BETHLEHEM, PA (JANUARY 24, 2014)-- Tomorrow night at the Sands in Bethlehem, PA, undefeated Bantamweight Miguel "No Fear" Cartagena will make his 2014 debut when he takes on battle tested veteran Felipe Rivas as part of a championship night of boxing promoted by King's Promotions and XFE Boxing.
Cartagena of Philadelphia, PA has a perfect record of 10-0 with three knockouts and the 21-year old knows that 2014 is a moving year towards a world title shot.
During the camp, he received a good education from another grizzled veteran when he frequently sparred with former world title challenger Rogers Mtagwa.
"I had a great camp and I had good sparring with Rogers," said Cartagena. "It as a good experience. He is a guy anyone can learn a lot from."
When asked about Rivas, Cartagena is going in the ring relying on his ability.
"The only thing I know that Rivas is that he is Mexican. Other than that, i really do not know much."
A three solid wins in 2013, Cartagena believes that 2014 is a year that will put him in position to fight for a world title.
"I feel I have been moved really well. By the end of the year, I feel I should be knocking on the door of a world title shot. I think I will be 16-0 or 17-0 and at my weight there aren't as many fighters in the division so I feel I can be in position a lot quicker than the other weight divisions."
"I am glad to be working with my manager Mark Cipparone. 2014 will be another year of dedication and focus. I am ready to start this year with a win."
Said manager Mark Cipparone of Club 1957 Management, "This is a big fight for Miguel. He is coming along very nicely and He is gaining the interest of a lot of big promoters who have interest in him now. With a good performance, we expect to be signing with one of them in the near future."
The Cartagena - Rivas 8 round bout is part of a big seven bout card at the Sands in Bethlehem that will be highlighted by a 10 round WBA Fedlatin title bout between Travis Kauffman and Vincent Thompson.
1st bout is 7:15 with the doors opening at 6:15.