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News: Orlando Cruz vs. Jorge Pazos on October 19th; Cartagena vs. Rivera on 10/12

ORLANDO, FLORIDA (October 10, 2012) — Jorge Pazos arrived today at Orlando International Airport in advance of next Friday’s October 19 bout against Orlando Cruz. Cruz just last week announced he was a “Proud Gay Man,” – the first active boxer having pronounced so, in boxing history. Photos are below, and in the video link below, Pazos discusses nest week’s bout.

Video is in Spanish, we will have quotes in English soon. Also view here –

Pazos, (20-4, 13 KOs) from Guamuchi, Sinaloa, Mexico is fighting for only the second time outside his home country.

Orlando Cruz (18-2-1, 9 KOs), from San Juan, Puerto Rico, was a member of the 2000 Puerto Rico Olympic Team and is and currently ranked No. 4 Featherweight by the World Boxing Organization (WBO). Cruz will defend his WBO NABO featherweight title against Pazos and a win against should position Cruz for a world title shot.

Miguel Cartagena vs. Jose Rivera on Friday night

PHILADELPHIA, PA (October 10, 2012)—This Friday night at the National Guard Armory, former amateur standout Miguel Cartagena will look to make it six for six when he takes on the experienced Jose Rivera in a six round bout that will headline a show promoted by Power Productions.

Cartagena, the twenty-year old native of Philadelphia has blitzed through his first five opponents by scoring a first round and two second round knockouts and in his two unanimous decision victories he did not lose a round in either.

Miguel was a top amateur prospect before joining Battlestrong Boxing which is comprised of the management duo of Moz Gonzalez & Eddie Woods

Cartagena and Rivera were scheduled to fight on July 27th in Atlantic City but Rivera refused to fight after the bout was cut from six to four rounds.

“We were very upset when that happened”, said co-manager Moz Gonzalez

“Miguel trained very hard and both guys were in the ring. Now there is no questions that this is the main event and it’s a six round fight. Miguel is going to show Rivera what would have happened on July 27th but now he gets to have a great win as a main event fighter in his hometown”

Rivera of New Rochelle, New York should prove to a test for Cartagena as he will facing his fifth undefeated fighter in a row and seventh overall and he has yet to be stopped against the likes of former Olympic Alternate Qaíd Muhammad, Knockout artist Jonathan Gonzalez and WBC Caribbean champion Elton Dharry.

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