Gabriel Flores Jr. has agreed to a substitute for Andrew Cancio.
BoxingScene.com has discovered that the undefeated Flores will oppose junior light-weight veteran Jayson Velez on February 20 at an undetermined MGM property in Las Vegas. ESPN will televise Flores-Velez because the 10-circular co-function that nighttime before a 12-round, one hundred thirty-pound championship in shape in which Mexicans Miguel Berchelt (38-1, 34 KOs) and Oscar Valdez (28-0, 22 KOs) will fight for Berchelt’s WBC tremendous featherweight title.
The 20-12 months-historical Flores (19-0, 6 KOs) changed into intent to take a step up in his upcoming appearance after wholly out-boxing Ryan Kielczewski (30-5, 11 KOs) in his closing battle, a 10-rounder October 3 at MGM Grand conference center in Las Vegas.
The Stockton, California, native, who is promoted by means of Bob Arum’s desirable Rank Inc., had hoped Canico would give that more difficult examine in his 20th expert combat. The 32-12 months-historic Cancio (21-5-2, 16 KOs), a former WBA a hundred thirty-pound champ from Ventura, California, agreed to face Flores and their 10-circular fight turned into formally announced per week ago.
As BoxingScene.com first pronounced Monday, Cancio promptly withdrew from the Flores combat because of a back harm that averted him from practicing.
Puerto Rico’s Velez (29-7-1, 21 KOs) suffered the primary knockout defeat of his career to Valdez in Velez’s most recent look. Valdez, a former WBO featherweight champion, dropped the constantly durable Velez as soon as within the fifth round and twice within the 10th round before their scheduled 10-rounder became stopped July 21 at MGM Grand conference core.
In his outdated look, the 32-yr-ancient Velez lost a controversial, 12-round split decision to Panama’s Jaime Arboleda (16-2, 13 KOs) ultimate February 8 at PPL center in Allentown, Pennsylvania.
Keith Idec is a senior creator/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He may also be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.