Ramon Cardenas Eyeing Shot At 122-Pound Kingpin Naoya Inoue

Ramon Cardenas Moving Closer To A World Title Opportunity

Ramon Cardenas stands across the ring from 122-pound champion Naoya Inoue
Ramon Cardenas desires a world title shot at 122

Ramon Cardenas Feels Ready to Fight for a World Title at 122


San Antonio, Texas native Ramon Cardenas (25-1, 14 KOs) legitimized his world-class credentials with a ninth-round knockout over KO against Eduardo “Koreano” Ramirez (22-4-2, 16 KOs) on April 24 at the Whitesands Event Center on Plant City, Florida. Now Cardenas believes he’s in a position to fight for the world junior featherweight title – the property of undisputed champion Naoya Inoue.

It was a competitive and tactical battle between Cardenas and Ramirez in the opening rounds. But fighting behind the jab, Cardenas began to adjust his style and take control in the middle rounds. The end came suddenly, as at the midway point of round nine, the Texan ended the fight with a beautiful left hook to the ribs that put Ramirez down for the count.

What’s impressive about Cardenas is his combination of patience and skills. The 28-year-old has one of the better jabs in the division. He’s also showing power, as evidenced by this victory over Ramirez and his previous contest – a sixth-round stoppage over Israel Picazo in February 2024, in which he broke Picazo’s jaw.

MUST WAIT HIS TURN

However, Team Cardenas will have to be patient about their future. The current kingpin of the division is the undisputed champion, Naoya Inoue. Next up for Inoue is a title defense against mandatory WBC challenger Luis Nery on May 6 in Tokyo, Japan. If Inoue is successful against Nery, next up for the Monster will likely be a battle against former unified champion and current WBA mandatory challenger Murodjon Akhmadaliev.

Cardenas is currently ranked fourth by the WBA and tenth by the IBF and WBO at 122 pounds. The handlers of Cardenas believe that their fighter can fight and compete with anyone at junior featherweight. They would love for Cardenas to get the chance to face the undisputed champion.

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