SANTA MARIA, Calif. - Karlos Balderas will return to the ring this Sunday during a nationally televised boxing event. However, he won't be the only Balderas on the fight card at the Rabobank Theater in Bakersfield.
Joining the 2016 Olympian will be Karlos' older brother Jose, who will make his long-awaited professional debut.
"It's the start of my pro run and I'm truly blessed," said Jose Balderas. "God has blessed me and I'm thankful for the all the opportunities."
The two Santa Maria fighters are part of an event to be televised live on Fox Sports 1 that is headlined by former world champion Victor Ortiz fighting Saul Corral.
A number of undercards features Ringstar Sports "rising stars," including Karlos Balderas (1-0, 1 KO), who is set to fight for the second time as a professional.
"My nerves are more at ease because I got the first one out of the way, now it's just time to get the ball rolling," said Karlos Balderas "I'm super confident and super prepared, physically, mentally and I'm going to have a lot more people going to this fight. I'm in much better shape and looking to putting on a much better performance."
Topping his debut fight might prove to be challenging for the Santa Maria High School alum.
Taking on Thomas Smith in Los Angeles last April, Balderas dominated the action, thoroughly outperforming the veteran fighter.
After only three minutes, Balderas scored a technical knockout after Smith gave up at the conclusion of the first round.
With his pro debut over, the soon-to-be 21-year-old Balderas says he's feeling much more confident as the readies to battle Eder Amaro Fajardo (3-3, 2 KO) of Mexico in a six-round super featherweight match.
"You happen to get more comfortable and with each fight and you get more experience, more at ease," Balderas said. "Your body, your mind is much more relaxed for when the fight comes. I'm looking forward to it."
Balderas adds he's excited about fighting on the same card as his brother, especially since they haven't done so in about eight years.
"I'm very thankful to my promoter and to my people who have pushed for us to get this far," said Balderas. "My brother has worked very hard as well, as hard as I have, so I'm very happy for him."
Jose Balderas is set to face Don Jose (0-3-1) of Stockton in a four-round bantamweight match.
"I'm excited for everything," said Jose Balderas, 22. "We've been having a good camp. I've been training every since I've been recovering from my surgery and I feel like new again."
For the older Balderas, the fight will will end a long time away from the ring. After sustaining an injury early last year, he has not fought in more than 14 months.
He says he's ready to finally climb into the ring and show people there's another Balderas who is ready to take the boxing world by storm.
"My dream is to become a world champ, just one time," said Jose Balderas. "I know I can make it if I really want to, but the work needs to be put in."
On Monday morning, along with their promoter Ringstar Sports, the Balderas' brother held a open workout for the media, as well as family, friends and community members.
With a number of people on hand, the brothers went through light workouts, pushing each other at times, as they probably have thousands of times before.
"I'm very confident in my team and my brother," said Jose Balderas. "He's been a great help in my camp, both of camps. We've been a great help to each other and I feel very confident."
Karlos Balderas said he's looking forward to fighting in front of a big crowd of supporters in Bakersfield.
With the city only about two hours east of Santa Maria, both brothers are excited about performing for the many fans that are expected to make the trip.
"I have a lot of people surrounding me and a lot of people behind me," said Karlos Balderas. "I can't put into words how grateful I am and I feel like I have to give my people a good show."
Karlos and Jose Balderas will fight on Sunday, July 30 at the Rabobank Theater in Bakersfield.
The live telecast will begin on Fox Sports 1 at 4 p.m.
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