WBC cruiserweight champion Tony Bellew has vowed to inflict the first knockout of BJ Flores’ career this weekend.
Bellew faces his maiden title defence in Liverpool on Saturday after stopping Ilunga Makabu over three rounds in May to claim the vacant belt.
Flores, 37, has suffered only two defeats in the professional ranks – neither of which was by knockout – albeit Britain’s Bellew is four years younger than the American.
But Bellew is confident that he can secure a stoppage at the Liverpool Echo Arena and remain champion.
“I’m just going to pulverise him with everything, he’s in for a hiding,” he told Sky Sports.
“As good as he is, which he is good, he’s been ranked now for many, many years, but I’ll be honest, his mouth got him the fight and now his mouth has stopped, only the harsh realities remain in front of him.
“And the harsh reality is that he’s in with the most dangerous cruiserweight in the world and that’s me, and come Saturday night, he’s going to know that.
“Make no mistake about it, BJ Flores is hitting the floor for the first time on Saturday and he’s going to stay there as well.”