Dunkirk-raised lightweight signs with new promoter

Submitted Photo Dunkirk-raised Wilfredo “El Bravo” Flores recently signed with Greg Cohen Productions.

Greg Cohen of Greg Cohen Promotions recently announced the signing of undefeated lightweight Wilfredo “El Bravo” Flores (8-0, 4 KOs) to a promotional contract.

“I feel confident,” Flores said of the signing. “I’m hoping to get things moving and make a huge impact this year. I always knew I had the talent and dedication, but I haven’t been happy with my career progress. I’ve been a professional for over five years and I’m only 8-0. I just needed the right push to make a mark in the lightweight division and now that I’m with GCP, I’m ready to take over.”

Born in Ponce, Puerto Rico and raised in Dunkirk, Flores is the son of the late professional fighter Abimelic “El Bravo” Vega, who faced a long list of prospects and contenders before his untimely death in 2000 when Flores was just 10 years old.

The younger Flores started training at age 3 by following his father to the gym and, by the time he was 5, would often be invited to show off his burgeoning skills by shadowboxing for the enjoyment of fans at his older brother’s amateur fights.

Flores went on to have over 100 fights, losing just 12 and winning several regional tournaments including the Silver Gloves Junior Golden Gloves and Brampton Cup.

Submitted Photo Dunkirk-raised Wilfredo “El Bravo” Flores recently signed with Greg Cohen Productions.

However, stricken by grief after his father’s passing, Flores took an extended break from boxing to play NCAA Division III college basketball for Medaille College and Fredonia State and then find work, before returning to work with Buffalo-based PAL trainer Hector Alejandro at the insistence of his fiance. Flores now works with trainer Juan De Leon.

“My father’s passing took a toll on me, so I quit for a long time. But then I was working full-time and it was very stressful. I knew something was missing. I met my fiance, and she brought the spark back for me. She said, ‘You’re wasting your talent,’ so I quit my job and went back. From there I turned pro and now I’m undefeated and signed to GCP.”

An ambidextrous natural southpaw who can switch stances effortlessly, Flores is a technical boxer with accurate, deceptively fast hands that give him an explosiveness opponents find overwhelming.

“Boxing led me to happiness,” continued Flores, “I’m a family man and I live by the motto ‘work hard, stay disciplined and do what you love.’ My goals in life are to be a great husband, future father and world champ. With Greg Cohen Promotions, I’m looking forward to finally achieving my goals.”

Cohen says he’ll get to work immediately on moving Flores up the talent-heavy lightweight division.

Submitted Photo Dunkirk-raised Wilfredo “El Bravo” Flores recently signed with Greg Cohen Productions.

“Wilfredo is a hidden gem at 135 pounds,” said Cohen. “He has tremendous talent and skill and just needs the right fights to get him where he belongs in the rankings. We are going to be taking an aggressive fight-schedule approach with him to cover a lot of career ground in a short time. A year or two from now, Wilfredo Flores will be a player in a division already packed with many of the best fighters in boxing.”


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