Richard Quiñones (Journeymen Boxing) – Philadelphia’s Miguel “No Fear” Cartagena did not have any answers against the hard-charging Ricardo Rodriguez, as he dropped their 10-round vacant WBO Latino super flyweight title Friday night at the Community Center in Palm Beach, Florida.
Rodriguez (13-3, 4ko’s) dominated Cartagena for the majority of the bout en route to the unanimous decision, dropping him early on in the bout.
The 23-year-old Cartagena (14-3, 5ko’s) had no answers, as he found himself being stalked all night long as Rodriguez smothered him with constant power shots to the body.
In the fourth and fifth rounds, Rodriguez stunned and hurt Cartagena as he pushed him up against the ropes during those two rounds, working him over and causing major damage. He consistently went to the body and punished the smaller Cartagena, mixing in some nice straight right hands as well.
Cartagena, who was extremely action in 2014, suffered the only two loses of his career last year prior to Friday night.
He looked very sluggish early on, fighting backwards, and on the defense for most of the first-half of the fight.
The LA-based Mexican Rodriguez has now won four of five.