Philly’s Cartagena eyes WBO Latino title; tangles with Rodriguez

Miguel Cartagena (Photo courtesy of Darryl Cobb Jr.)
Miguel Cartagena (Photo courtesy of Darryl Cobb Jr.)

Richard QuiƱones (Journeymen Boxing) – Philadelphia rising prospect Miguel “No Fear” Cartagena is set to tangle against Ricardo Rodriguez over a scheduled 10 rounds for the vacant WBO Latino super flyweight title Friday night at the Community Center in Palm Beach, Florida.

Cartagena (14-2, 5ko’s) had a quiet 2015, as he only had one bout, which was an unanimous decision win over Javier Franco en route to claiming the then vacant IBO Latino bantamweight title.

The 23-year-old feisty boxer from Philly, was extremely active in 2014, but did suffer the only two loses of his career during that campaign. The second one coming when he was knocked out against Emmanuel Rodriguez in their vacant WBO Latino bantamweight affair.

The LA-based Mexican Rodriguez (12-3, 4ko’s) has won three of four, but his last outing was a split-decision loss to David Carmona.

Cartagena, who typically fights off emotion, will have to keep a balance attack in this bout. He is an aggressive boxer, who likes to come out swinging which might play right into Rodriguez’ hands. The first several rounds will set the tone of the bout.



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This article has 7 Comments

  1. Q, I remember years ago you did a card in Philly and said this kid would be fighting for a world title, nice call. The only issues I have with him is he gets rattled in fights at times, and he needs to settle down.

  2. Miguel is a tough boxer, but he can not fight southpaws to save his life. If Rodriguez switches back and forth, then he is in trouble.

  3. I think Rodriguez will stop him, he is not that solid of a boxer, who has terrible footwork, and relies to much on his power, he can be outbox here.

    1. Jose, do you watch boxing, Miguel is very sound, humble because of his loses. I worry about the rust, but other than that, I can see him pulling out a tough decision, grind it out and make it go the distance.

  4. Rich, great site and writing, love the work brother. Enjoyed your TV stuff too, you were only local guy who called it the way you saw it. Much respect.

  5. Miguel, is a good boxer, but sometimes he is very sloppy. Kid can’t fight against southpaws. I have seen him work in the gym’s before and he really gets confused by southpaws. Wish him good luck, but down the road he gets exposed.

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