Rosado on Kirkland: He Asked For 'Double' The Purse!

By Steve Kim

At this time last week it looked like a junior middlweight crossroads bout between Gabe Rosado and James Kirkland was going to take place at the Forum in Inglewood, California on December 19th, as part of an HBO 'Boxing After Dark' telecast.

But alas, the flighty Kirkland changed his mind abruptly.

"I was nervous about it,"admitted Rosado on Thursday afternoon at the Madison Square Garden, where he was in attendance for the undercard press conference for the Golovkin-Lemieux pay-per-view show that takes place on Saturday night.

"I was like,'Man, he's so unpredictable, you never know with him.' And he did exactly what I was scared off, pulling out of the fight."

According to Rosado - "We signed the contracts, it was a done deal. They said we were good to go on December 19th in Los Angeles, it was the main event on HBO. It's a great opportunity and he just all of a sudden starts asking for double the purse and I'm just like - 'Why, we're good. We'll make some good money, main event on HBO. We both got the opportunity to get back on the map.' So I don't know, I just don't know how he works."

Rosado last fought on December 6th, 2014, where he was stopped in ten by David Lemieux. Now he finds himself looking for another fight.

"I spoke with (Golden Boy) today and they told me about a good fight. They definitely want me to fight again this year, possibly an opener for HBO at the end of the year. So it's not guaranteed, yet, but that's what I'm hoping for," said Rosado, who has a record of 21-9 (13 KO's).

Steve Kim is the news editor for BoxingScenecom.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by CAMPER on 10-16-2015

I'm seeing a lot of hate for Rosado on this thread. I don't see how anyone can hate a tough dude like Gabe. He fights everyone, gives his all in the ring, and is entertaining as hell. How can you…

Comment by -PBP- on 10-15-2015

He may have but why is Rosado snitching to the media like a little girl? Stop worrying about another man's money.

Comment by tgoodm10 on 10-15-2015

1st- If he were really offered just $90k for an HBO main event slot, I'd have rejected it as well. I would've never signed in the first place though. 2nd- Kirkland may have very well been the underdog in this…

Comment by vitali1999 on 10-15-2015

Rosado is a never was and Kirkland is a has been. So if you axe me the split should be down the middle, even Steven. 50/50.

Comment by jri9d0 on 10-15-2015

[QUOTE=Ravens Fan;16136124]What a$$ clown thought that this fight should be the main event on an HBO card??[/QUOTE] The same a s s hat's who thought Amir Khan vs Zab Judah should be worthy of a main event. Unfortunately it's the…

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