Jose Roman punishes Carlos Cardenas
- Updated: August 10, 2016
More than 900 fans packed the latest Thompson Boxing Promotions ‘Path to Glory’ series installment which produced high action, spirited exchanges and knockout wins last Friday night inside the opulent confines of the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, California.
In the nights main event lightweight Jose Roman (23-1-1, 16KO) rocked Carlos Cardenas in the opening minute of the fight and Cardenas later decided to take a knee after more punishment was dished out by the Garden Grove, California native. The referee waived off the bout with Cardenas still on his knee.
The co-main event featured Ontario’s John Delperdang against Andres Figueroa in a lightweight contest.
Delperdang, (7-1, 7KO) got back in the win column following his first career loss to Rickey Edwards in May of this year. “Bang Bang” weathered an early storm from Figueroa, got his timing right and began to land to the head, leading to a knockdown in the second round and an eventual referee stoppage at 2:12 of the fourth round after a barrage of unanswered punches landed that had Figueroa on the ropes.
“I’m just glad that I had an opponent who was willing to exchange,” said Delperdang regarding Figueroa. In his tussle against Edwards, the Texas native was less apt to trade and more inclined to clinch and grab Delperdang throughout the contest, which led to two points being taken away from Edwards in differing rounds, yet Edwards still garnering a decision victory.
Michael Norato, (3-0, 1KO) defeated Miguel Barajas in a four round lightweight bout that was competitive even with the judges scoring a unanimous decision for Norato, who remained undefeated as a professional.
A first round knockout was registered by Argentine Neri Romero (2-0, 2KO) as a body shot halted Pedro Dimas, who made his professional debut, in his tracks in their super lightweight fight.
Recent Thompson Boxing Promotions signee Ruben Villa made his professional debut in fantastic fashion by stopping opponent Gerardo Molina in the first round.
The amateur standout and multiple national Golden Glove winner started early against Molina and registered a knockdown, followed by a series of unanswered punches that prompted the referee stoppage at 2:25 of the first frame.
“It felt great to get that first win,” Villa said.
“I didn’t go in thinking knockout, but I knew after the first knockdown that I was going to end it early. I had a bunch of friends and family in attendance. I’m glad I gave them something to smile about.”
Fighters in attendance: Former Heavyweight champion Mike Weaver, John Molina, Marcos Maidana, Mando Ramos.
The next scheduled Thompson Boxing Promotion will take place August 26, 2016 in Corona, California at the Omega Products Outdoor Arena, a spacious outdoor setting that has hosted Showtime and ESPN Friday Night Fight telecasts in years past.