Ringside Boxing Report: Miguel Cartagena and Jason Sosa Win in Philly
Ringside Boxing Report: Miguel Cartagena and Jason Sosa Win in Philly By Ken Hissner and David Ruff at ringside, Doghouse Boxing (Oct 14, 2012) Doghouse Boxing - Tweet
Robinson’s Power Productions returned to the National Guard Armory in NE
Philadelphia Friday night with 10 bouts and a main event featuring
unbeaten Philly bantamweight Miguel “No Fear” Cartagena, 6-0 (2) and
Camden, NJ, super featherweight Jason Sosa, 6-1-3 (2), in the
co-feature posting wins!
Cartagena had his hands full with rough
Jose “Chilli” Rivera, 3-7-2 (0), of New Rochelle, NY, who one would have
thought was the local with what he got away with in the
ring. Cartagena is a fine boxer and an outstanding prospect who
normally boxes but fell into a brawl at times with Rivera who was
fighting the only way he knew to win.
Referee Shawn Clark
didn’t deduct any points and rarely warned Rivera for the many foul
tactics he used on Cartagena from twisting his head into a punch, to
butting him whenever inside. Cartagena showed the marks of the battle
while Rivera’s corner men were celebrating what they thought was a
victory. Cartagena tried to acknowledge a good fight to his opponent at
the final bell but Rivera would have nothing to do with it.
Alan Rubenstein and Dewey LaRosa scored it 59-55 while Joe Pasquale a
little closer at 58-56 all for the winner Cartagena. Either score would
be correct in this writer’s eyes. Cartagena came out in the sixth and
final round and displayed his boxing ability going from side to side
while scoring punches against his opponent. “I tried not to get into
his brawling type of a fight but he fouled so much it wasn’t easy not
too,” said Cartagena. He is trained by Javier Varela and managed by Moz
Gonzalez. Needless to say, in the east it isn’t easy when you are 111 ½
pounds to get fights. Cartagena has a very good amateur past.
the co-feature Sosa was all business as Clinton “Pretty Boy” Douglas,
4-5-2 (1) of Philly tried his best but had no answer for Sosa whose
right, left, right combinations had him down in the second round. In
the third and final round of this 6 round bout a Sosa combination had
Douglas down again and hurt badly. It had been a 2 year absence from
the ring for Douglas and too tough an opponent to return with. Referee
Blair Talmadge stopped the contest at 1:17 of the third round.
has a good following and posted his second straight win since back to
back draws with Philly’s Angel Ocasio. He is a crowd pleaser who shows
much improvement with each fight. “I knew I had him in the first. I
felt good having just fought 3 weeks ago,” said Sosa.
“Nitty” Trader, 9-1 (2), of Philly had too much of everything for
Georgia (country) born Georgi Kevlishvili, 12-4 (3), fighting out of
Russia, whose nose bled from the opening round until the final bell in
the sixth. Trader, who looks more like Denzell Washington than gangster
Frank Nitty, showed very good footwork, hand speed and smarts in
dominating every round to take a majority decision.
started out southpaw and switched back and forth to orthodox to no
avail. He showed a lot of heart in being the aggressor with blood
splattered all over him. Trader would not let his opponent trap him in a
corner or on the ropes until the sixth and final round when Kevlishvili
had his biggest round but still wasn’t enough to take it. The judges
all had different scores as Pasquale scored it 59-55, Rubenstein 58-56
and LaRosa 57-57 giving Trader a majority decision win. Clark was the
referee. DHB had it 60-54 Trader who was fighting in his hometown for
only the second time. He was coming off a disputed loss in his last
Emmanuel “Tranzformer” Taylor, 15-1 (10), of Edgewood
Arsenal, MD, returned to the ring after losing for the first time some
11 months ago. His last minute opponent was Dominican George “El
Terrible” Sosa, 6-1 (6), of NJ, whose previous 6 opponents had an
overall record of 3-59-2. The smaller Taylor held his hands high while
taking some good left hooks and looping rights from Sosa.
started opening up more in the second round showing much respect to
Sosa. By the third round Taylor was landing a vicious body shots. Sosa
had the look of a surprised fighter when Taylor was not falling. This
was not the same fighter this writer saw in the amateurs but a less busy
one. His father was noticeable missing from the corner. “I hurt my
left hand along the way,” said Taylor.
