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Gabriel Rosado Faces Sechew Powell, Joel Julio Withdraws

By Keith Idec

Sechew Powell has replaced Joel Julio as Gabriel Rosado’s opponent for a June 1 junior middleweight fight in Bethlehem, Pa.

The Colombian-born Julio (37-4, 31 KOs) informed his promotional company, Main Events, this week that he was pulling out of the 12-round regional title fight for undisclosed reasons. Powell agreed today to take the fight on less than a month’s notice.

Rosado readily agreed to the change as well, despite that he was preparing for a fight against a right-handed opponent and Powell is a southpaw. Rosado (19-5, 11 KOs) is coming off the most impressive win of his career, a fifth-round stoppage of Jesus Soto Karass (24-7-3, 16 KOs, 1 NC) on Jan. 21 in Philadelphia.

Like the Rosado-Karass fight, the Rosado-Powell bout will be televised by NBC Sports Network.

Powell (26-4, 15), of Brooklyn, N.Y., has lost his last two fights, a pair of 12-round unanimous decisions to former welterweight and junior middleweight champ Cory Spinks (39-6, 11 KOs) and current IBF junior middleweight title-holder Cornelius Bundrage (31-4, 18 KOs, 1 NC). But Powell is in shape because he has been in training camp with Delvin Rodriguez, helping Rodriguez (26-5-3, 14 KOs) prepare for a June 2 title shot against WBA junior middleweight title-holder Austin Trout (24-0, 14 KOs) in Carson, Calif.

Keith Idec covers boxing for The Record and Herald News, of Woodland Park, N.J., and BoxingScene.com.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by nycsmooth on 05-04-2012

[QUOTE=liraj;12076661]delvin rodriguez [B]WILL[/B] be champion June 2nd :boxing:[/QUOTE] really believe Delvin's got a chance but must use w/ever speed & tech skills he can bring along w/what he used on his last 2 bouts...Go DR...

Comment by nycsmooth on 05-04-2012

[QUOTE=Mastrangelo;12076503]It's still a good match-up, but I'll never uderstand why those guys from NBC rejected Clottey as an opponent. I guess they want to promote american fighters rather than see him loosing to guy from Ghana?[/QUOTE] they sw his 2…

Comment by UTEP on 05-04-2012

delvin rodriguez [B]WILL[/B] be champion June 2nd :boxing:

Comment by JKidd2624 on 05-04-2012

Much rather would have had Julio, but Powell isn't "that" bad of a replacement. NBC is finding out how hard it is to promote boxing events with how frequently fighters pull the plug on the fights. No wonder the sport…

Comment by Mastrangelo on 05-04-2012

It's still a good match-up, but I'll never uderstand why those guys from NBC rejected Clottey as an opponent. I guess they want to promote american fighters rather than see him loosing to guy from Ghana?

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