Gabe Rosadao-Elvin Ayala Set For 12/8 on NBC Sports

Philadelphia, PA - Gabriel Rosado, the fastest-rising contender in the junior middleweight division, goes for his fourth consecutive knockout and his eighth consecutive win when he boxes Elvin Ayala, of New Haven, CT, in a 10-round bout Saturday evening, Dec. 8, at Pearson/McGonigle Halls on the campus of Temple University.

Sharing the spotlight will be another Philadelphian, Bryant "By By" Jennings, who defends his USBA heavyweight championship against Bowie Tupou, of Tongo, in a scheduled 12-round contest.

The eight-fight live card begins at 7pm and the NBCSN broadcast will begin at 9PM ET.

"A lot of fighters boast they will fight anybody but Rosado actually backs up his words," said promoter J Russell Peltz. "Ayala has fought as a middleweight and even as a super middleweight but none of that fazes Rosado. He's a throwback to the old-time fighters and this will be his fourth fight in 2012.

"Gab could sit around and wait until March when IBF champ Cornelius Bundrage has to fight him, but that's not in Gab's DNA. He's a fighter and fighters want to fight. It's that simple."

The weight limit will be 156 pounds, two pounds over the junior middleweight limit, four under the middleweight limit.

The 26-year-old Rosado is the poster boy for good fighters who came up the hard way. His 21-5 record includes 13 knockouts, including three big ones in 2012 over

Jesus Soto-Karass, of Mexico; Sechew Powell, of Brooklyn, NY; Charles Whittaker, of Georgetown, Cayman Islands.

Rosado is ranked No. 1 in the world by the IBF.

Ayala, 31, has won his last six fights in a row and is 26-5-1, 12 K0s. A pro since 2003, he boxed a 10-round draw with Sergio Mora, of Los Angeles, CA, and was stopped in 12 by Arthur Abraham for the IBF middleweight title in Germany. He has wins over Derrick Findley, of Gary, IN; John Mackey, of Montgomery, AL; Eric Mitchell, of Philadelphia; George Armenta, of Silver Spring, MD.

Originally from Reading, PA, Ayala recently moved back there to train with Marshall Kauffman.

"I think Rosado bit off more than he can chew this time," said Kauffman. "Ayala is the strongest puncher I've ever been associated with, pound-for-pound."

Pearson/McGonigle Halls, at Broad and Motgomery Avenues in North Philadelphia, a 4,500-seat venue at Temple University, has hosted both professional and amateur boxing in the past, but when NBC Sports Network broadcasts the sixth installment of its "Fight Night" series on Dec. 8, it will be the first professional boxing event held at Pearson/McGonigle Halls in over 19 years.

Eight bouts are planned for the Philadelphia card. The fight is promoted by Main Events, Peltz Boxing, and Goossen-Tutor Promotions in association with BAM Boxing. Tickets will go on sale Wednesday, Oct. 24. Contact Peltz Boxing for further ticket info, 215-765-0922, . Tickets also are on sale at .


(All times ET and subject to change)

Saturday, December                    9 p.m. - 11p.m.                  NBC Sports Network

Saturday, December 22              4 p.m. - 6 p.m.                    NBC

Saturday, January 19                   9 p.m. - 11 p.m.                  NBC Sports Network

Saturday, February 23             10:30 p.m. - 12:30 a.m.     NBC Sports Network

Saturday, March 9                      10 p.m. - 12 a.m.                  NBC Sports Network 

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by truth_b_told on 10-25-2012

All u idiots must be outa Philly lol gabe is garbage fighting no name bums or real little guys with soso credibility .all u corny bastards saying he came up the hard way ...give me a break he sucks !…

Comment by Tuavale on 10-24-2012

Rosado works hard and stays busy. That's the best way to stay sharp. He's getting solid exposure and big bouts will appear for him next year.

Comment by Joey_Torreo on 10-24-2012

I like this a lot. Rosado is just staying busy. And working on getting his big break instead of sitting around and whining and expecting someone to hand them what they want

Comment by Corelone on 10-24-2012

Rosado came up the hard way. I like that, a lot of these zeros are a bunch of hype. There is one guy who calls out bigger, better guys, when they're hurt, and winds up fighting little guys to keep…

Comment by kiaba360 on 10-24-2012

Rosado is on his A game right now, where you at K9? About time you get an ass whupping.

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