Gabe Rosado on Canelo-Trout, Eyes Ishe Smith, More

By Chris Robinson

This past weekend in Detroit, Michigan, Las Vegas native Ishe Smith finally realized his full potential in wrestling the IBF junior middleweight title away from Cornelius ‘K9’ Bundrage after twelve rounds of action.

Despite the scorecards ending up with a split-decision verdict, Smith clearly was the victor, as evidenced by his grit, fortitude, and better work rate over the second half of the fight.

One man who was certainly a curious spectator was junior middleweight contender Gabriel Rosado.

Rosado is a month removed from a bloody and brave showing against WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin in New York. Despite ultimately suffering a loss that evening, as his corner elected to call the action largely due to a pair of cuts above his left eye, Rosado is still upbeat about his future aspirations and is adamant on facing the best at 154 pounds.

Continue reading below for some highlights from my conversation with the Philadelphia native…

Watching Ishe Smith defeat Cornelius Bundrage…
“It was an OK fight. I felt K9 was real slow. I thought Ishe was probably a little too tense. I mean, he did enough to pull the fight out. I thought he fought a little tense, but he did what he had to do. He got the win.”

More than willing to face Smith…
“Of course. Anyone that has a title is definitely a fight I would want. Because, I definitely want to capture a world title. But I’d definitely like to get that fight. There was a fight where I turned down my #1 eliminator fight, and he ended up getting the K9 fight. I felt it was a mistake on K9’s part, fighting Smith. I had Smith winning that fight when I first found out they were going to fight. But I definitely like that fight.”

Reflecting on his time in the ring with Gennady Golovkin…
“You know, I felt that fight was just a situation where I got cut so early in the fight. It wasn’t just one cut; it was two cuts on the same eye. It just made it that much worse. I feel that he’s not hype. He is the real deal. I felt like it could have been a different type of fight if I wasn’t pretty fighting blind with so much blood. Because, [Golovkin] usually hits guys and they are out. I felt like he was fading a little bit, but as he was fading, the blood was just a little too much. To the point where I couldn’t see. I think if I didn’t have to go through that, I think the outcome would have been different. Because the whole thing was to come on strong in the later rounds, because he probably was throwing so many shots in the beginning of the fight.”

A bittersweet feeling…
“But it’s just the way things happen. And the fans appreciate my effort and they saw I was fighting through the blood and wouldn’t quit. It’s a fight where even though I lost it’s kind of bittersweet, because I got a lot of respect from the fans. And I don’t think it’s a fight that hurt me. I’ll be back stronger than ever. Everything happens for a reason.”

Thoughts on a proposed Saul Alvarez-Austin Trout showdown on May 4th…
“I would like Austin Trout to win that fight, because Trout’s the underdog. I’m the underdog, so I’m always rooting for the underdog. If I had to bet on it, I would put my money on Canelo. But I’m rooting for Trout. But there are things that I saw in the Cotto fight that Cotto pulled off that a younger, strong fighter in Canelo was going to take advantage of. Cotto was just a bit off, slow; he seemed a little bit washed up. Not the same Cotto from the past. I feel like a guy like Canelo is definitely going to take advantage of the mistakes that Austin Trout made in the fight with Cotto. And I feel that Austin Trout is definitely the harder puncher. The key to that fight is, I see Trout giving him a little trouble in the early fight, then I see Canelo closing the distance and landing that left hook to the body and slowing Trout down.”

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by .:: JSFD26 ::. on 02-25-2013

Rosado said Trout is the harder puncher? He's also saying a very inexperienced fighter who has fought NO ONE near Trout's level will be able to exploit things that a seasoned fighter like Cotto couldn't do? Do we even know…

Comment by .:: JSFD26 ::. on 02-25-2013

[quote=MrClutch85] Quote: Originally Posted by 1PunchKOPOW! Lol? They both beat Smith and Molina beats them both. Posted from App for Android Ishe has enough skills to beat Molina and Rosado [/quote] No he doesnt... Ishe Smith is TRASH. [SIZE="1"][I]Posted…

Comment by wizard king on 02-25-2013

[QUOTE=MrClutch85;13084185]Ishe has enough skills to beat Molina and Rosado[/QUOTE] Wow you are a moron stop looking at the skin color of ishe, he would not stand a chance against Molina and its 50/50 chance against rosado

Comment by MrClutch85 on 02-25-2013

[QUOTE=1PunchKOPOW!;13084058]Lol? They both beat Smith and Molina beats them both. [SIZE="1"][I]Posted from App for Android[/I][/SIZE][/QUOTE] Ishe has enough skills to beat Molina and Rosado

Comment by John Crown on 02-25-2013

I agree with how Rosado predicts the Alvarez vs Trout fight goes.

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