- Dan Rafael, ESPN Senior Writer
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Cruiserweight contender B.J. Flores spends more time broadcasting boxing these days than fighting. He spent part of his summer as a studio analyst on CNBC’s Olympic boxing coverage and also serves as a ringside analyst for NBC Sports Net’s “Fight Night” series.
But the 33-year-old Flores (27-1-1, 17 KOs) still has aspirations of winning a world title and he gets back into the ring in his hometown of Springfield, Mo., on Saturday night.
Flores is not facing a formidable opponent in David McNemar (13-1, 10 KOs), a 39-year-old from West Virginia who is stepping in for injured Ahmed Samir, who also was not a notable foe. McNemar is coming off a loss and has not fought in 16 months. But Flores is highly ranked by the various sanctioning organizations and isn’t about to risk his position, especially for what amounts to a stay-busy fight in front of his hometown fans at the Shrine Mosque, where Flores said he expects a crowd of close to 3,000.
“I am looking forward to fighting in front of my hometown fans again,” Flores said. “After Samir pulled out, we offered the fight to five or six undefeated guys but McNemar was the one who stepped up to the plate and accepted. I know he is coming to win, so I expect a tough fight, but at the end of the day I am ranked very high across the board and it’s very possible, and even likely, that I will fight for a title in my next fight , so I can’t look past McNemar.”
As inactive as McNemar has been, Flores also has not fought much in recent years. He has fought only four times since 2010. He lost a decision in Australia to Danny Green in his only fight of 2010, fought twice in 2011 (both against low-level opponents) and has not fought since a sixth-round knockout of onetime fringe welterweight contender Hugo Pineda in January.