Gabriel Flores Jr will celebrate his 19th birthday three days late by boxing in his hometown Stockton for the first time as a professional on Saturday 4th May.
Around 10,000 fans will pack into Stockton Arena, many of them to see the unbeaten Lightweight prospect who faces Eduardo Pererira in a six rounder, live on BoxNation.
In the main event, IBF World Light-Heavyweight Champion Artur Beterbiev – the only current World Champion in boxing with a 100 percent knockout ratio – will fight the hard-hitting Radivoje 'Hot Rod' Kalajdzic.
In a second World Title fight, Jerwin 'Pretty Boy' Ancajas will make the seventh defence of his IBF World Super-Flyweight Title against mandatory contender Ryuichi Funai.
Flores, a one-time standout amateur who signed with Top Rank in 2016 at the age of 16, is now one of the sport's top young ticket-sellers.
"Not many fighters can sell tickets, so for me to do it in my hometown at such a young age is a blessing,” said the young man who celebrated his birthday on Wednesday.
"I have a great team behind me, and having ESPN come to Stockton is a dream come true. Pereira is a veteran who has fought many top prospects. He's an aggressive fighter, which will make for a crowd-pleasing fight.
"I want to show out for my hometown. There hasn't been a boxing event like this is in Stockton for many years," he continued.
When he was 12 years old, Gabe Flores Jr's mother was shot dead due to gang-related violence.— BoxNation (@boxnationtv) April 29, 2019
Now 12-0, the Lightweight prospect boxes in his hometown of Stockton, California this Saturday night and has a bright future ahead 🙇♂️#MondayMotivation @trboxing pic.twitter.com/vP9mo8FNR0
"I honestly don't feel pressure fighting in my hometown. If anything, it gives me more motivation. I want to put Stockton back on the boxing map.
"I can feel myself growing into my man strength now. I am 19 years old now, and I have learned so much in my two years as a professional. I have faced a lot of different styles and types of fighters, which has helped my development.
"Me, I want to go into the ring and make my mother proud (Flores' mother, Juanita Maldonado, passed away in 2013).
"I will go into the ring against a very experienced opponent. There will be bright lights and lasers flashing when I get into the ring and there will be bright lights and lasers flashing when I start fighting. Since I’ve been a small boy, I have dreamed of this day, and here we are at last."