Bryan Flores overcame a knockdown and scored a remarkable victory over Shinard Bunch, who was making his second appearance on SHOBOX®, in the main event of a SHOBOX: The New Generation tripleheader that showcased three competitive and exciting fights live on SHOWTIME from Cache Creek Casino in Brooks, Calif.
Bunch dominated the early rounds of the 10-round main event, and almost finished the fight in the first round, when he landed a devastating right uppercut, left hook combo that sent the Mexican to the canvas for the sixth time in his career. But Flores showed his resilience and determination, as he got up from every knockdown he has suffered, and went on to win the fight.
The judges scored the fight 96-93 for Bunch and 97-92 and 95-95 for Flores.
“I am so happy. I had a dream that I would get dropped and get back up to win and that’s what happened,” said Flores, 27. “This is truly a dream come true. I sometimes need to get dropped to wake up in the fight. I wasn’t hurt. I was getting ready. The fight went exactly how I envisioned it. That was our game plan. I knew he’d be strong in the early rounds, and we prepared for that.”
Bunch used his jab effectively in the early rounds, keeping Flores at bay. But in the second half of the fight, Flores increased his activity and started to connect with his power punches more frequently. Bunch landed 76 jabs compared to 27 by Flores, but Flores had a 76-51 advantage in power punches including 44 body shots.
“I thought I did enough to win the fight, especially with the knockdown and how I finished strong, but I respect the decision,” said Bunch, who is from New York. “He was hurt badly in the first round. He was lucky that the bell rang.”
“The difference in the fight was that I’m Mexican with a Mexican heart and I train with Ismael Salas,” said Flores. “That’s why I won.”