Exciting super featherweight Dat Nguyen (20-3, 6 KOs) dropped and stopped previously unbeaten Miguel Flores (21-1, 9 KOs) in the sixth-round of the main event of Premier Boxing Champions TOE-TO-TOE TUESDAYS on FS1 and BOXEO DE CAMPEONES on FOX Deportes Tuesday night from Silver Street in Houston, Texas.
"Every day I train hard to get to this moment," said Nguyen. "I'm thankful to everyone who was here to watch this performance and I'm ready to take on bigger and better challenges."
Flores started out trying to work off of the jab and impose his size and reach advantages on his smaller but more seasoned opponent. Nguyen was prepared for Flores' usually lethal left hook to the body and was able to deflect it while finding a landing spot for his right hand.
The power punch made its first mark late in round two when Nguyen's right hand hit Flores flush on the chin and sent the hometown prospect into survival mode for the remainder of the round. Flores continued to come forward and control moments of the fight, but Nguyen was consistently able to respond with more powerful punches.
"Flores is a warrior like all great Mexican fighters," said Nguyen. "That is the style I try to fight with too. I fight with that heart every time I'm in the ring. Flores came in fighting like a warrior but it didn't work out for him."
As the fight entered the second half of the scheduled 10 rounds, Nguyen caught Flores with several big hooks during an exchange against the ropes that sent Flores crashing hard to the canvas. Flores got to his feet but was clearly dazed as he attempted to hold on to Nguyen to survive the round.
Nguyen was able to remain patient enough to land a series of hard clean blows to Flores that forced referee Laurence Cole to call a halt to the bout at 1:02 in the sixth round. Flores was unable to give post fight comments due to a busted lip that required stitches.
"Miguel Flores is a tough guy and he's going to be a champion one day," said Nguyen. "Today was my day to win. I've been here 13 years as a professional and I finally got my shot at the top. I'm thankful to everyone who believed in me."