Lightweight standout Jose Roman and world ranked bantamweight Carlos Carlson (WBC No. 10) return to defend their respective winning streaks on Friday, July 29, from the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, Calif.
The “Path to Glory” 8-round main event features the once-beaten Roman (22-1-1, 15 KOs) going for his ninth straight victory against Venezuela’s Carlos Cardenas (20-10-1, 13 KOs).
Roman, 28, fighting out of Garden Grove, Calif., enters the bout well prepared. He was a late scratch from last month’s Thompson Boxing card, which allowed him to stay active for his upcoming fight against Cardenas.
“I kept training to maintain my weight,” said Roman, who has been sparring with stable mate Cesar Villarraga. “I feel strong and ready to fight Cardenas. The plan is to start fast and set the tone in the first three rounds. My mentality is always to finish the fight early.”
Cardenas matches the description of Roman’s recent competition – well seasoned and tested against world-class competition. In this case, Cardenas holds a recent distance loss to former world champion Juan Diaz.
“He’s a veteran with a lot of experience under his belt,” Roman said. “We are not taking him lightly.”
Tickets for “Path to Glory” are priced at $40, $60, & $100 and are available for purchase online at ThompsonBoxing.com, or by calling 714-935-0900.
In the 8-round co-feature, Carlson (20-1, 11 KOs) faces Gerardo Marin (13-3, 8 KOs) in what is expected to be a back and forth affair between the quick striking bantamweights.
For Carlson, at this stage of his career, every fight is magnified.
“I’m somewhat of a target now that I’ve been moving up in the world rankings,” said the 26-year-old who hails from Tijuana, Mex. “There’s a lot of work to do before I earn a world title shot and it starts with Marin. My focus has been on winning this fight.”
In the “Path to Glory” special attraction, lightweight John Delperdang (6-1, 6 KOs) will have home court advantage when he goes against Colombia’s Andres Figueroa (7-1, 5 KOs) in a bout scheduled for 6-rounds.
Delperdang, who was born and raised in Ontario, plans to rebound from a majority decision loss to Rickey Edwards in May.
“I’ll have the crowd behind me,” said the 24-year-old. “I always put on a good show and next Friday won’t be any different.”
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the first bell rings at 7:45 p.m. The Doubletree Hotel is located at 222 N. Vineyard Ave. in Ontario, Calif. and can be reached at 909-937-0900.