On June 4, 2016 King Gabriel Rosado continued his revival in Los Angeles by winning a close 10 round unanimous decision over Mexico’s Antonio Gutierrez (20-2-1, 9 ko’s) at the StubHub Center .
In typical fashion for the North Philly native, many are saying this bout was a hard-fought war, one where Rosado (23-9, 13 ko’s) had to get off the canvas in round 4 to secure his victory. Final scores were 96-96, 95-94 & 95-94.
This is Rosado’s second straight win with former world champion Fernando Vargas as his trainer. The wins over solid competition are beginning to put the “King’s” cold streak from 2013 – 2015 in the rear view mirror.
Speculation is that this W will get Rosado back on prime TV against a big name. A jump to the 168 pound division has also been mentioned as a possibility.
The HBO fights from the Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, NY have concluded. All three local fighters came in as betting underdogs. All three put up good fights but North Philly’s “King” Gabriel Rosado was the only one to come out victorious in a night full of surprises.
The Rosado vs. Joshua Clottey fight was an appetizer of sorts being shown on HBO Latino before the two main fights switched to the primary network.
It was a close fight with Rosado’s higher activity rate being the difference. Clottey (39-5, 22 KOs) was alive early, but faded a bit down the stretch as Rosado (22-9, 13 KOs), came on strong as the later rounds approached.
The final scores after 10 rounds of action were 97-93, 97-93 and 96-94. Rosado ends a five-fight streak without a victory.
It was a good showing for his first bout under new trainer Fernando Vargas. There have been whispers that Rosado could be in line to fight Canelo Alvarez in 2016.
We are hours away from bell-time and the Las Vegas book makers has released betting odds for the upcoming HBO Boxing bouts tonight in Verona, New York. All fighters with Philadelphia connections have been deemed underdogs in the bouts.
The lines are likely to fluctuate a bit as more money is put on the table. Who – if anyone – will pull off an “upset” tonight?
Scroll down to get the official weights, quotes and lines in regards to the fights with a Philly connection.
Luis Ortiz is a slight favorite over Bryant Jennings – coming in just under 1.5-to-1.
As we near bell time for the December 19, 2015 HBO show in Verona New York, two long-time Philly fighters head into critical career bouts with new trainers. Local Middleweight “King” Gabriel Rosado has enlisted the services of former world champion boxer Fernando Vargas to conduct training camp in Arizona in preparations for Joshua Clottey while Heavyweight contender Bryant “By By” Jennings recently replaced long-time trainer Fred Jenkins in favor of taking camp to Miami to train with John David Jackson.
Both men have a lot riding on this bout – a victory is extremely important in each situation.
This sparks the great debate on the relationship between fighter and trainer. Both of the mentioned boxers had long runs with the trainers they first started out with in this sport. Now that they are near boxing’s top-level – new voices are brought in to the mix.
The subject can be a touchy topic when you factor in loyalty, money and determining when a duo has peaked. I’ve heard it all from a new team can help get a stuck fighter over the hump to you can’t teach an old dog new tricks when they are finished products who are stuck in their ways.
I’d like to get your thoughts on how effective a switch in coaching can be for a fighter this deep into their career.
Below is what the fighters had to say about as their training camp comes to a close this week.
BRYANT “BYE BYE” JENNINGS, Former Heavyweight World Title Challenger:
“The weather is warm out here in Florida, and John David Jackson is doing a great job as my new trainer. He’s a man that knows the fight game being that he was a fighter himself, a former world champion to be exact. The little things he’s showing me are making a big difference. I was happy that my promoter Gary Shaw came out to visit and see the progress I have made. We’re out here doing it. I believe I’ve become a better fighter, and it will show come fight night.
“This is a big fight for the heavyweight division. The interim WBA World heavyweight title is on the line. The winner will move on to bigger and better things. Everyone says he has a lot of power but his opposition is suspect. He’s a big slugger and I’m a boxer that gives a lot of movement. I believe I’m the one with the better skills and better pro experience. I’m winning this fight.
