Nickname: The Great
Resides: Rowland Heights, CA
22-year-old heavyweight prospect Alexander “The Great” Flores became the first boxer signed to a long-term promotional contract in September 2011 with Roy Englebrecht Promotions in the history of the long-standing promotional firm.
And what a fine prospect he has become. With youth and length on his side, Flores has turned heads with fine performances in his young career.
2011 was an outstanding year for the young heavyweight, having easily outpointed the much hyped former football star Quadtrine Hill in Las Vegas over four rounds in April, and then topping that with a destruction of former amateur standout Serhiy Karpenko in the August installment of Fight Club OC in August 2011, via a brutal 3rd round KO.
In October 2011, Flores dispatched of durable veteran Chad Davis of Phoenix, AZ in the very first round at San Manuel Casino in Highland, CA.
In December 2011, he destroyed rugged journeyman Kelsey Arnold in devastating fashion in the first round as well, dramtically dropping the veteran with a crushing right hand at The Hangar in Orange County.
2012 was no different at all. In April of 2012 he dismantled Giovani Sarran with a second round stoppage at The Hangar in Orange County.
May 17th, Flores won the Vacant WBC Youth Heavyweight Title with an impressive stoppage of previously unbeaten Joey Montoya of Colorado Springs, CO. This fight took place in front of a star studded crowd at Lakeside Country Club in Burbank, CA.
Flores was given a big test by Las Vegas native Henry Namauu in August of 2012, when Namauu gamely fought into the eight and final round before finally falling to the pressure of Flores.
In December, Flores outclassed journeyman Matt Hicks over one round. Flores has run his record to 11-0 and 9 KO’s, including seven consecutive wins inside the distance.
Flores has yet to see the scorecards while under the Roy Englebrecht banner.
Boxing experts have taken note, as one reputable blogger has Flores pegged as the 23rd best heavyweight prospect in the world. Among Amercian heayweights, he is in the top 10. Boxingprospects.info describes him as “likely the American heavyweight to watch for in the upcoming decade.”
Flores is currently ranked in the top 40 of the World Boxing Council, and is by far the youngest heavyweight among that top 40.
Division: Junior Welterweight
Newport Beach, CA.: Southern California fight promoter Roy Englebrecht announced today the signing of the Southland’s first Korean-American boxer to a promotional agreement. 23 year old junior welterweight Daniel Kim, the 2012 Southern California Blue & Gold Champion and a 2013 graduate of UC Irvine, signed with Englebrecht in an office ceremony today.
“I am extremely excited that Daniel has decided to sign with us and join the three other pro fighters we have under contract,” said Englebrecht. “As it is our goal to sign only Southern California fighters, and with Daniel now joining 13-0 Alexander Flores, 2-0 Dwain Victorian, and our 3-0 MMA fighter Curtis Millender, with Daniel being from Cerritos, it was a natural fit. It also didn’t hurt that Daniel is a college graduate, has great roots in the Southern California Korean community, has matinee idol looks, a strong spiritual faith, and can fight. I am excited that he will make his professional debut before a ton of family and friends on the Thursday, October 3rd Fight Club OC show.”
Kim only stepped into a boxing gym in Orange County in 2010, and asked trainer Alan Kemp, “Can I learn to box here?” A former captain of his high school basketball team at Whitney High in Cerritos, Kemp quickly found out that Kim possessed considerable athletic talent, keen intelligence, and a very strong desire to become the best boxer he could. After more than two years in the amateur ranks, Kemp and Kim have decided that now is the time to turn pro, and will be facing Devonte Donaldson out of Long Beach.
“Turning pro is something I’m really excited about, but I haven’t accomplished anything yet, I measure myself by my success in the ring,” said Kim, “I feel very fortunate to be signing with Roy Englebrecht, as I have heard nothing but compliments from everyone about the way Roy’s fighters are taken care of and the quality of the shows he puts on. He has a great staff, and I’m truly fortunate to be launching my pro career with such a talented and dedicated team.”
“By becoming a Korean-American boxer, I’ve stepped outside the cultural norms and social expectations placed on many of my fellow Korean Americans,” continued Kim, “Growing up, I was left with a strong impression that pursuing a future as an athlete was impossible or a waste of time. Professionally boxing as a Korean American allows me to challenge these cultural and social sentiments while proudly representing Korean and other Asian Americans in a domain where we are vastly underrepresented and often taken lightly.”
Daniel Kim was born in Cerritos and is the eldest son of He Kyung and In Chong Kim. He was a Regents Scholarship winner at UC Irvine, one the most prestigious awards given by the University. He graduated in June with a B.A. in Psychology and Social Behavior. He also has been part of the congregation at Calvary Mission Church in Buena Park for the past ten years. Kim is trained and managed by Alan Kemp, a former pro boxer, a member of the Buffalo Boxing Hall of Fame, and director of the Alan Kemp Boxing club at South Coast Martial Arts in Costa Mesa, CA.