Top rated US amateur star Miguel Cartagena is set to make his highly anticipated professional debut Saturday, March 26th at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City as part of the undercard of the Yuriokis Gamboa-Jorge Solis card promoted by Top Rank.
Cartagena has set his mark in the amateurs with a sparkling record 114-11, which includes several championship titles in both the United States and Europe. Now the 2009 National Golden Gloves Champion looks to use his well honed skills to work towards his lifelong dream of becoming a world champion.
“I am excited and want to put on a show for my fans,” said Cartagena. “I have been waiting for this my whole life and can’t wait to see my name up in lights. My style has always been better suited for the professional game. I have been training for this fight as if it was for a world title fight.”
Recently signed by Moz Gonzalez and Eddie Woods of E&M Management, several big things are in the works for the highly touted prospect.
“We believe Miguel has what it takes to be one of the best in the world and we are working diligently to put him in the best position to do that, “said Gonzalez. “The card on March 26th is an opportunity for Miguel to show the world that he will soon be one the rising young superstars in boxing today. He has the charm and charisma to be one of the best in the game and we are extremely happy to have signed him.”
Trainer Javier Varella said: “I feel he will be even better as a professional than he was as an amateur because of his power. He wants and needs the longer rounds so he can take his time and set up his power shots, even though he also has tremendous hand speed to box with the some best fighters out there. He has a warrior’s mentality and wants to make his pro debut a war. I hope his opponent can weather that storm, because if he can’t, it will be an ugly night for him.
Co-manager Eddie Wood said: “The sky’s the limit for Miguel and we are thankful for Top Rank to have given him the chance to open his career on such an important fight card. Look out world, Cartagena is coming!!!”