by Chip Mitchell and Robert Uzzell: On January 19th in The Theatre at Madison Square Garden there will be three championship fights televised on HBO, one of which will be undefeated WBA/IBO middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin vs. “King” Gabriel Rosado.
New York, NY (December 1, 2012) On Saturday afternoon in New York City, WBA/IBO Middleweight World Champion Gennady Golovkin, 24-0-0 (21KO’s) and world ranked “King” Gabriel Rosado, 21-5-0 (13KO’s) met with members of the boxing media to announce their world title clash set for Saturday, January 19, 2013 at The Theater at Madison Square Garden, “The Mecca of Boxing.” HBO will televise the bout as part of a world championship Boxing After Dark triple-header. The bout is promoted by K2 Promotions in association with Peltz Boxing Promotions.
By Bill Phanco, photo: Will Hart – WBA World middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (24-0, 21 KO’s) will be making a defense of his title against a junior middleweight contender Gabriel Rosado (21-5, 13 KO’s) on HBO on January 19th at Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USA. Rosado doesn’t have a lot of power and he’s going to have to try and find a way to survive in this fight. Rosado is over his head in this fight, and it’s going to be tough for him against the hard hitting Golovkin.
Golovkin wants to fight the top middleweights in the division but he’s had no luck in getting guys like Julio Cesar Chavez Jr, Sergio Martinez, Daniel Geale and Felix Sturm to get in the ring with him.
Gabriel Rosado: “I just gotta keep chipping away. I just gotta keep doing’ what I’m doing’. That’s why with Charles Whittaker, everyone kept telling me ‘Don’t look past Charles Whittaker, don’t focus on something else, something big.’ And you know I didn’t. I knew that it was important to make a statement, not just to win. I had to stop that guy and I had to dominate because I do want the big fight. You know, it gets a little frustrating because what makes sense to me is just putting (together) good fights. You just gotta deal with the politics that involves itself with boxing. I’m just going to keep doing what I’ve been doing. I’m not going to let it distract me or lose focus. I’m going to just keep getting better.”
J Russell Peltz: “I don’t think it’s that frustrating for me. Sometimes Gabby wants to go from kindergarten to his PhD without going through junior high and high school. When we first got together I remember him saying to me, ‘I’ll fight anybody, I need someone to protect from myself.’ We’ve come a long way in a year.”
“I think to expect that Canelo or Cotto or one of those guys was going to say three, four , five months ago, even after the Sechew Powell fight, ‘Yeah we’ll fight Gabby’, I think that was a little unrealistic…
By Joseph Herron – Last night at the Sands Resort & Casino in Bethlehem, PA, Junior Middleweight contender “King” Gabriel Rosado (21-5, 13 KOs) knocked out crafty, 19 year fight veteran Charles Whittaker (38-13-2, 23 KOs) in ten entertaining rounds.
After having some stylistic problems early with Whittaker’s lateral movement and hard left hook, Rosado was forced to display his ability to adapt and overcome. Gabriel’s initial strategy of fighting from the outside wasn’t terribly effective against the wily old hand, so the Junior Middleweight prospect was forced to tighten up his defense and fight Whittaker on the inside.
Rosado showed his technical skills in getting the better of the more experienced fighter; setting up short, compact hooks underneath Whittaker’s defense and continuously landing the right hook over the top.
By Joseph Herron: “One secret of success in life is for a man to be ready for his opportunity when it comes.” – Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881)
In an era where massive scrutiny is placed on a single blemish within a fighter’s resume, 26 year old Gabriel Rosado (20-5, 12 KOs) has been quietly climbing up the Junior Middleweight ladder one performance at a time.
After turning pro with minimal amateur experience at the age of 20, the Philadelphia puncher has been hard at work; mastering his craft while learning on the job. Although the perpetual student owns a resume with five losses, including a humbling defeat at the hands of Alfredo Angulo in 2009, Rosado currently finds himself just one step away from a world title opportunity.
But the “King” admits it hasn’t been easy.