BAM on Boxing

Experience Can Pay Dividends

June 25, 2011

South Philly Arena

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania



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.


North Philadelphia bantamweight Miguel Cartagena only has one

professional fight, but he is anything but green. As an amateur, Cartagena

(pictured left) was 114-11. He was a seven-time Pennsylvania State Golden

Gloves champ and seven-time junior Olympic champ. He won the Everett

Brothers Award and has been inducted into the Amateur Boxing Hall of Fame.

He is a skilled 18-year-old but still has room to develop.


Most fighters turn pro with less experience. What do some of these fighters

have to offer? I know what Cartagena has to offer. His amateur background

alone draws attention. He has excelled as an amateur and should excel as a



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 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.



The author is a senior in sport and recreation management at Temple University. She

joined Peltz Boxing as an intern. Follow Peltz Boxing on twitter@PeltzBoxing and our

intern @bamrogers.




- Press Release from Peltz Boxing

- Photos courtesy of Peltz Boxing



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