Late night tonight Telemundo kicks off its spring boxing series with an old-fashioned Puerto Rico vs. Mexico themed battle when Miguel Cartagena(14-2, 5 KOs) takes on Richard Rodriguez (12-3, 4 KOs) in a 10 round bout for the WBO Latin Jr. Bantamweight Title. It is a big spot on national TV for two fighters who are looking to get over the hump and into the next level of competition.
For Philadelphia’s Cartagena – it is a great opportunity to show the world first hand that he is back for good against a known durable fighter who comes to win. Rodriguez, a Telemundo regular over the past year, said “I’m expecting a very tough fight. I’ve prepared well and I really want to start a new win streak once again to get into world title contention”. This one is expected to be a rumble. Tune in at 11:30 PM – Verizon Channel 512, Comcast Channel 24
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“Miguel did it again” says Javier Varella, head of the Philly Rumblers Boxing Club when he called to inform me that 16 year old amateur Miguel Cartagena won the USA Boxing nationals at 106 lbs with a 7-5 win over Hawaii’s Garen Rabellizsa on June 13, 2009.
This marks the second national tournament that North Philly’s Cartagena has won in the past month. He took the national Golden Gloves in May with an impressive showing in Salt Lake City Utah.
There is no stopping now because The Philly Rumblers are headed to Milan Italy to capture a world championship at the end of the summer.
Congrats to the Cartagena’s, trainer Varella and the entire Philly Rumbler BC team down at B & Allegheny on putting together one of the most impressive amateur runs in recent memory.
Bernard Fernandez also gives Miguel a shout in the 6/18 issues of the Daily News http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/boxing/20090615_Philly_s_Cartagena_wins_national_title.html