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Flores takes over Fight Club

Heavyweight boxer remains undefeated, improving to 10-0 after beating Namauu in main event Thursday night.

August 17, 2012|By Bruce Bourquin

COSTA MESA — With a hard inside right punch so convincing one could almost see it coming, Alexander Flores leveled Henry Namauu to the sky-blue canvas Thursday at The Hangar on the Orange County Fairgrounds.

In front of a packed house Thursday, with 1:15 left in the fourth round of the eight-round bout, Flores showed the local crowd why he is indeed the WBC's 37th-ranked heavyweight in the world and youth world champion with the WBC. For good measure, before that the product of Pomona knocked the overmatched Namauu down with a powerful left cross.

Flores (10-0, eight knockouts), who turned the enviably young age of 22 on Aug. 9, took over and easily beat Namauu (10-5), an experienced Las Vegan who had five knockouts coming into the main event as part of Fight Club OC.

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"It was my best round," Flores said. "He was one of my toughest fighters. You get what you deserve. Toward the end I landed my second punch and just kept pounding and pounding."

To finish things off, Flores got into such a furious rhythm punching Namauu silly, that the referee had no choice but to stop the fight with 1:57 left in the eighth round. That sent Flores into a celebratory frenzy, yelling with his mouth guard showing.

"He was one of the top guys in our heavyweight division," Flores said. "I gave it my all. It feels good fighting in front of (the fans)."

To Namauu's credit, he stuck around and refused to be stopped earlier than he actually was. He even backed Flores into a corner, but once Flores got some space in between them, he struck some hefty blows at Namauu.

In the lone mixed martial arts fight of the night, Rob Emerson from Irvine took on Jason Williams of Buena Park in a three-round 145-pound showdown.

It was over in a flash, with Emerson getting the technical rare naked choke hold on Williams with 2:46 left in the first round. It all happened in one continuous occurrence. Emerson took down Williams, kept him down with chops and quick punches, then pinned him down into submission.

Emerson, a Dana Hills graduate, was disappointed he couldn't put on a better show but took the win to move to 13-10. Williams has a losing mark at 4-5.

"I was trying to manage my weight on top of him," Emerson said. "He was explosive and I managed to ride him the whole way. Once he turned around, I wrenched his head."

Emerson also felt the energy of the local crowd cheering him on. In October, he plans to fight at The Hangar again.

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