By Keith Idec
All the trash talked by Luis Arias and Gabriel Rosado didn’t result in an especially entertaining fight Saturday night.
Fittingly, neither fighter was declared the winner of a closely contested, 12-round middleweight match in Mulvane, Kansas. It resulted in a split draw because one judge, David Sutherland, scored their fight for Arias (116-112), another judge, Mike Munoz, had it for Rosado (116-112), and a third judge, Karen Holderfield, scored it even (114-114).
DAZN streamed the Arias-Rosado bout as part of the Jarrell Miller-Bogdan Dinu undercard from Kansas Star Arena.
Arias (18-1-1, 9 KOs) and Rosado (24-11-1, 14 KOs, 1 NC) each ended a layoff that lasted longer than a year.
Milwaukee’s Arias hadn’t boxed before Saturday night since losing a one-sided, 12-round decision to Daniel Jacobs last November 11 in Uniondale, New York. Philadelphia’s Rosado hadn’t fought since stopping Glen Tapia in the sixth round of their October 2017 bout in Las Vegas.
Their back-and-forth fight appeared to be up for grabs going into the final round.
Arias acted accordingly, as he connected with two overhand rights within the first 15 seconds of the 12th round. A left hook by Arias also found a home just beyond the halfway point of the final round.
Rosado landed multiple right hands late in the 12th round against Arias, who was bleeding by then from a cut over his right eye. An accidental clash of heads in the 12th round caused that cut.
Arias drilled Rosado with a hard, overhand right early in the 11th round. Rosado’s right hand to the side of Arias’ head caused Arias to hold him just before the 11th round ended.
Arias rocked Rosado with a right uppercut early in the 10th round.
Rosado attacked Arias early in the ninth round and hurt him with a right hand. Rosado landed several more right hands that left Arias holding him.
Arias rallied later in the ninth and caught Rosado with a left hook as Rosado moved backward. Rosado still landed an overhand right toward the end of the round that affected Arias.
Arias snuck in a left to Rosado’s body just prior to the halfway point of the eighth round. An overhand right by Rosado landed with about 20 seconds to go in that round.
Arias landed an overhand right and a left hook to the body with just under 50 seconds to go in the seventh round.
Rosado’s left hook penetrated Arias’ guard about 35 seconds into the sixth round. Arias landed a right and a left to Rosado’s body just after the midway mark of the sixth round.
Arias also landed a left hook later in the sixth round.
Arias connected with a counter left hook just before the halfway point of the fifth round. Arias also landed a short right hand with about 35 seconds to go in the fifth.
Rosado snuck in a left uppercut 20 seconds into the fourth round. Arias continued having difficulty during the fourth round penetrating Rosado’s defense, other than a chopping right hand he landed to the side of Rosado’s head.
Arias and Rosado had to be separated by referee Kevin Champion once the bell sounded to end the fourth round.
Rosado’s right uppercut connected with 45 seconds to go in the second round. Rosado also worked well off his jab in the second round and mostly kept out of Arias’ punching range.
An aggressive Arias had success with body shots in the first round, particularly a right to the body with 1:02 remaining in it.
Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.