PBC on FS1 results: Dat Nguyen upsets Miguel Flores via TKO
Junior lightweight Dat Nguyen upset Miguel Flores by forcing a referee’s stoppage in the sixth round on Tuesday night. The main event of an FS1 telecast, the King’s Promotions card was hosted at the Silver Street Studios in Houston, Texas.
“Winning and losing is part of it. Thirteen years as a professional, finally I got my shot tonight,” Nguyen joyously said before thanking everyone involved. The 34-year-old Vietnamese import fighting out of Vero Beach, Florida was a 25-1 underdog against the prospect and he handed Flores his first defeat in front of the latter’s hometown.
Flores, 21-1 (9), looked sharp to begin the fight. His jab was busy and his lateral movement, after his follow-up power shots, kept him elusive in the opening round. It wasn’t until late in the second round when Nguyen got himself into the fight by landing a big overhand right Flores never saw. Starting in the third, Nguyen started to let his hands go and a competitive fight then transpired for a few rounds, as Flores was lulled into a toe-to-toe scrap.
The middle rounds couldn’t have been drawn any closer as the two exchanged shots. Flores focused more on the body, even receiving a couple of warnings from referee Laurence Cole for a few too low. Nguyen wasn’t dramatic about the low shots. He was fighting his fight and his overhand rights kept buzzing by Flores’ head. Flores’ jabs dwindled by the fourth round and, by the fifth, his back was against the ropes, a role they had switched when compared to the first three minutes.
Nguyen, 20-3 (7), changed everything when one of those overhand rights hurt Flores early in the sixth round. He followed up with a left hook as Flores’ body crashed to the canvas, while his back touched every rope. Flores, 24, stumbled, once getting up, and Nguyen could be seen waiting to pounce in the neutral corner. Once time resumed, Nguyen let his hands go and, with Flores desperately trying to hold his surging opponent, a few shots stalled him against the ropes. For the slightest moment, Flores looked in bad shape and that’s when Cole waved the fight off at the 1:02 mark with Flores still on his feet.
“He’s a warrior,” said Nguyen about Flores. “All Mexican fighters are all great warriors. I grew up watching Marco Antonio Barrera, (Juan Manuel) Marquez and all those guys – those are my heroes. I try to be like them and try to fight like them. All the Mexican fighters have big, big heart and he’s a great warrior but I came out top tonight.”
Houston native Darwin “Pay The” Price. dominated Hylon Williams Jr. in the co-feature and the junior welterweight prospect stays undefeated after earning a wide unanimous decision (80-72, 80-72, 80-72).
Price, 12-0 (6), shot a busy jab that dictated all eight rounds. It kept the 27-year-old at a comfortable distance and was strong enough to keep Williams from trying to penetrate inside. Sometimes tripling that left jab, Price fired a follow-up right cross with knockout intentions. That exact sequence happened in the opening round and the power shot startled Williams against the ropes, making the Las Vegas native even more tentative to throw.
Williams, 16-4-1 (3), was still compelled to chat at Price, during the action, despite getting out-boxed rather easily. The 26-year-old just couldn’t figure a way to get around that jab all throughout the fight and, once he eventually tried to become the counter-puncher off the back foot, often times, he was just trapped on the ropes, thinking defensively. The power right hand from Price landed cleanly a few more times in the fight, sometimes coming in the form of an uppercut – a punch he was instructed to throw by his trainer Ronnie Shields.
In the opening bout of the Premier Boxing Champions card, Brandon Figueroa stopped Raul Chirino with a body shot in round four. The featherweight contest was scheduled for six rounds.
Figueroa, 11-0 (8), attacked the body from the outside in round one and, once his right hook compelled Chirino to take the fight on the inside, Figueroa proceeded to flood his basement from there as well. With trainer Joel Diaz in his corner, the 20-year-old’s inside game was savvy and Figueroa often mixed his shots up with an uppercut upstairs.
All things considered, Chirino, 10-5 (5), fought back and sometimes landed a clean right hand to Figueroa’s head but a right to the body in the third was the beginning of the end for the 30-year-old from Miami, Florida. That punch sent him to the canvas in the round and he was back on a knee from another, moments later, before round’s end.
After surviving the third, Chirino was a bit weathered going into the fourth and Figueroa knew it. He continued to attack the body and a final right hand to Chirino’s midsection had him on the canvas a third time. He got up in time to beat Laurence Cole’s count but the third man brought a halt to the bout.