Super featherweight contender Miguel “El Michoacán” Flores will complete his sinuous journey to his first chance world title when he faces three-division champion Leo “The Earthquake”Santa Cruz for the WBA super featherweight title on Saturday, November 23 at FOX Sports PBC Pay-Per-View from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Flores (24-2, 12 KOs) will look for a victory that will define his career in the main main event that takes Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder defending his WBC title in a rematch against the Cuban batter Luis “King. Kong” Ortiz at the main attraction from 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT.
Tickets for the event, promoted by BombZquad Promotions, TGB Promotions and Mayweather Promotions, are already on sale and can be buy in www.mgmgrand.com or www.axs.com.
The 27-year-old was born in Mexico and grew up in Houston, Texas, where he has been training for his confrontation against Santa Cruz. Originally,Flores was scheduled to face Santa Cruz in February for the featherweight title, but was forced to retire due to an ankle injury. With a dominant detention victory over Luis May in June,the injury is behind Flores as he prepares to challenge a fellow Mexican-American warrior in Santa Cruz in the pay-per-view from Las Vegas. Here’s what Flores said about the training camp, Santa Cruz and more.
About his recent field of training with coach Aaron Navarro: “I’ve been with coach Aaron Navarro all my career , even as an amateur, and together we have grown a lot. Edward Jackson, my strength andconditioning coach, and Bobby Benton, my coach and cutman, have been with us. for a long time as well. Together we take my training to the next level for this fight. Everyone will see the progress we’ve made during this camp when I get on to the ring.”
About his confrontation with Leo Santa Cruz: “Leo Santa Cruz is an amazing fighter and has been fighting at the level of championship for many years. It will be my job to match it blow by blow, and that’s what we’ve been working on. We’ve made a couple of small changes to my style, but nothing important. Everyone will see what those changes are on the night of the fight. People doubt me, but they’re feeding my fire and I’m determined to prove everyone wrong. “
About fighting for your first world title : “Fighting for a world title is something I’ve been fighting all my career. This is a dream come true for me. I’ve worked very hard to get here and I’m not going to let the big moment affect me . My time has finally come and I’m going to leave everything I have in the ring. I’m going to surprise the world. “
About fighting in Las Vegas on FOX Sports PBC Pay-Per-View for the first time: “I’ve been a professional fighter for more than ten years and I could never experience what it’s like to fight in Las Vegas, the world capital of boxing. So, to say I’m excited is a euphemism. On top of that, I’ll be fighting on this FOX Sports platform, the new home for boxing professional. My fists will fly and everyone watching will be in a big surprise. Like I said, I’m going to surprise the world. “