SAN DIEGO, June 3, 2016 – Not all boxers have an easy ride to the top. Some get thrown so far off track they never recover.
Middleweight Gabriel Rosado isn’t one of them. The 30-year-old native of Philadelphia, now relocated to Los Angeles, believes he still has a significant role to play in this exciting division. Rosado (22-9, 13 KOs) will make his case in his first fight in his adopted home town Saturday at the Stub Hub Center in Carson, California against Mexican middleweight Antonio Guitierrez (20-1-1, 9 KOs).
After a year out of the ring and no official victories since 2012, Rosado needed a solid win against Joshua Clottey of Ghana on the Jennings vs. Ortiz undercard on December 19. He got it, a unanimous decision which opened the door to new possibilities for Rosado. It was a head swiveling reversal of fortune for Rosado, and this is why Rosado was our pick for 2015 Comeback Fighter of the Year.
Rosado is never in a bad fight. He took punishing puncher Gennady Golovkin into the seventh round before the bout was stopped due to Rosado’s cuts, which in hindsight is more impressive than it seemed. When someone needs a tough opponent, Rosado’s phone rings. “It shows that I’m one of those fighters, I’m entertaining for the fans, good for television,” agreed Rosado.
“I think fighting (Joshua) Clottey and now fighting Antonio (Guitierrez), he has a good record but has never been tested. This puts me in the position of getting comfortable with my new trainer, Fernando Vargas, racking up these wins earns me a fight with Canelo (Alvarez) or (Julio Cesar) Chavez (Jr.),” Rosado told Ringside Seat.
The Clottey comeback was Rosado’s first fight under his new trainer, three time Mexican champion Fernando Vargas. “Fernando knows what it takes to get to the top,” said Rosado. “Our chemistry is good, we had a great training camp. We’re ready to take it to the next level. Fernando’s passion, I love his passion, Whatever advice he gives me, whatever he wants of me, I do. He’s a three time world champion, I believe in him … he’s bringing the best out of me.”
Rosado said he’s perfectly happy to fight on an undercard after being a main event fighter, because he and Vargas can continue to develop their working relationship before pushing it to the limit against a bigger name. There is no doubt in Rosado’s mind, he will earn that opportunity. “If everything works out well on Saturday, which I believe it will, when I get a big name Fernando and I will be a lot more comfortable,” said Rosado.
While Guitierrez’ record is impressive, this will be his first bout beyond six rounds, and his first bout against a top opponent. He has appeared at the LA Fight Club twice, including a messy six round decision in October where he was cut under the left eye. Rosado can’t afford to take Guitierrez lightly, but he should easily outclass Guitierrez.
Rosado’s losses included a questionable decision to Peter Quillin, David Lemieux, and Jermell Charlo (at junior middleweight), not a bum in the bunch. Against Clottey, Rosado stood at the crossroads. With the win Rosado became a viable contender in a busy and competitive division with lots of potential matchups.
“I’m just looking forward to putting on a good show on Saturday and figure out where I go next … I just gotta switch things up, learn more from Fernando, we got the win against Clottey, we’ve worked hard for the win on Saturday. Eventually some of those fights will come back, Triple G or whatever. But first I’ve got to take care of business with Antonio, he is no slouch,” said Rosado.
Rosado added, “I think the middleweight division is at the top in boxing right now. There are a lot of big names in the division. I see myself as a contender. I’m just excited to get a second shot at it, a new trainer, and give it a second try.”
Rosado says he prefers facing Chavez Jr. over Canelo Alvarez, primarily because of Alvarez’s insistence on fighting at a 155 pound catchweight. Rosado fought Clottey at a 158 pound catchweight. Either one gives fans the classic Mexico vs. Puerto Rico matchup, with the added plus of Rosado’s new fan base in Los Angeles. Alvarez needs to make time before an eventual matchup with Gennady Golovkin, so why not give Rosado his opportunity and test a higher weight limit?
In the meantime Rosado says he’s going to enjoy his first bout in his new hometown. He’s been in the audience many times at the Stub Hub Center, and he finally gets a chance to be in the ring. “I’m really excited about fighting in L-A, I get a lot of love in L-A. Fans always keep asking me when I’m going to fight there,” said Rosado. Now they have their answer.
Rosado vs. Gutierrez is available for viewing live online at RingTVLive.com, with a start time of approximately 9:30 pm ET/6:30 pm PT. http://www.ringtvlive.com/
Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, APR, is President/Owner of the Falcon Valley Group in San Diego, California. She is also a serious boxing fan covering the Sweet Science for Communities. Read more Ringside Seat in Communities Digital News. Follow Gayle on Facebook and on Twitter @PRProSanDiego.
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