Everett Alvarez graduate and super lightweight contender Justin Cardona (3-0, 2 KOs) took to the ring for the third time in his professional career Saturday night at the Soboba Casino in San Jacinto.
Though fellow Alvarez alum Ruben Villa IV’s been winning championship belts as Salinas’ latest boxing talent, Cardona’s another young Salinas boxer on the rise.
His bout was part of the 15-match event on Premier Boxing Champions series broadcast on Fox Sports 1. Cardona took on Louisiana native J.C. Sanders in the second bout of the event and made quick work of his opponent.
He knocked out Sanders in the first round and the referee stepped in to stop the fight after just one minute and four seconds.
“Thank you to everyone for the support,” Cardona said via Twitter. “…truly blessed and thankful for all the opportunities that I’ve had and that I have coming!”
Though he’s less than a year into his professional career, Cardona’s displayed a mix of skill and power in his first three fights.
His debut in September 2018, just four months after graduating from Everett Alvarez, at Oracle Arena in Oakland saw him notch a technical knockout in the third round.
In March, he went a full four rounds in a unanimous decision victory at the Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson. That stamina and skill to eke out a win—along with the power to knock out an opponent within the first 90 seconds of a fight shown Saturday—position Cardona well to move up super lightweight rankings.
The former Eagle’s been boxing for over a decade and appeared in more than 100 bouts in the amateur ranks. With continued momentum from the three consecutive victories, he’ll likely be back in the ring before the end of the year to make it four in a row.
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