Gabriel Rosado has never backed down from a challenge. His record, as a result, is littered with heartbreaking losses. Still, Rosado has brazenly accepted yet another difficult foe...this time, under extremely different circumstances.
On March 18th, the Philadelphia slugger will venture off to the light heavyweight division for the first time in his career to take on Gilberto Ramirez.
Initially, the boxing world was taken aback the moment their explosive showdown was announced. Having spent the majority of his career battling it out against some of the middleweight division’s elite, a move to 175 is a bit bemusing.
Nevertheless, at the age of 37, Rosado is comfortable with giving up both height and reach as long as his body is given a reprieve. Rosado’s conjecture has been formulated from both his advanced age and the endless wars he’s endured during a career that spans nearly two decades.
Still, despite his ability to pack on the pounds during training camp, Rosado knows good and well that he must come up with a comprehensive game plan in order to ensure his victory. With three consecutive defeats saddled to his record, Rosado is desperate to stop the bleeding.
Similarly, Ramirez (44-1, 30 KOs) is anxious to return to the winner's circle. After coming up woefully short against Dmitry Bivol just a few short months ago, Ramirez is hopeful that a victory come fight night will place him back in the championship mix.
In terms of how their showdown could ultimately play out, Rosado is paying little to no attention to the pernicious knockout power of his man. Throughout the course of his career, Rosado has swapped fists and engaged in bloody back-and-forth battles with a number of murderous punchers, including Gennadiy Golovkin, Daniel Jacobs, and David
Lemieux. While he’s yet to experience the sort of power that Ramirez has with smaller gloves, Rosado is convinced that his chin should hold up just fine.
“I’ve worked with big guys all the time," said Rosado to DAZN Boxing. "There’s middleweights that punch harder than light heavyweights. I’m sure I’ve fought plenty of middleweights that punched harder than light heavyweights.”
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