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Gennady Golovkin vs. Gabriel Rosado on January 19th in MSG, New York

Gennady GolovkinBy Dan Ambrose: Dan Rafael is reporting that a deal has been made for unbeaten WBA World middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (24-0, 21 KO’s) to defend his title against junior middleweight Gabriel Rosado (21-5, 13 KO’s) in an HBO televised fight on January 19th at the Madison Square Garden, in New York, New York, USA. This is the same card as the featherweight contest between WBO featherweight champion Orlando Salido vs. Mikey Garcia.

I’m glad that Golovkin finally has an opponent for this fight date, but I’m not too impressed with the guy that they got in the 26-year-old Rosado. However, it was down to either him or middleweight contender Fernando Guerrero, a fighter that had recently been knocked out by 40-year-old Grady Brewer. That wouldn’t have been an appealing fight to see Golovkin vs. Guerrero because the outcome would be obvious.

Rosado has been beaten a number of times. One of the memorable times was when he was destroyed in only two rounds by Alfredo Angulo in 2009. Rosado didn’t have the chin or the power to compete with Angulo in that fight and he quickly folded. In Rosado’s last defeat, he was beaten by Derek Ennis by a 12 round majority decision in July 2010. Rosado has won his last seven fights since then, beating the likes of Charles Whitaker, Ayi Bruce, Jesus Soto Karass and Sechew Powell. However, none of those fighters are even close to being in the same class as Golovkin, so you have to ignore those victories for Rosado.

The main problem Rosado has is that he doesn’t have the power to bother Golovkin, and he also doesn’t have the chin. If you were to put Golovkin in with Rosado’s conqueror Angulo, I don’t think that would even be a fight. I see that as a mismatch with Golovkin destroying Angulo easier than James Kirkland did.

Rosado will be lucky if he can make it to the 5th round against Golovkin in this fight, which is how long Golovkin’s last opponent Grzegorz Proksa lasted against Golovkin last September. I’d pick Proksa over Rosado any day of the week.

I wish HBO would be a little more picky in selecting fights for their network because Golovkin vs. Rosado is a horrible one in my view, unless you like watching one fighter get destroyed in two or three rounds. Rosado doesn’t belong at 160, and he definitely doesn’t belong in the ring with Golovkin. If Rosado can’t even beat Angulo then he has no business fighting agaisnt the likes of an arguably even better fighter in Golovkin.

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