Miguel Flores grew up idolizing Mexican champions such as Marco Antonio Barrera and Julio Cesar Chavez, but older brother Benjamin’s influence most inspired him to enter a boxing ring. With busy, hard-working parents who didn’t have as much time at home as they would have liked, Miguel would accompany Benjamin to the gym. The two were as close as brothers could be and inspired each other to get into the ring. His brother was the first but tragedy truck Miguel's brother.
April 30, 2009, Benjamin, a rising 122-pound prospect, collapsed in the ring in Dallas after being stopped in the eighth round. Five days later, the 24-year-old died from injuries suffered in the fight.
The death was unexpected and tragic, but Miguel kept punching. “Most people who had to go through that situation would probably have quit,” Miguel said. “I made the decision to keep going because if I stopped there, his death would have been for nothing.”
Miguel's persistence and determination have allowed him to be a winner despite all the odds. Nothing can stop Miguel Flores from fighting and showing everyone what it means to be a real warrior.