SAN DIEGO, December 6, 2014 – Brooklyn played host to a solid tripleheader at the Barclay Center, with the outcome of the main event dangling the bait in front of fans of a competitive challenger for middleweight monster Gennady Golovkin.
Lemieux (33-2, 31 KOs) made an impressive American debut with a tenth round TKO victory over the ever-tough Philadelphia fighter Gabriel Rosado (21-9, 13 KOs).
As promised, the pair went right at each other from the opening bell. Lemieux got right to work, throwing a mix of solid punches including strong rights, left hooks, and wicked body shots. Rosado is well tested and no one can take punishment like this guy. He handled Lemieux well until the end of the third round. Lemieux forced Rosado down to a knee with one of his left hooks followed by a jarring uppercut.
Rosado got back up and finished the round but suffered a lot of punishment. His left eye immediately began to swell, and created problems for Rosado the rest of the bout. The partisan crowd of 5,532 at the Barclays Center urged Rosado on, and Round 4 goes on the short list for Round of the Year as the pair traded punches, both trying to put an end to things early for different reasons. Lemieux wanted to make a big impression on American fans; Rosado wanted to get out of the ring before his eye got worse.
But neither could make it happen just yet, and Rosado’s increasingly swollen eye kept requiring checks by the ringside physician. He was allowed to continue, until round 10 when New York State Athletic Commission chief medical officer Dr. Barry Jordan got the attention of the referee to stop the fight.
The bout wasn’t stopped for any specific incident, but for the accumulation of damage to Rosado, plus the lopsided score to that point. After the bout, Rosado, who has faced most of the top middleweights, said of Lemieux, “He’s a good fighter, man. It was difficult seeing when my eye puffed up… I saw three of him the whole fight. I was trying to fight and counter as best as I could with one eye. Just my luck.”
Rosado added another tough loss to his resume, but Rosado never loses respect from the fans or his opponents. “Hats off to Rosado. He is one hell of a fighter,” Lemieux said. “I had tremendous preparation. I wanted to show all of you what I could do. I wanted to make a statement. Rosado is even better than I thought. I hope you enjoyed it.” Oui, and merci, Monsieur Lemieux for an exciting event.
Lemieux demonstrated versatile punching skills and technique to go with his strength. He made the impression necessary to get himself into the ring with a bigger name opponent. So who is it going to be?
“I want to be world champion,” Lemieux said. “I am ready for whomever is at 160 — Golovkin, (Miguel) Cotto, (Peter) Quillin. I want to fight the best. I’m not afraid of nobody.”
Since no one else seems eager to get in the ring with Triple G, why not give Lemieux the chance? Making a fight for May at Madison Square Garden or even fight crazy Montreal with Golovkin would please fight fans. As for Lemieux saying he’s not afraid of GGG, more than one person invoked the wise words of Jedi Master Yoda from “Star Wars” to Lemieux.
On the undercard, middleweight Hugo “The Boss” Centeno Jr. (22-0, 12 KOs) remained undefeated with a fifth round knockout of James “The King” De La Rosa of Texas (23-3-0, 13 KOs). Centeno’s knockout punch came on a countershot thrown underneath Lundy’s arm from a less than optimal angle. You have to assume Centeno didn’t have a chance to put his full strength behind it, but it dropped Lundy in one of those “boom boom, out go the lights” face down knockouts. Lundy never lost consciousness, but he was done for the night.
In the junior welterweight division, Thomas Dulorme of Puerto Rico (22-1, 14 KOs) won a majority decision over veteran Hank Lundy of Philadelphia (25-3-1, 12 KOs). Dulorme put Lundy on the canvas in the second round, but Lundy was game and won several of the later rounds to make it a much closer fight than expected.
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. Gayle can be reached via Google +
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