the first step to repositioning himself back into contention once again. He treated his fight against May as if it was a world title shot.
“I told myself before I walked out, if I want the Santa Cruz fight, I’ve got to treat this like the Santa Cruz fight and that’s exactly what I did,” Flores said. “I had to put it in my head that this was a big a fight as a world title fight and It’s coming, I know that it’s coming.”
After 19 months of inactivity, Flores is hopes to get back on the fast track by raising the level of his opposition fighting as often as possible.
“I’m not going to sit here and cry for an opportunity. I know I’ve got to earn it,” Flores said.
“To me anybody in the top 10 is on my list. Ill take on anyone who’ll make me good money and give me a good opportunity.”