Rosado vs Whittaker Eliminator on 9/21 on NBC Sports
Bethlehem, PA—Junior middleweights Gabriel Rosado, of Philadelphia, PA, and Charles Whittaker, of the Cayman Islands, will battle for the No. 1 spot in the IBF rankings on Friday evening, Sept. 21, at the Event Center of the Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem.
The Rosado-Whittaker bout has been added to the NBC Sports Network Fight Series card, which already includes: light-heavyweights Gabriel Campillo, of Madrid, Spain, against Sergey Kovalev, of Ft. Lauderdale, FL, 10 rounds; welterweights Ronald Cruz, of Bethlehem, PA, against Antwone Smith, of Miami, FL, 12 rounds. First TV fight at 9 pm (ET).
Main Events, which is promoting the Sept. 21 card with Peltz Boxing and Sampson Boxing, won a purse bid on July 26 for the right to promote Rosado vs. Whittaker and added the match to the Sept. 21 card.
The winner of the Rosado-Whittaker fight will become the mandatory challenger for IBF world champion Cornelius Bundrage, of Detroit, MI.
Rosado, 26, earned the No. 3 slot in the IBF ratings this year with knockout victories over Jesus Soto-Karass, of Mexico, and over Sechew Powell, of Brooklyn, NY. The win over Powell topped the June 1 card in front of a standing-room-only crowd at the 2,000-seat Event Center at the Sands.
A pro since 2006, Rosado (above right) has a 20-5 record, 12 K0s. He has won his last six fights and also has defeated ex-IBF champ Kassim Ouma, of Uganda, and contender Saul Roman, of Mexico.
Whittaker, 38, is 38-12-2, 23 K0s, since turning pro in 1993. He gained the No. 2 slot in the IBF by beating Keenan Collins, of Reading, PA, and Giorbis Barthelemy, of Cuba. He currently holds the USBA title at 154 pounds.
The Campillo-Kovalev, Cruz-Smith and Rosado-Whittaker fights top a seven-bout card at the Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem. First fight is 7.15 pm (ET). Television portion begins at 9 pm (ET). Tickets priced at $80 and $55 can be purchased through the offices of Peltz Boxing (215-765-0922), all Ticketmaster outlets (800-745-3000) or at the box office at the Sands Event Center (610-297-7414). Tickets also can be purchased online at www.peltzboxing.com, www.SandsEventCenter.com and www.Ticketmaster.com.
Luxury suite tickets at $130 apiece also are available. In Bethlehem, tickets are available at Deja Brew, Inc., 101 West 4th Street (610-865-2739) and at Pronto Insurance Notary, 232 East 3rd Street (610-419-6790). NBC Sports Network will televise the Campillo-Kovalev, Cruz-Smith and Rosado-Whittaker fights, beginning at 9 pm. The card is being promoted by Main Events and Peltz Boxing Promotions, Inc., in association with Sampson Boxing and the Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem.
Rosado earned this title eliminator the REAL way. Hopefully Lara does the same instead of just waiting around with his thumb up his ass praying that a title shot fall's in his lap.Comment by Bushbaby on 08-06-2012
[QUOTE=jsfd26;12406586]Top Rank doesn't do sh1t for Vanes, they barely even televise his fights yet GB let themselves get outbid. Whatever man.[/QUOTE] They're trying to make this fight. It's Lara's people that were hesitant.Comment by .:: JSFD26 ::. on 08-06-2012
[QUOTE=Bushbaby;12406582]You have to understand golden boy was up against top rank. It's not like it was some 2nd tear promotional company.[/QUOTE] Top Rank doesn't do sh1t for Vanes, they barely even televise his fights yet GB let themselves get outbid.…Comment by Bushbaby on 08-06-2012
[QUOTE=jsfd26;12406550]Truthfully it kinda pisses me off more than the Ginger situation. Man I was happy when I heard Lara went with GBP. Little did I know he was gonna be treated like complete trash. Then newly signed to Haymon and…Comment by Sportofkings on 08-06-2012
I like Rosado, good hard hitting tough fighter who came up the hard way, he should win this handily, and I think hes got a good shot to beat K9 afterwards!Post a Comment/View More User Comments (17)