1988-01-22 Carlos De Leon w pts 12 Jose Maria Flores Burlon, Convention Centre, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA - WBC
1988-01-22 Carlos De Leon w pts 12 Jose Mario Flores, Convention Centre, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA - WBC. Referee: Frank Cappuccino. Scorecards: 119-110, 118-111, 118-110. Having been booked to meet Pinklon Thomas in an overweight match, when the latter pulled out De Leon (188) found himself taking on Flores in a title defence instead. Clearly unprepared, De Leon let Flores (189), a most inept challenger, stay the full course when it was clear to most of those in attendance that he could have ended the contest as and when he liked. Apart from a brief spell in the sixth when hitting back with both hands after being stunned, and in the 11th when winging in wide hooks, Flores did very little to suggest that he wanted to be a champion.