BAM on Boxing
Experience Can Pay Dividends
June 25, 2011
South Philly Arena
Amateur boxing is different from professional boxing. There are different rules, different scoring, different
atmosphere. When a fighter has an extensive amateur background, people expect more from him. A pro is
not just a pro anymore; a fighter with an extensive amateur background, but only a handful of professional
bouts, still makes for a seasoned fighter.
Cartagena’s first pro opponent, Omar Gonzalez, of San Antonio, TX, had seven professional fights before
facing Cartagena on March 26 in Atlantic City. Cartagena won by unanimous decision after four rounds.
Saturday, June 25, Cartagena will face Jaime Gonzalez, of Puerto Rico, at the South Philly Arena.
Fighting at bantamweight may limit his time along the East Coast. Check out what this young rumbler has
to offer while he is still fighting in his hometown.
Boxer vs. Boxer
Saturday, June 25, at the South Philly Arena, lightweights Anthony Flores (9-3-1, 6K0s) and Osnel
Charles (8-2) collide. The fight is a hot topic, although it seems Charles will be the underdog. Charles has
played the part of the underdog in the past when facing Victor Vasquez, Danny McDermott and Chris Green.
Charles won each time.
Charles keeps fans interested. He is cocky and boastful and he makes for exciting fights. Flores is quiet and
extremely focused. Flores concentrates on what he will be doing inside the ring rather that what is going on
outside of it.
The two fighters had a heated debate a couple weeks ago via boxing writer George Hanson’s Facebook.
Fans felt the energy and have been continuing the debate even today. Check it out!
Fighters with styles such as Charles and Flores are usually crowd-pleasers. Charles will have to be at his
best to get the W. Flores is the more experienced fighter. His long arms and hand speed serve him well.
Flores throws punches from angles that Charles has never seen before. It should be captivating.
The debates were intriguing and the fight has the potential to be the same. The Charles-Flores bout will not
be televised. Don’t miss the fight that is stirring up local boxing fans.
Former Sparring Partners
Welterweight Mike Jones (24-0, 18K0s) has been working out at both Tenth Round Boxing Club as well as
Joe Hand Boxing Gym in preparation for his June 25 main event. The two gyms are full of experienced
fighters working side-by-side with Jones (pictured at the top of the page).
Mike Jones was the highlight of a media workout Monday at the Joe Hand Boxing Gym. Comcast Sports
Net and Fox 29 News came to check him out. You can see more of Mike Jones on youtube.com preparing
for his upcoming fight with Raul Munoz at the SouthPhillyArena.
Jones’ former sparring partner, welterweight Ronald Cruz (12-0, 9K0s), is training for his July 1 hometown
debut in Bethlehem, PA. Cruz is working out at the Phoenixville PAL, which has become his second home.
Cruz’ manager, former Pennsylvania State lightweight champion Jimmy Deoria, knows the importance of
good sparring leading up to a fight.
It is hard for Cruz to get sparring in Phoenixville. He travels to the Philadelphia gyms to get good work. Last
week, he was at the James Shuler Memorial Boxing Gym in West Philly and sparred with former amateur
standout Julian Williams (6-0, 4 K0s), a junior middleweight. Williams provided the work Cruz needed.
IN OTHER BOXING NEWS: In last week’s column I mentioned that fans under 21 are not permitted to
attend fights in Pennsylvania casinos. Youngsters are not allowed on the casino floor. However, at Harrah’s
Chester, anyone under 21 still can attend fights because the arena is one floor below the gambling floor…
On Wednesday June 22, Philadelphia middleweight Latif Mundytakes on Ossie Duran at the Robert Treat
Hotel in Newark NJ…Saturday night in St. Louis, Philadelphia light- heavyweight Yusaf Mack challenges
Tavoris Cloud for a piece of the world title…Injured junior middleweight Harry Joe Yorgey has been
replaced by Allen Conyers, who now faces Gabriel Rosado on July 15 at Bally’s Atlantic City.
- Press Release from Peltz Boxing
- Photos courtesy of Peltz Boxing
Subject to change