Tim Witherspoon, Jr.,
8-3-1 (2), seemed to take the first round and then it was down hill from
there on in this 6 round light welterweight match-up. Ramon Ellis,
4-7-2 (2), was coming off a first round knockout and looked the stronger
of the two. Both Philly boxers gave it their all for 6 rounds.
had no power to keep Ellis at a distance. He kept finding his way to
the ropes with Ellis landing crushing blows to the body. Former IBF
light middleweight champion Rob “Bam Bam” Hines, kept yelling from
ringside to “stay off the ropes”. Judges Rubenstein and LaRosa had it
for Ellis while Pasquale had it 58-56 for Witherspoon for a split
decision win for Ellis. Talmadge was the referee. DHB had it 59-55 for
Saud “Kid Grady” Clark, 2-1 (2), and Greg Jackson, 2-0
(1), both out of Philly in a 4 round welterweight match seemed to do
more posing than fighting. Clark certainly won the first 2 rounds with a
jab to the stomach. Suddenly in the third round Jackson reaches Clark
with a right hand dropping him as both fighters were throwing
punches. Clark was trying to survive by holding on. While backing away
from Jackson it looked like a push followed by a punch along the ropes
that dropped Clark again. Before he hit the canvas the referee Clark
waved it off at 2:33 of the third round.
Jackson’s corner men
jumped into the ring knocking their fighter down. While Clark was put
on a stool his trainer Angel Garcia (father/trainer of WBC & WBA
Super light welterweight champion) was standing next to his fallen
fighter. Suddenly Executive Director Greg Sirb got into the ring and
both he and Garcia were seen exchanging words. Before you knew it
Garcia left the ring and was escorted out by a security guard. “Get
your M…F… ass out of the ring” Garcia claimed Sirb told him. “I told
him “Don’t talk to me like that you M…F…, I’m a grown man,” said
Garcia. Promoter Robinson stopped Garcia on the way out and directed
him to the stands for the remainder of the show. “I was standing next
to my fighter not saying a word when Sirb approached me,” said
Garcia. This writer has learned you don’t approach Sirb for an answer
if it’s “none of your business”!
The taller boxer Joe Cusumano,
7-1 (4), of Virginia Beach, VA, was rocked by Zeferino Albino, 4-15-3
(2) of Philly in the first round. In the third round Cusumano dropped
Albino twice with the second one coming with 10 seconds left in the
round. “I broke my right hand or I would have stopped him,” said
Cusumano. His hand was swollen. Rubenstein and LaRosa had it 39-35
while Pasquale 38-36 all for the winner, Cusumano, in this heavyweight
4. Cusumano is handled by Don Elbaum and trained by Jim Deoria.
Burgin, 1-0 (1), and Milton Lopez, 0-1, both of Philly made their
debut’s with Lopez unable to come out after the first round. Burgin was
very impressive in this win and has a very good amateur
background. Raul “Chino” Rivas trains Burgin out of a Cherry Hill, NJ,
gym. He is a fighter to watch.
In the opening bout light
welterweight Rasheed Estrada, 1-0 (0), of Philly defeated Benjamin
Burgos, of Mt. Pocono, PA, in a 4 round lightweight match. Both boxers
were debuting. Judge Rubenstein had it 40-36 while LaRosa and Pasquale
saw it 39-37 all for the winner, Estrada. Talmadge was the referee.
Carvajal, 2-0 (0), of Chicago, IL, defeated Ricardo Carabello, 0-1, of
Philly in a flyweight 4 by majority decision. Rubenstein and LaRosa had
it 39-37 and Pasquale 38-38. Clark was the referee.