This Saturday rising Puerto Rican-American prospect Miguel ‘No Fear’ Cartagena ( 10-0, 3 KO’s ) from Philadelphia of Puerto Rican descendant, will face off against Mexican veteran, Felipe Rivas ( 15-15-2, 9 KO’s ) in a 8 round bout at super flyweight division at the Sands in Bethlehem, PA.
“I’m ready for my first 8 round fight. This is going to be a classic Puerto Rico vs. Mexico war, and as far as I know Puerto Rico is winning, and I’m not gonna change that”, stated Philly’s born and raise Cartagena, who is trained by Raúl ‘Chino’ Rivas at the Guts & Glory Gym located in West Berlin, New Jersey.
Rivas has a split decision loss against former two time world champion, Ivan Calderon, and on his last performance, he was defeated by amateur star Emmanuel Rodríguez via unanimous decision.
At the amateurs, Cartagena ended up with a record of 158-13. During that path he won 4 National Golden Gloves, AIBA World Games Champion, US National Champion, among other achievements. For his accomplishments he received the “Pride of Philadelphia Award” by the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame.
Since joining manager Mark Cipparone of Club 1957 Management in Blackwood, NJ, Cartagena has been very active.
“I let Miguel know that we would take a hard run and promised him that I would keep him active and fight no less than 6 times a year until we get noticed, and we are on our way now”, said Mark Cipparone,
Cipparone ended up saying, “When Miguel and I sat down for the first time, one of the first things that I asked was if he was willing to do what it takes to become World Champion, if he was willing to make tough decisions in order to become world Champ, he said yes. Miguel has since made the difficult choice and left his trainer from the amateurs, and since he started training with Raul ‘Chino’ Rivas, and his overall boxing performance has been growing dramatically. Miguel has given 110% of himself to his career and I feel that I am equally matched energy for energy with him”.
“I’m very excited to be part of Club 1957 Management. Mark gets me everything I ask for, and I will not disappoint him because he will get what he wants in return”, said a confident Miguel Cartagena.
In the maint event, WBA #9 Heavyweight, Travis “My Time” Kauffman (27-1, 20 KO’s ) will face Vincent Thompson ( 13-1, 2 KO’s ) for the WBA Fedelatin Heavyweight Championship. The co-main event bout is between Frank Santos De Alba (10-1-2, 4 KO’s) from Reading, PA against New Yorker Chazz McDowell ( 6-3-1, 1 KO ) in a Jr. Lightweight 8 rounds bout.
First fight starts at 7:15pm.
Undefeated Miguel Cartagena to fight veteran Felipe Rivas tomorrow night in Bethlehem, PA
BETHLEHEM, PA (JANUARY 24, 2014)– Tomorrow night at the Sands in Bethlehem, PA, undefeated Bantamweight Miguel “No Fear” Cartagena will make his 2014 debut when he takes on battle tested veteran Felipe Rivas as part of a championship night of boxing promoted by King’s Promotions and XFE Boxing.
Cartagena of Philadelphia, PA has a perfect record of 10-0 with three knockouts and the 21-year old knows that 2014 is a moving year towards a world title shot.
During the camp, he received a good education from another grizzled veteran when he frequently sparred with former world title challenger Rogers Mtagwa.
“I had a great camp and I had good sparring with Rogers,” said Cartagena. “It as a good experience. He is a guy anyone can learn a lot from.”
When asked about Rivas, Cartagena is going in the ring relying on his ability.
“The only thing I know that Rivas is that he is Mexican. Other than that, i really do not know much.”
A three solid wins in 2013, Cartagena believes that 2014 is a year that will put him in position to fight for a world title.
“I feel I have been moved really well. By the end of the year, I feel I should be knocking on the door of a world title shot. I think I will be 16-0 or 17-0 and at my weight there aren’t as many fighters in the division so I feel I can be in position a lot quicker than the other weight divisions.”
“I am glad to be working with my manager Mark Cipparone. 2014 will be another year of dedication and focus. I am ready to start this year with a win.”
Said manager Mark Cipparone of Club 1957 Management, “This is a big fight for Miguel. He is coming along very nicely and He is gaining the interest of a lot of big promoters who have interest in him now. With a good performance, we expect to be signing with one of them in the near future.”
The Cartagena – Rivas 8 round bout is part of a big seven bout card at the Sands in Bethlehem that will be highlighted by a 10 round WBA Fedlatin title bout between Travis Kauffman and Vincent Thompson.
Tickets for this outstanding evening are priced at $200, $125, $75 and $50 (tickets will be $5 more at the door) and can be purchased at www.ticketmaster.com and www.kingsboxing.com
1st bout is 7:15 with the doors opening at 6:15.