Albert Bell is able to step up for what will be the biggest battle of his profession up to now.
The unbeaten junior light-weight contender has raised his hand to next face Gabriel Flores Jr., who is all at once in need of an opponent on a right-Rank promoted Feb. 20 ESPN show in Las Vegas. Flores was because of face former one hundred thirty-pound titlist Andrew Cancio, who turned into currently pressured to withdraw as a result of a back harm.
“i used to be just counseled Andrew Cancio will now not be combating February twentieth; I bought a proposal from group Flores that I authorised,” Bell claimed. “i used to be simply questioning, are you able to stand on them phrases you and your team have been commenting [online] for the previous two years?”
Two sources with abilities of ongoing talks have advised BoxingScene.com that Bell is on the list of candidates at the moment under consideration.
Bell (17-0, 5KOs) has not fought on account that a ten-circular shutout of Philippines’ Mark Bernaldez ultimate July at MGM Grand convention core in Las Vegas. The bout aired reside on ESPN, a chance authorised via the now 27-year historic Toledo, Ohio product despite having to combat via a pre-present damage to his appropriate hand.
the hassle put forth by Bell was adequate to preserve his unbeaten list together with proposing one enthusiastic bettor with an $157,500 payout from a $one hundred fifty,000-placed wager. The combat came two weeks after Flores (18-0, 6KOs) emerged in a 10-round win over Josec Ruiz in a makeshift main adventure at the identical venue closing June. Flores’ win noticed one bettor bring together a $192,021.30 payout from a $187,847.35 positioned on the 20-yr historical from Stockton, California who now lives and trains in Vegas.
Bell is now organized to guess on himself—figuratively—in an offered showdown of unbeaten one hundred thirty-pound potentialities, as long as his preferred goal is ready to signal on the dotted line. both have circled one an extra—generally via social media—for the past few years, with Bell typically sitting again in statement mode. In light of recent activities, the time has come to behave.
“I’ve been peacefully minding my enterprise as commonplace however ever due to the fact 2019 I’ve been hearing rumors that you simply guys [have] been going around asking diverse individuals that be aware of me, about me,” notes Bell. “neatly, right here i’m. that you could see for your self firsthand.
“So are y’all going to again up the whispers or are y’all trying to run from it like everyone else be doing?”
Flores’s present televised slot comes in supporting ability to a terrific title fight between defending a hundred thirty-pound champ Miguel Berchelt (38-1, 34KOs) and unbeaten former featherweight titlist Oscar Valdez (28-0, 22KOs).
Jake Donovan is a senior creator for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox