By Mike Coppinger
Sources close to Gabriel Rosado have informed BoxingScene.com that Rosado will challenge Gennady Golovkin for his IBO/WBA middleweight titles on Jan. 19.
The fight will be televised by HBO and will take place in New York.
The fight is agreed to in principle, with all monetary terms settled , but contracts have yet to be signed. Rosado will move up from 154 pounds to 160 for the fight. The other finalist for the bout was Fernando Guerrero, who lost out to Rosasdo for the big title opportunity.
Rosado (21-5, 13 KOs) and Golovkin both enjoyed breakout years in 2012. Rosado had three fights on NBC Sports Network's Fight Night series, winning each fight by stoppage. Golovkin (24-0, 21 KOs) made his debut in Sept. with a sterling knockout performance over Grzegorz Proksa.
Mike Coppinger is a contributor to USA TODAY's boxing coverage. Follow him on Twitter: @MikeCoppinger.