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Gabriel Rosado Places a Big Target on Canelo's Back

Bethlehem, PA—Powerful junior middleweight contender King Gabriel Rosado, of Philadelphia, PA, says he should be the one to fight Saul Canelo Alvarez in September.

“Let Canelo step up to the plate and fight a real man,” Rosado said after his impressive ninth-round knockout over world-ranked Sechew Powell, of Brooklyn, NY, on Friday night at the Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem.

“They keep going over the same old names.  Carlos Quintana?  Please, give me a break.  Carlos Molina?  Get real!  Those guys can’t hurt my sister.  Maybe Canelo wants to play it safe for awhile.

Rosado’s win over Powell, which was televised as part of the NBC Sports Network Fight Series, should push Rosado to the top of the class at 154 pounds.

It was Rosado’s sixth straight win, fourth by knockout, and improved his record to 20-5, 12 K0s.

Going into the fight, Rosado was ranked No. 5 by the IBF, No. 9 by the WBC.  He should also pick up a WBO ranking now that he has won the vacant WBO Inter-Continental junior middleweight belt.

“A lot of guys talk tough, but don’t back it up,” Rosado added.  “I’ve fought tough guys every step of the way.  My record may not be all that glittering to look at, but check out the guys I’ve fought.  Name me another junior middleweight who came up the old-fashioned way like the old-timers did.

“Why should Canelo be afraid?  He’s got one of those pretty records (40-0, 29 K0s).  I should look like a piece of cake to him.

“If TV wants action, I’m their man.  If they’re just looking for a pretty face with a pretty record, then they can choose one of those phony contenders.  My day will come!”

Alvarez, the WBC champ at 154 pounds, was signed to defend against Paul Williams on Sept. 15 in Las Vegas before Williams was severely injured in a motorcycle accident last weekend in Georgia.

James Kirkland was the first choice to replace Williams, but that matchup fell apart.

“Stop playing around!” Rosado added.  “I’m ready and I’m willing.  Too many promoters play it safe with their fighters and want to keep everything in-house.  That way they keep control, regardless of who wins.  Let’s break that mold and make a real fight fans’ fight!”

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by nycsmooth on 06-03-2012

Roado's in the back of a long list but a few more quality wins & 2013 could b his...he did things no one has 2 Powell...wish him luck, he comes to fight...

Comment by -PBP- on 06-02-2012

[QUOTE=daperculator;12199092]canelo COULDNT come into a mayweather fight as the "undisputed champion" if you recall FLOYD is the WBA champ(after he beat cotto).[/QUOTE] Nah. Floyd is the WBA SUPER world light mw champion. Austin Trout is the WBA champion. Which makes…

Comment by #CaneloKhan on 06-02-2012

[QUOTE=PBP;12198893]To a certain extent but their obviously building a showdown with Mayweather down tge road. If Alvarez goes into that fight as the undisputed champ at 154 that's a huge selling point. Plus he would have beaten 2 of the…

Comment by .:: JSFD26 ::. on 06-02-2012

Rosado mentioned everybody at 154 but Lara. Then again, that seems to be the trend for everyone in that division. :lol1: But anyway, to stay on subject here. I think Canelo-Rosado would be a fun fight but Canelo wins IMO…

Comment by Tomasio on 06-02-2012

[B][I]Lara should get 1st choice, if not then Molina or the winner out of Trout or Rodriguez(who fight each other tonight) & with last nights victory, even Rosado deserves a crack & all these fighters would make a good fight…

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