Canelo Alvarez vs Gabriel Rosado: A Strong PossibilityWritten by Mark Weber
After a dominating performance against long time veteran Charles Whittaker last Friday, Gabriel Rosado (21-5, 13 KO) believes he has earned a rightful shot at any of the kingpins in the 154 lb. division, including Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez.
Rosado cruised past Whittaker, knocking him down four times in the fight before referee Steve Smoger called a hault to the action in the 10th round.
The 26 year old Rosado virtually controlled the entire fight, only getting caught badly once after becoming a little too aggressive after his first knockdown. Aside from his over-aggressiveness early on, Rosado took control and dominated the rest of the fight.
The bout was an IBF title eliminator with the winner next in line to face the winner of "K9" Bundrage vs Andre Berto for the IBF title sometime in March.
Current IBF Jr Middleweight Champion Bundrage will face former WBC Welterweight Champion Berto on November 24 on HBO.
But its being rumored Rosado may sidestep the IBF Champion, whether Bundrage or Berto, and fight Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez for the latter's WBC strap instead.
And during the post-fight interviews, Rosado make it very clear about which champion he prefers. Looking confident, Rosado asserted 'Canelo' needs to stop "fighting lightweights" and fight true, full-fledged 154 lb challengers.
And to Rosado's point, fans and analysts have been very critical of Canelo's recent opponents, many of whom were natural lightweights, jr welterweights or welterweights.
Pictured: Gabriel Roasado
Cool pic by SightWorkz.com
'Canelo' Alvarez, who is promoted by Golden Boy Promotions, could capitalize on this opportunity. Rosado is a "big" jr middleweight who has proven himself as a worthy challenger and fights in an exciting style. In addition, Alvarez vs Rosado would be an easy fight to market given the Puerto Rico vs Mexico rivalry. (Gabriel Rosado is of Puerto Rican descent while Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez is Mexican).
This bout has all the makings of a classic.
Rosado, who fought Friday night on NBC Sports boxing series "Fight Night", was part of another great show that is quickly gaining respect in the boxing world as NBC Sports is expected to expand the series in 2013.
Pictured: Matchmaker extraordinaire Don Chargin. At 80+ years young, Mr. Chargin is still going strong and is a vital part of Golden Boy Promotions.
In June, on an episode of Joseph Herron's "Pugilist KOrner," Hall of Fame matchmaker and promoter Don Chargin said of Rosado, "He's an exciting fighter who would have put on a war with 'Canelo' as long as it would have lasted."
The hall of fame matchmaker added, "I really thought a fight with Gabriel Rosado would have been the most appropriate for Alvarez at this time. It would have been a thrilling fight for 'Canelo' Alvarez, but Rosado's promoter, Russell Peltz, told me he just received a message from Golden Boy stating that they were moving in a different direction for the September 15th bout."
Is Gabriel Rosado now ready for Alvarez?
If the legendary matchmaker is correct, perhaps 'Canelo' Alvarez vs Garbriel Rosado may be just what the doctor ordered?
Does Rosado have a chance against 'Canelo' Alvarez? And should he challenge for the Mexican's WBC title instead of fighting the winner of Bundrage vs Berto for the IBF's version of the championship instead?
These are the only questions Rosado and his team can answer.
Time will tell with regards to what happens - But don't be surprised if Gabriel Rosado, who has been dominating everyone in his path lately, is inked as 'Canelo' Alvarez's next opponent for a showdown in December or sometime in early 2013.
Gabriel Rosado Facts
- Height: 6'0"/ 183cm (tall for a jr middleweight)
- Reach: 78"/ 198cm
- Hails from the Fighting City of Philadelphia
- Has won seven straight bouts, 5 by knockout
- Owns a 9th Round stoppage over Sechew Powell (June 2012), a former No. 1 IBF contender
- Is a former interim NABA, USA Pennsylvania State and WBO Intercontinental Light Middleweight Champion
- On January 21 2012, he picked up one of his biggest wins, stopping former WBC Continental Americas and NABF Welterweight Champion Jesus Soto Karass in the 5th round.
Credit for cool main photo: Sightworkz.com
Born and raised in Philadelphia, I currently reside in South Jersey which is about 20 minutes away from Philly.
I'm a Communications major at Gloucester County College and lifelong fan of several sports, including Boxing, Mixed Martial Arts and Kickboxing.
I fell in love with Boxing during the era of the little giants... Erik Morales, Marco Antonio Barrera, Manny Pacquiao, and Juan Manuel Marquez.