By Eric Thomas: Junior middleweight contender Gabriel Rosado (21-5, 13 KO’s) hasn’t even fought WBA World middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (24-0, 21 KO’s) , yet he’s already looking past him towards big fights that he feels a win over Golovkin will lead to in the near future.
Rosado and Golovkin will be fighting this month on January 19th at Madison Square Garden in New York. Rosado is a big underdog in this fight, and he’s going to have to find a way to show that the betting crowd is wrong by not giving him much of a shot to win this fight.
Rosado said to thatboxingvoice.com “With an impressive win, fans are going to love it, you know? I think it’s going to open the door for fights against Sergio [Martinez], [Julio Cesar] Chavez Jr., [Saul] Canelo [Alvarez].”
That would be good if Rosado could beat Golovkin and face those guys, but I really don’t see Rosado winning this fight. He’s not in the same league as Golovin in terms of punching power, experience or boxing skills. Rosado has been beaten five times in the past for a reason. He’s got some flaws and those flaws are exploited whenever he steps up against better opposition.
It’s been several years since Rosado was last beaten, but it looks like he’s due for another loss because he’s really stepping up more than he ever has before in his career. Rosado’s best opponent he’s faced during his seven-year pro career is Alfredo Angulo, who destroyed Rosado by a 2nd round knockout.
The rest of the guys that Rosado has faced have been nothing special. Angulo is a decent fighter, but he would take a beating if he was to fight Golokvin, and that’s what kind of situation Rosado is in. Golovkin would handle the best guy that Rosado has faced and easily beat him.
Would Rosado get fights against Chavez Jr, Canelo and Sergio Martinez if he were to somehow beat Golovkin? I doubt it. Those fighters aren’t going to fight against guys were there isn’t much of a public demand. Rosado isn’t a big name, so I would expect him to be ignored by Chavez Jr., Martinez and Canelo even if he were able to beat Golovkin.