LAS VEGAS – Gabe Rosado didn’t have another upset left in his 36-year-old body Saturday night.

Ali Akhmedov handled the gritty veteran the way the 7-1 odds suggested he would in their 10-round super middleweight match at T-Mobile Arena. Kazakhstan’s Akhmedov landed the more effective punches with more regularity in their Canelo Alvarez-Gennadiy Golovkin undercard fight and won a unanimous decision.

Akhmedov shut out Rosado on the cards of judges Eric Cheek, Glenn Feldman and Don Trella, each of whom scored Akhmedov a 100-90 winner.

Akhmedov (19-1, 14 KOs), who is promoted by Golovkin’s company, has won three straight fights since then-unknown Carlos Gongora upset him by 12th-round knockout in December 2020. Conversely, Rosado has lost three fights in a row since his huge upset of hard-hitting prospect Bektemir Melikuziev, whom Rosado knocked unconscious in the third round of their June 2021 bout in El Paso, Texas.

Jaime Munguia, Shane Mosley Jr. and Akhmedov have out-pointed Rosado (26-16-1, 15 KOs, 1 NC) in a 12-rounder and a pair of 10-rounders, respectively, since he upset Melikuziev.

Rosado tried to get the knockout he needed in the final round, but he couldn’t hurt Akhmedov with any of his punches. A lunging left hook by Rosado made Akhmedov hold him 40 seconds into the 10th round, but that was his best punch of the final three minutes of action.

A right hand by Rosado knocked Akhmedov backward with just over 1:20 to go in the ninth round.

Akhmedov landed a right hand to the side of Rosado’s head about 45 seconds into the eighth round. Rosado’s right to the side of Akhmedov’s head with just over 20 seconds on the clock in the eighth round.

Akhmedov and Rosado traded punches in what was a competitive seventh round.

Akhmedov landed a right to Rosado’s body and quickly came back up top with a right hand with just over 1:20 on the clock in the sixth round. Rosado drilled Akhmedov with a right hand, though, as Akhmedov moved backward with 15 seconds to go in the sixth round.

Akhmedov knocked Rosado off balance with a flush right hand a minute into the fifth round. Another right hand by Akhmedov caught Rosado about 30 seconds later.

A right uppercut by Akhmedov rocked Rosado with under 30 seconds to go in the fifth round as well.

Rosado gave Akhmedov a nod of respect as they headed back to their corners following the fifth round.

Rosado’s left uppercut landed just before the midway mark of the fourth round and made Akhmedov reset his feet. Akhmedov and Rosado later exchanged hard shots just before the bell sounded to end the fourth round.

A flashy combination by Akhmedov got Rosado’s attention with just over 1:40 on the clock in the second round. Akhmedov drilled Rosado with a right hand in an exchange that took place with about 10 seconds to go in the second round.

Rosado landed a right hand that made Akhmedov move away from him with just under 40 seconds to go in the opening round.

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.