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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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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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