Gabe Rosado doesn’t hate Daniel Jacobs.
The veteran super middleweight simply has taken exception to Jacobs’ comments about him. Philadelphia’s Rosado promised to make Jacobs pay for his perceived arrogance Friday night, when they’ll meet in a 12-round super middleweight match DAZN will stream as the main event of a five-fight card in Hollywood, Florida.
Rosado (25-12-1, 14 KOs, 1 NC) feels Jacobs will be in for “a rude awakening” when they square off at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. The huge underdog suspects Jacobs (36-3, 30 KOs) hasn’t trained as hard since he moved up last year from the middleweight limit of 160 pounds to the super middleweight maximum of 168 pounds.
“I think sometimes you get caught up and feel yourself too much,” Rosado stated during a virtual conference call Tuesday. “And, I mean, and you don’t put [in] the work that you think you puttin’ in. You think you’re going hard, but you really not. You know what I’m saying? And I think, you know, that’s just how I read Dan right now. I think Dan’s in a situation where he’s feeling himself, he’s looking past me. And I’ve been there before, you know, mentally, so I understand that.
“And I know at this point in my career, you can’t afford to make any error, any mistake. You know, if you’re not feeling like putting in that roadwork, you better put that roadwork in, you better suck it up. You know, if you don’t wanna do eight rounds of sparring that day with three different guys, you better suck it up. You know, and it’s just me kind of just going along with whatever my trainers needed and whatever I had to do to be victorious. And I don’t know if Danny’s mind is there right now, at this moment.”
Jacobs dismissed Rosado as “a hater” earlier on the aforementioned virtual conference call. The Brooklyn native senses “jealousy” is the reason Rosado began calling him out.
“You know, it’s not no hate thing for me,” Rosado explained. “Like, I don’t hate the man. For me, it’s more of I just wanna prove that I’m better than him. You know, so this strictly really comes down to just this performance, right? I don’t got no ill will against him. I don’t wish nothing bad against him, so you know, I have no problem after the fight. But, you know, it’s been a lot of things said going into the fight that I don’t like. I feel like, like I said, I wanna humble him. I wanna shut him up for the things he said.”
Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.