Salinas boxer Justin “The Stallion” Cardona training for Showtime fight

An undefeated boxer from Salinas, who goes by the nickname “the Stallion,” is hoping for his shot at a world title. But first Justin Cardona needs to go through Joshua Draughter in a nationally televised bout on Feb. 26 in Las Vegas.A victory for Cardona on Showtime could move him closer to a championship bout.“Just going in there doing what I got to do and just coming out with a win and if the knockout comes then it comes if it doesn’ t it doesn’t,” said Justin “The Stallion” Cardona.In Cardona’s corner will be two generations of championship boxing, Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero and his father Ruben, senior.The father-son team agreed to manage and train Cardona after seeing his dedication, commitment and drive to succeed. “You gotta be able to put everything aside and try to make yourself better because if you don’t get better in this sport you’re getting beat down or knocked out,” added the champion.The boxing team known as Mad Dog-Guerrero boxing in Gilroy gave Cardona a chance when other trainers wouldn’t tak ea chance on the young and inexperienced Cardona.“The reason I kept this kid is because he was always disciplined, he was in the gym every day … he was always watching what I’d be doing, watching Robert getting ready for his fights, Trainer Ruben Guerrero Sr. said. “You can tell right away the ones that want it real bad, so I go you know what this kid’s a keeper.” Cardona started boxing when he was 7 years old at a little boxing gym in Closter Park in East Salinas known as the Salinas Boxing Club.Cardona is 6-0 in professional bouts — four of those fights were won by knockout.And the Stallion is no stranger to the spotlight.His first fight was an undercard in a nationally televised fight; all but one of his fights have been televised.All of his fights have also been as an undercard.Cardona has no doubt that will change.“I see something in myself and I’m going to prove to everybody that I’m going to be a world champion. I’ m going to do it for myself for my parents, for my coach and the people who support me 100-percent. Cardona said.Who better to help him get there than 6-time world champion, Robert Guerrero; a champion in four divisions, who went the distance with undefeated champ Floyd Mayweather Jr.“The top fighters in the world, carrying world championship belts around my waist it just goes to show anybody can do it, if you put your mind you work hard you have that drive that dedication it can be done,” Guerrero said.Cardono who graduated from Everette Alvarez High School and continues to live in East Salinas The boxer said we all choose our own path. trouble, it’s two-sided you pick your path,” Cardona said.And, hopefully, for Cardona, his path leads to a world title.

An undefeated boxer from Salinas, who goes by the nickname “the Stallion,” is hoping for his shot at a world title. But first Justin Cardona needs to go through Joshua Draughter in a nationally televised bout on Feb. 26 in Las Vegas.

A victory for Cardona on Showtime could move him closer to a championship bout.

“Just going in there doing what I got to do and just coming out with a win and if the knockout comes then it comes if it doesn’t it doesn’t,” said Justin “The Stallion” Cardona.

In Cardona’s corner will be two generations of championship boxing, Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero and his father Ruben, senior.

The father-son team agreed to manage and train Cardona after seeing his dedication, commitment and drive to succeed.

“He’s not afraid to ask questions he’s not scared to learn he has no ego nothing like that and that’s what you need in boxing to become a world champion,” champion boxer Robert Guerrero said.

“You gotta be able to put everything aside and try to make yourself better because if you don’t get better in this sport you’re getting beat down or knocked out,” added the champion.

The boxing team known as Mad Dog-Guerrero boxing in Gilroy gave Cardona a chance when other trainers wouldn’t take a chance on the young and inexperienced Cardona.

“The reason I kept this kid is because he was always disciplined, he was in the gym every day … he was always watching what I’d be doing, watching Robert getting ready for his fights,” trainer Ruben Guerrero Sr. said. “You can tell right away the ones that want it real bad, so I go you know what this kid’s a keeper.”

Cardona started boxing when he was 7 years old at a little boxing gym in Closter Park in East Salinas known as the Salinas Boxing Club.

Cardona is 6-0 in professional bouts — four of those fights were won by knockout.

And the Stallion is no stranger to the spotlight. His first fight was an undercard in a nationally televised fight; all but one of his fights have been televised.

All of his fights have also been as an undercard. Cardona has no doubt that will change.

“I see something in myself and I’m going to prove to everybody that I’m going to be a world champion. I’m going to do it for myself for my parents, for my coach and the people who support me 100-percent. I’m going to be a world champion!” Cardona said.

Who better to help him get there than 6-time world champion, Robert Guerrero; a champion in four divisions, who went the distance with undefeated champ Floyd Mayweather Jr.

“The top fighters in the world, carrying world championship belts around my waist it just goes to show anybody can do it, if you put your mind you work hard you have that drive that dedication it can be done,” Guerrero said.

Cardono who graduated from Everette Alvarez High School and continues to live in East Salinas agrees. The boxer said we all choose our own path.

“Not to say it in a mean way, do you want to end up on the streets or do you want to end up in a good spot with your family your friends staying out of trouble, it’s two-sided you pick your path,” Cardona said.

And, hopefully, for Cardona, his path leads to a world title.

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