Golovkin-Rosado on Tap For For January 19th, HBO

By Mike Coppinger

Sources close to Gabriel Rosado have informed that Rosado will challenge Gennady Golovkin for his IBO/WBA middleweight titles on Jan. 19.

The fight will be televised by HBO and will take place in New York.

The fight is agreed to in principle, with all monetary terms settled , but contracts have yet to be signed. Rosado will move up from 154 pounds to 160 for the fight. The other finalist for the bout was Fernando Guerrero, who lost out to Rosasdo for the big title opportunity.

Rosado (21-5, 13 KOs) and Golovkin both enjoyed breakout years in 2012. Rosado had three fights on NBC Sports Network's Fight Night series, winning each fight by stoppage. Golovkin (24-0, 21 KOs) made his debut in Sept. with a sterling knockout performance over Grzegorz Proksa.

Mike Coppinger is a contributor to USA TODAY's boxing coverage. Follow him on Twitter: @MikeCoppinger.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by King_ on 12-01-2012

[QUOTE=liverkiller;12756524]I still think we need to see more of GG before we can consider him a serious name in boxing. Ive personally seen one fight. He looked great overall but against a nobody. Rosado is on the up and has…

Comment by teddycanyon on 12-01-2012

ehhh not feeling this one. HBO is pushing Rosado for no apparent reason. It's more like a stay busy fight against a name for Golovkin while he waits for the other MW contenders to give him a fight

Comment by -Antonio- on 12-01-2012

Rosado probably taking this because it won't effect his 154 rank. He is going to get drilled.

Comment by doninlouisiana on 12-01-2012

Rosado will get blasted out early despite a decent chin. More people will begin to get on the Golovkin bandwagon now that Gennady will be a regular on HBO.(Not sure how many fights he signed for, maybe 5?)

Comment by Light_Speed on 12-01-2012

I like both fighters but Rosado is gonna get murdered. Bad career move, he's gonna give K9 an excuse not to fight him.

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