Jose Roman Destroys Martin Cardona inside 3!

Photos: Art Gallegos Jr./

Lightweight prospect Jose “El Gato” Roman (20-1-1, 14 KOs) destroyed Martin Cardona (18-4, 13 KOs) inside three rounds on Friday night at the Double Tree Hotel in Ontario Ca. Cardona didn’t put up much of a fight after the opening round and seemed like it was just about survival for as long as it lasted. Roman, of garden Grove stalked the much smaller Cardona from the opening bell and eventually dropped the Mexican fighter with a flurry of shots early in round three. Referee Raul Caiz Sr. immediately waved it off without a count.

In the co-feature, super bantamweight prospect Danny Roman (13-2-1, 5 KOs) had his hands full with veteran Giovanni Caro (23-14-4, 19 KOs) but dominated on the scorecards to earn a shutout victory after eight rounds. Caro had moments throughout the fight but couldn’t match the output or accuracy of LA’s Roman. All three judges would agree with scores of 80-72 all in favor of Roman.

Unbeaten heavyweight LaRon Mitchell (7-0, 7 KOs) kept his perfect record intact with a second round KO over Seattle’s Sylvester Barron (8-4, 3 KOs). Mitchell dropped Barron in the first round and finished him in the second.

Unbeaten super middleweight Rudy “Junior” Puga (4-0, 4 KOs) dominated an outgunned Katrell Straus (2-4, 1 KO) to score a fourth round TKO. Puga worked the body over the four rounder and a flurry of shots in the final round had referee Raul Caiz Sr. stepping in to save the “Cincinnati Kid”. Time was :41

Welterweight Eridanni Leon (1-1) scored a majority decision victory over Elih Lizama (0-1) after four rounds of action. Lizama rallied late and one over one judge who saw it even at 38-38 but it wasn’t enough for the deciding two judges who saw Leon dominating with scores of 40-36.

Anaheim’s Miguel Trejo (1-0, 1 KO) recorded his first victory by stopping Jonathan Aceves (0-1) in the third round of his professional debut. The more technically sound Trejo dominated the action for the three rounds until Aceves’ corner decided the Whittier fighter had took enough punishment and threw in the towel. Referee David Denkin waved it off at the corner’s request at the 2:58 mark.


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