Cardona wants another shot

Interview by Antonio Castro

It’s been over a year since Israel “Pito” Cardona has been in a ring. He’s lost three straight and five of his last seven. On Saturday night from Cleveland, Ohio,Cardona (36-9, 28 KO’s) will look to turn things around as he takes on Hector Camacho Jr (48-3-1, 27 KO’s) for the vacant WBC CABOFE light middleweight title. Cardona wants another shot at a title, and knows that a win would get him back in contention. Fightnews feature writer Antonio Castro caught up with Cardona, as he waited for Camacho to take off the final two pounds necessary to make the fight a go.

What are your thoughts on Camacho being overweight at the initial weigh in?

It’s not surprising. I know he has had trouble making weight in the past. You just have to train and make sure you make weight.

How do you feel fighting at 154 pounds?

It’s great! It gives me a chance to eat more. I’m 34 years old now and as I have gotten older, this is the perfect weight for me. I’ve been around 160 pounds for a couple of months now, so I only had to lose a few pounds.

What do you have to do to defeat Camacho?

I have to go after him and take his head off. I can’t let him use his boxing skills and his southpaw style. I have to make it a war. It’s going to be a war!

A.C.: Does Camacho have any tendencies that you feel will work in your favor?

I haven’t seen him fight that much, but I know that he leans on the ropes quite a bit and I’m going to trap him on the ropes too. I’m sure that he’s going to try to box. He has been talking a lot and told me he was going to come to fight, but I know he’s not going to stand toe to toe with me.

At 34 years of age, how much do you feel you have left in the ring?

I have plenty left, but it also depends on this fight. I would like another world title shot. If I win this fight, I’ll get another title shot. This is my life. I’m planning on winning this fight and getting another shot either at 147 or 154 (pounds). I can make 147 pretty easy. If I can’t get through Camacho, then its time to hang it up.

Any final thoughts?

Yes actually, the WBC President Jose Sulaiman is ill and I would like to wish him a good recovery. I’m honored to be fighting for a WBC title on Saturday night.