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Sam Goodman outclasses Miguel Flores, eyes off world title shot

Sam Goodman. Photo credit: Zain Mohammed/No Limit Boxing

WBO and IBF number one super bantamweight contender Sam ‘The Ghost’ Goodman 16-0 (7) got to showcase his superb boxing talent to a worldwide audience when he outboxed Miguel Flores 25-5-1 (12) over 12 rounds in their 125-pound catchweight bout at the Gold Coast Convention Centre in Broadbeach, Queensland, Australia on Sunday afternoon local time.

The fight was the main support bout to the WBC junior middleweight world title fight between champion Tim Tszyu 24-0 (17) and challenger Brian ‘La Bala’ Mendoza 22-3 (16). It was broadcast domestically on Main Event pay-pay-view and on Showtime in the United States.

The 25-year-old Goodman from Albion Park in New South Wales proved to be too classy for visiting Mexican-American Flores, 31, who lost every round on two of the official judges’ scorecards.

Goodman controlled the fight with his educated and versatile jab, but that was more to his arsenal than that. Straight right hands and left rips also did damage.

Flores’ game plan was to work the body but his downstairs attack did little to slow the momentum of Goodman. Referee John Watson kept a close eye out for any blows that strayed lowed and warned Flores accordingly.

In the eighth round a left hook to the body set up by a right to the head sunk Flores to the canvas. Later in the same frame another low blow cost him a point to make it a 10-7 round.

Goodman kept up the pressure and Flores struggled to match his pace, losing another point in the 10th for a low blow infringement.

By the time the final sounded the only question was how wide the scorecards would be. Judges Phil Austin and Chris Condon handed in identical cards of 120-105 while judge Rodney Marsh saw it a little closer at 118-107.

“I thought I had him out of there multiple times, but every time I thought I had him the momentum was staggered,” Goodman said.

“He has that Mexican fighting spirit. Fair play to him, he’s a tough fella.”

The victory over the former world title challenger capped off a stellar year for Goodman that also saw him claim the scalps of former IBF champion TJ Doheny 24-4 (18) and fellow top 10 contender Ra’esse Aleem 20-1 (12).

Goodman is now in the box seat to face the winner of the four-belt unification bout between WBC and WBO champion Naoya ‘The Monster’ Inoue 25-0 (22) and WBA and IBF counterpart Marlon ‘The Nightmare’ Tapales 37-3 (19). The fight is expected to take place in December.

Japanese superstar Inoue is no worse than the second best boxer in the world pound-for-pound right now, but Goodman says he holds no fear of him.

“I think I’m a much better fighter, I think I’m much more skilled,” Goodman said before the Flores fight.

“And to be honest, I think I’m gonna surprise him.

“I’m constantly learning, not just in life but in the gym. I’m constantly getting better.”