Kermit Cintron to return on May 6
He may be pushing 37 years of age but Kermit Cintron believes he still has another run left toward a big money fight or an opportunity at a world title.
Cintron will end a two-year hiatus from the ring Friday night when he faces veteran Eduardo Flores in a six-round junior middleweight bout.
The fight will be part of a Kings Promotions card, taking place at the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Cintron (35-5-2, 28 knockouts) has not fought since March of 2014. In that fight, Cintron grinded out a 10-round unanimous decision win over Ronald Cruz. He is unbeaten in his last three bouts since he was stopped in the fifth round at the hands of then-WBC junior middleweight titlist Canelo Alvarez in Nov. of 2011.
Cintron is looking to ultimately compete in the competitive welterweight division.
“I am just trying to get my feet wet again,” said Cintron, who was born in Carolina, Puerto Rico and resides in Reading, Pennsylvania. “I am excited for this opportunity and to be back with Marshall (Kauffman). Joe Pastore is training me and Marshall is promoting me. I am just trying to get back to being my old self again.”
“We will slowly work our way down and see how my body feels. (Friday night) will be at 154. The next fight, I am looking at 150-151 and then, hopefully, 147.”
Flores (23-20-3, 15 KOs) has lost his last two bouts and is 3-3 in his last six fights. Flores, who resides in Quito, Ecuador, lost a one-sided, 10-round decision to Khiary Gary Pitts on Feb. 19.
In the main event, super middleweight Christopher Brooker, who has won his last five bouts, faces Antowyan Aikens in an eight-round bout.
Junior welterweight Naim Nelson squares off against veteran Carlos Velasquez in a six-round bout.
Light heavyweight Aaron Brooks will make his pro debut against boxing scribe Ryan Bivins in a four-round bout.
Francisco A. Salazar has written for RingTV since Oct. of 2013 and has covered boxing in Southern California and abroad since 2000. Francisco also covers boxing for the Ventura County (California) Star newspaper, RingTV and Knockout Nation. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter at FSalazarBoxing.