Exciting Tripleheader to Be Broadcast Live on SHOWTIME® at 9:30 PM ET/PT
September 11, 2023 – San Antonio’s own Ramon “Dinamita” Cardenas is putting the finishing touches on training camp to face undefeated 122-lb Panamanian prospect Rafael Pedroza for the WBA Continental-Latin American Super Bantamweight Championship in the 10-round super bantamweight main event of a SHOBOX: The New Generation telecast on Friday, September 15 at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT live on SHOWTIME from Boeing Center at Tech Point in San Antonio, Texas.
Previously ranked as high as No. 5 by the WBA, Cardenas has won his last 10 bouts dating back to 2017. He earned a career-best victory at The Alamodome in July 2022, defeating once-beaten Michel Banquez via unanimous decision.
Hard at work with trainer Chato Martinez at Chato’s Boxing Club in San Antonio, 27-year-old Cardenas says it’s all finally coming together for him and his career. With the prospect of winning a nationally televised main event in front of his hometown friends and family, while gaining access to even bigger opportunities after that, Cardenas says he will leave no stone unturned when it comes to his preparations for the big fight.
Here’s what he had to say:
“Everything is going well. I never really stop training, so I’ve just kept doing what I usually do, I’m just doing more of it. This guy (Pedroza) is undefeated, so he’ll fight like it. He’ll come a little stronger than other fighters and I’m totally prepared for that. I know he’ll be dangerous for the first few rounds, but then, my experience will take over in the later rounds.”
“I don’t really watch tapes on anybody because every fight is different. They fight you differently than they did somebody else, so that’s why I don’t normally watch tapes, but he tagged me in something on his Instagram and I looked at a short video of him. Everything he does, I do better. I don’t say that in a cocky way. Overall, I’m just the better fighter.”
“I’m super excited. People will finally see who I am, and the bigger fights will start coming my way. My career is finally coming around and now I plan to take full advantage of it. A lot of doors will open when I win this belt. I’ve always wanted to face better competition. I want to always be progressing, not regressing. I want to fight guys who are undefeated. That’s what I need. That will put my career on the front burner.”
“I put on a good show and a lot of people come to my fights. I’m going to be fighting for my second WBA belt. To win it in front of my family and fans and everybody will be so sweet. My first WBA belt, I won in Florida and there were only a few people there to celebrate with me. It’s going to be super sweet. I’m excited. It’s a dream come true. I’ve put in a lot of hard work. I never got much help coming up. I didn’t find a promoter when I turned pro. I had a couple offers but they weren’t good. I decided to do it on my own. I fought anywhere I could get a fight. It was all leading up to this. There’s nothing better than that.”
In the co-featured bout, hard-hitting undefeated Argentine Mirco Cuello (12-0, 11 KOs) will return to the U.S. for the first time since 2020 to battle undefeated Los Angeles native Rudy Garcia (13-0-1, 2 KOs). The telecast opener features undefeated KO artist Freudis Rojas (11-0, 11 KOs), meeting once-beaten Californian Saul Bustos (15-1-1, 8 KOs) in an eight-round welterweight bout.
This event is presented by Sampson Boxing, Paco Presents and Davies Entertainment.