East coast pride will be on the line at the National Guard Armory in Northeast Philly tonight as former three time top rated US amateur, and undefeated North Philly bantamweight sensation Miguel “No fear” Cartagena (5-0, 3 KOs), faces his toughest test to date in battle tested Jose “Chili” Rivera (3-6-2) of Brooklyn, New York in the six round bantamweight main event.
The undefeated Cartagena has blown away all competition put in front of him as a professional, but the stakes have been raised in his first six rounder and Jose “Chili” Rivera is ready to put him to the test. Rivera’s record is deceiving, having challenged some of the best prospects in the business. The combined record of his last five opponents at the time he faced them is 24-1, with 17 of those victories coming by way of knockout. He has gone the distance with top prospects like Qaid Muhammed, Ray Ximenez and Jonathan Gonzalez and owns a victory over prospect Eilon Kedem.
The co-feature features two time 2012 Philly fight of the year participant and Camden, New Jersey’s top lightweight prospect Jason Sosa (5-1-3, 1 KO) in a six round scrap against slick fighting Philadelphian, Clinton “Pretty Boy” Douglas (4-4-2, 1 KO). Sosa bounced back from two nominated 2012 fights of the year draws against Philly’s Angel Ocasio, with a four round majority decision victory over Esteban Rodriquez (6-3-1, 1 KO). Now standing in his way is Clinton “Pretty Boy” Douglas, who scored a majority decision victory in his last bout against gritty Paul Fernandez. Douglas knows that a win over Sosa will put him in the same breath with the top lightweights in the region.
Also scheduled in a six rounder on the card is junior welterweight Tim Witherspoon, Jr., the son of former two time world heavyweight champion “Terrible” Tim Witherspoon. The bloodline may be great, but The Philly junior welterweight sensation must beat rugged fellow Philadelphian Ramone Ellis (3-7-2, 2 KOs).
There will be a special six round super featherweight bout featuring the return of Philly’s own Anthony Flores (9-4-1, 6KOs), who will swap punches with Lancaster, PA’s Isaac Suarez (7-1, 3 KOs). Flores returns to the ring after being on the wrong end of a devastating knockout and looks to get right back in there with the best the division has to offer, but first must get a victory over Isaac Suarez on Saturday night.
Also scheduled for a six rounder is hard hitting junior welterweight prospect Emmanuel “Tranzformer” Taylor (14-1, 10 KOs) against the always dangerous opponent to be announced.
Rounding out the six round contests is an evenly match super featherweight battle as Georgian, Georgi Kevlishvilli (12-3, 3 KOs) battles it out with Philly’s Frank Trader (8-1, 3 KOs).
If heavyweights are your boxing preference, then you won’t want to miss heavy handed Joey Cusumano (5-1, 4 KOs), who will take on gritty veteran Zeferino Albino (4-14-3, 2 KOs)in a four round contest.
Also scheduled for the card in a four round welterweight is Saud Clark (2-0, 2 KOs) will square off against fellow of Philadelphian Greg Jackson (1-0).
Highly touted Philly amateur star Anthony Burgin looks to step into the pro ranks against fellow debutant Benjamin Burgos in a four rounder.
Super flyweights are on the card as Ricardo Carabello squares off against Milton Lopez in what is sure to four rounds on non-stop action as both make their professional debuts.
Recently added to the card is hot Atlantic City, New Jersey Anthony “Juice” Young (6-0, 2 KOs)
Rounding out the card is the professional debut of Rasheed Estrada in a four round junior welterweight contest.
Tickets are $60-Ringside $50 floor and $40 general admission and can be purchased by calling Power Productions at 267-584-5196 or by calling Ticketmaster 1-800-745-3000.
Doors open 6:30PM, first bout 7:30PM.