Flores Defends Interim WBA World Title

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Flores Defends Interim WBA World Title

Flores won the title by beating via split decision tiny (5'1½") but tough Oscar Escandon in April. (Photo: Getty Images)
Flores won the title by beating via split decision tiny (5’1½”) but tough Oscar Escandon in April. (Photo: Getty Images)

Moises Flores will defend his interim WBA World super bantamweight title over a scheduled 12 rounds against Luis Emanuel Cusolito at the Sands Casino in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, this Tuesday, September 22.

The 28-year-old champ — a seven-year pro who fights out of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico (23-0, 16 KOs, 1 NC) — won the title by beating via split decision tiny (5’1½”) but tough Oscar Escandon in April. The only “blemish” on Flores’ record is his November 2012 bout with Mario Munoz, declared a no contest as the result of an accidental headbutt that opened a bad cut on Munoz’s left eyelid. “Chucky” is ranked #1 by the WBA.

Twenty-seven-year-old Cusolito is a five-year ring vet who fights out of Zarate, Buenos Aires, Argentina (21-1, 19 KOs). “La Ardilla” last fought in March, stopping Sergio Carlos Santillan by second-round TKO. His sole loss came in December 2012, stopped via fifth-round TKO by Maximiliano Luis Marquez when trying for the vacant WBA Fedebol super bantamweight title. Cusolito is ranked #8 by the WBA.

While Flores has fought three times outside his native Mexico (all in the U.S.), only one of Cusolito’s bouts has taken place in a country other than Argentina (he stopped Rodrigo Mendoza by second-round TKO in Mexico in October 2012), the upcoming bout marking his U.S. debut.

The Premier Boxing Champions bout will air live at 9 p.m. ET on Fox Sports 1.

This article was penned by the author who is not related to the WBA and the statements, expressions or opinions referenced herein are that of the author alone and not the WBA.


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