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Jack McCaffery is the lead sports columnist for the Daily Times and He has spent several decades covering everything from the Phillies, Eagles, Flyers and Sixers, to college hoops, to high school sports in Delco.

Friday, October 12, 2012


Area boxing fans have two fine choices for action tonight.

At the Tropicana in Atlantic City, Dangerous Dorin Spivey will defend his NABA lightweight title against Lightning Rod Salka.

And at the Armory in Northeast Philly, undefeated bantamweight Miguel Cartagena will try to improve to 6-0 against Jose Rivera. 

I will be in A.C. alongside the legendary Ron Christian doing the color on

This, from the promoters in A.C.:


Atlantic City, NJ (September 10, 2012) -- Dee Lee Promotions, LLC, in association with the Tropicana Casino and Resort presents “GO FIGHT...FRIDAY NIGHT!” Friday, Oct., 12, 2012.  Dangerous” Dorin Spivey (41-6-0/30 KO’s) of Portsmouth, VA, the reigning NABA Lightweight Champion, will defend his title when he faces “Lightning” Rod Salka (16-1-0/3 KO’s) of Bunola, PA.

Tropicana Showroom doors open at 7:00 p.m., with the first bout slated for 8:00 p.m.  Tickets are priced at $40, $55, $65 and $100 and can be purchased at the Tropicana Box Office, by calling Ticketmaster at 1.800.745.3000 or Dee Lee Promotions at 856.692.1206.

Spivey won the NABA Lightweight Crown at the Tropicana this past February in a bout that The Press of Atlantic City described as “ action-packed candidate for ‘Fight of the Year’.”  Spivey inflicted an electrifying and bruising seventh-round TKO over Victor Vasquez. Salka is hoping to make his own headlines and will put Spivey to the test in the scheduled 10-round title bout.

“Our goal is to present a card that has an audience standing on their feet,” said Diane Fischer Cristiano, President Dee Lee Promotions. “It is the heart, hunger and talent we have in the ring that thrills fans by knocking opponents off of theirs,” she added.

Nine undercard bouts are slated showcasing boxing’s fresh talent and rising stars. Super middleweight and Atlantic City native Antowyan Aikens (5-0-0/1 KO’s) leads an ambitious group of young fighters on the evening’s card. Heavyweight Dorsett Barnwell (7-0-0/3 KO’s) of Norfolk, VA will step into the ring coming off his seventh win from a thrilling fight last month in  Atlantic City. 

Other notables include: Norfolk, VA light heavyweight, Frankie “The Freight Train” Filippone (9-2-1/2 KO’s); Hicksville, NY welterweight, Anthony "Showtime" Karperis (2-0-0/2 KO's);  Millville, NJ featherweight, Joshua Reyes (3-0-0/1 KO’s); Birmingham, AL light middleweight Keandrea Leatherwood (10-1-1/7 KO’s); and making his pro debut, Fight Quest MMA Warrior Doug Anderson of Brooklawn, NJ.

“GO FIGHT… FRIDAY NIGHT!” will feature another Dee Lee first. Las Vegas native Christina Kwan (0-1-0) will be holding the cards when she competes in Tropicana’s “Knockout Bounty Poker Tournament” in the poker room, Wednesday, Oct., 10 at 7:00 p.m. and then she’ll lace up her gloves and enter the ring in the Tropicana Showroom as part of Friday night’s undercard, Oct. 12.


   And this, from the promoters of the Philadelphia card:


PHILADELPHIA, PA (October 10, 2012)—This Friday night at the National Guard Armory, former amateur standout Miguel Cartagena will look to make it six for six when he takes on the experienced Jose Rivera in a six round bout that will headline a show promoted by Power Productions.

Cartagena, the twenty-year old native of Philadelphia has blitzed through his first five opponents by scoring a first round and two second round knockouts and in his two unanimous decision victories he did not lose a round in either.

Miguel was a top amateur prospect before joining Battlestrong Boxing which is comprised of the management duo of Moz Gonzalez & Eddie Woods.
 Cartagena and Rivera were scheduled to fight on July 27th in Atlantic City but Rivera refused to fight after the bout was cut from six to four rounds.

 “We were very upset when that happened," said co-manager Moz Gonzalez. "Miguel trained very hard and both guys were in the ring. Now there is no questions that this is the main event and it’s a six round fight.Miguel is going to show Rivera what would have happened on July 27th but now he gets to have a great win as a main event fighter in his hometown”

Rivera of New Rochelle, New York should prove to a test for Cartagena as he will facing his fifth undefeated fighter in a row and seventh overall and he has yet to be stopped against the likes of former Olympic Alternate Qaíd Muhammad, Knockout artist Jonathan Gonzalez and WBC Caribbean champion Elton Dharry.


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