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Follow the Miguel Cartagena vs. Richard Rodriguez fight here

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 Cartagena strikes again,wins USA Nationals in Denver!

“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

Miguel Cartagena becomes a National Champion at 16 years old!

Congrats go out to Miguel Cartagena and the Philly Rumblers Boxing Club on their recent accomplishments in Salt Lake City Utah where Cartagena became the first Philly 16 year old to become a national champion since Meldrick Taylor did it 25 years ago. Trainer by Javier Varella, the team now has their eyes on the 2012 Olympics in London. Ken Hissner checks in with rundown of the Utah tournament along with some quotes from the winning team which can be read here!

A Day at the Philly Rumblers Boxing Club – 2007

“Philly Rumblers Boxing Club is here to stay, we ain’t goin’ no where” head coach Javier Varela says from the gym office which sits on top of the Family Value dollar store near B & Alleghany streets. The gym has only been in existence for six month, but the Philly Rumblers squad is off to a fast start and proudly representing Philadelphia by winning three team trophies which include wins in the Golden Gloves tournament, the Junior Olympics and most recently taking the top prize in Virginia where they put together a 9 -1 team record.

Varela, who has ten years of experience in the sport, opened this gym with the help of his brother and friends to give kids from the neighborhood an alternative from the streets and to do what he does best, teach the art of boxing. He started off as a 20 year old who worked exclusively with his nephew and since then has grown into a multi dimensional trainer / manager who works with fighters of all ages and sizes. He roots for the underdog and fights to win.

The trip to Virgina was full of surprises Javier says and he can’t help but smile when talking about his kid’s performances. As it turns out, his birthday just happened to be the Saturday when they were on the road. “I couldn’t have gotten a better birthday gift” he says, but the highlight of his weekend didn’t come inside the ring. “Seven people were killed in Philly over the weekend, but none of them were my kids, luckily” knowing all too well about the evils that lurk outside of his building.

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