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, and  

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. 

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by UTEP on 08-07-2012

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!

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