“King” Gabriel Rosado joined us on Tha Boxing Voice this past Sunday to talk about his upcoming fight, as well as other fighters in his weight class. Rosado will be facing Charles Whittaker in an IBF Title eliminator this weekend. Once again his fight will be featured as the main event on the NBC Sports network Fight Night series, and while Rosado is not looking past Whittaker, he certainly has ideas of what he could do with some of the champions of his weight class.
In preparation for this fight, Rosado tells us that he went away to Phoenix, Arizona for training camp. “I wanted to get away,” he said. Well, who can blame him, he went away to California for his last camp and we all saw what he did to Sechew Powell. If you didn’t, you should, Rosado put Powell out in the ninth round after struggling early to adjust to Powell, who was a late replacement for Joel Julio, who dropped out of the fight.
“King” Gabriel says that Phoenix is really an ideal location for a training camp. “The weather gets to be about 110 degrees, so you sweat hard, it helps to lose weight.” Another attribute to his camp is his Philadelphia based trainer, Billy Briscoe. “We stay up until two or three in the morning watching tape, watching James Toney, Mike Mcallum “The body Snatcher”, and Bernard Hopkins; we educate ourselves.” Briscoe, who is known for his old school tendencies, has trained Rosado from the beginning. Rosado tells the story of going into a boxing gym at the age of eighteen. The first person he talked to told him he was too old and to stick to basketball. It was Briscoe who ran after him.
With a trainer as competent as Billy Briscoe, we had to ask what he had noticed about his opponent and what they might have up their sleeve for the upcoming fight. “We are definitely picking up on some mistakes that Whittaker makes.” Speaking of the flaws his next opponent shows. “We have a plan, like we did before and we are confident that it’s going to come out perfect.” Mentioning that Briscoe has pointed out things to capitalize on as he has in fights past.
While keeping his opponent in mind for this weekend, if all goes to plan there are greater things on the horizon. Rosado is slated to face Andre Berto or Cornelius “K9” Bundrage next. If he had to pick between the two opponents he said, “I’d like to fight both, I’m looking to fight elite fighter, I want to make a statement at 154.”
While Rosado has suffered losses early in his career, all too formidable opponents, he accredits the recent changes fans are noticing to his experience, and his trainer “I’m more seasoned now, I’m more educated.” He says. “Having a trainer who is always teaching you definitely kicks in. He is a mental kind of trainer, he knows how to make things come to life and it is definitely starting to kick in.”
Throughout the interview, which took place the day after both the “Canelo” Alvarez v. Lopez and Chavez Jr. v. Martinez fights, Rosado brushed upon faults he saw in each of those fights. As a fighter who is often talked about as a possible Canelo opponent, fans were curious to see what he had to say about the Mexican superstar’s performance. “Canelo was impressive, but Lopez is naturally smaller, Canelo wasn’t in there with someone who can keep him honest like me.” Rosado goes on to explain that he is big for his weight class and that he thinks he could cause a real issue for Alvarez.
“There’s a lot of money at 154, big names are here.” Rosado says of his own weight class, but continues to explain that due to his height (6’1”) and build he is probably one of the biggest fighters in the division. He is probably right, at his last fight, while conducting interviews ringside, I overheard the referee who stopped the fight, Steve Smoger, and I asked him what he thought, he simply said, “The kid just hits to hard.” This could be Rosado’s ticket to the top of his division. “I don’t play no games, I’m in the gym training my ass off, and I’m fighting for the number one spot, no politics, and I earned it.” Fighting with a Blue Collar mentality is what got him thus far, his improvements in-between fights, and no help along the way, Rosado admits that if he didn’t have to make it the hard way he would be a different fighter. Well, wouldn’t that be a shame?
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