“I think it’s great. The sport needs to keep its integrity. Ortiz is a good fighter but he’s already shown that he has some insecurities. When a fighter gets caught cheating while using steroids to get an edge says a lot about that person. He paid his dues and now it’s time to fight. With VADA testing installed for this fight, everyone will be on an even playing field.
“With Klitschko losing to Fury, the heavyweight division is wide open. There are a lot of hungry fighters out there ready to take charge and I’m one of them. I know I got what it takes to become a world champion. The heavyweight division is mine to be conquered.”
This Verona, NY show keeps getting better. Two strong supporting bouts have been signed for a card that already includes Bryant Jennings vs. Luis Ortiz and Jason Sosa vs. Nicholas Walters as featured attractions.
It has been announced that two long time veterans Gabriel Rosado (21-9, 13 KOs) and Joshua Clottey (39-4, 22 KOs) will face off in a 10-round bout which will be fought at a catch weight of 158 lbs. Rosado is dropping down a few pounds while Clottey is going up a touch to make this happen.
This fight will be televised on HBO Latino prior to the two primary fights that will roll live on the premium HBO network.
Promoter Oscar De La Hoya has been quoted as saying the winner should be in line for a name fight in 2016. Who wants it more? We will soon find out!
This past weekend I was invited to watch a private viewing of “Creed” at the Riverview Plaza on Delaware Avenue courtesy during a cast and international media only event hosted by our friends at Warner Brothers.
As most know, Creed is the latest in the Rocky series – this time featuring Michael B. Jordan (aka Wallace from The Wire) who plays the son of Apollo Creed.
In the movie – the young Creed, who goes by the name of Adonis Johnson, leaves a well-to-do life in Los Angeles in hopes of following the footsteps of a father he never had a chance to meet.
Five years ago today, one of the last All-Philly boxing classics took place when Derek Ennis and King Gabriel Rosado met at the old ECW Arena to fight for the USBA 154 lb title. When the bout was first signed by J Russell Peltz, it was viewed as a high stakes fight for the two standouts in a deep local Jr. Middleweight talent pool. Some felt that it could be a career ender for the loser.
Germantown’s Ennis was fresh off of back-to-back local fight of the year candidates at The Blue Horizon while Rosado of North Philly was in this midst of a winning streak built at Bally’s Casino and Hotel. On fight night, the crowd had electricity and the boxers did not disappoint. In the end – Pooh Ennis won a close 12 round majority decision, staking his claim as the best 154 pounder in the area. To date this win remains the highlight of his resume. Not all was lost for Rosado, as he rebounded and went on to make it to the top-level of the sport, competing across the country on all major networks against elite talent for World titles.
Thanks again to all for making it happen. Maybe one day – before it is all said and done – we will get to see a rematch! You can read the original recap of the fight here http://phillykeith.com/?p=1069
The long-awaited BKB showdown between Philly’s “King” Gabriel Rosado and Brooklyn’s “Showtime” Curtis Stevens ended in the dreaded 7 round draw. The pre-fight fireworks had a lot of people anticipating this contest. The bout did deliver a bit of action, primarily with Stevens scoring a clean knockdown in the 5th round. Rosado, in typical fashion, got up and fought back harder. Many felt that Rosado won the fight.
You can judge for yourself by watching a fan cam recording here
On April 4, 2015 Philly’s King Gabriel Rosado heads back to the rope-less pit, this time taking on “Showtime” Curtis Stevens of Brooklyn in a BKB style rumble in Las Vegas. This contest will be the second official installment of the BKB series. This time around the event will be a $40 PPV.
Those who like action boxing will enjoy BKB. Rosado kicked off this new venture in August of 2014 with a KO over Bryan Vera. Rosado has accumulated many fans around with world with his blood and guts style of fighting.
The competition seems a bit stiffer this time around. Stevens‘ murderous punching power is viewed as a perfect fit for this style of combat. Smaller gloves and no ropes are likely to work to his advantage.
Action is guaranteed. What do you think of this fight and BKB in general?
Gabriel Rosado promises KO
Curtis Stevens pre fight interview+ video of press conference fireworks. Greg Hackett and Rosado go buckwild.