By Jake Donovan
Jose Balderas continues to have to fight for his share of headlines, as far more attention has been paid to his younger brother Karlos.
More performances like Saturday will get him there.
The rising bantamweight prospect from California remains perfect as a pro, scoring a 4th round stoppage of Julio Garcia in their PBC on FS1 preliminary bout (actually airing on FS2 due to a Major League Baseball game running long and into extra innings) Saturday evening at Soboba Casino in San Jacinto, California.
Balderas—whose younger brother Karlos fought on the 2016 U.S. Olympic boxing team in Rio and is an unbeaten lightweight prospect—scored four knockdowns on the night, all while fighting through an injured shoulder.
The bout jumped off to a competitive start, as Garcia (3-1, 2KOs) enjoyed a solid opening round against an initially tentative Balderas. Once the bell sounded to begin round two, the tide turned and momentum remained largely in Balderas’ direction.
Balderas twice floored the previously unbeaten Garcia in the frame, immediately erasing an early deficit and continuing to apply pressure on the Wisconsin native. His relentlessness paid off, sending Garcia to the canvas twice more in round four before referee Ray Corona halted the contest.
The official time was 2:18 of round four.
Saturday’s win runs Balderas’ record to 7-0 (2KOs), although it could be a while before he returns to the ring.
“I was training while my shoulder was hurt for the past couple of weeks,” Balderas informed Fox Sports’ Jordan Hardy. I just want to go back to the drawing board and go from there.”
The bout aired live on FS2 and Fox Deportes, in supporting capacity to a welterweight main event between former two-division titlist Devon Alexander faces California-based Ukrainian super lightweight Ivan Redkach, who moves up in weight.
Earlier in the telecast, Marlon Tapales (33-2, 16KOs) picked up his 12th straight win in a 3rd round knockout of Roberto Castaneda. The Manny Pacquiao-promoted super bantamweight southpaw floored Mexico’s Castaneda (23-12-2, 16KOs) in the opening round and applied pressure until forcing a stoppage at 1:37 of round three.
Jake Donovan is a senior writer for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox