Maciej Sulecki defeats Gabriel Rosado – RESULTS
By Mike Smith: #6 WBO Maciej Sulecki (28-1, 11 KOs) had to overcome two knockdowns in the ninth round to go on to defeat Gabriel Rosado (24-12-1, 14 KOs) by a 10 round unanimous decision on Friday night to win the vacant World Boxing Organisation International Middleweight at the Liacouras Center in Philadelphia, PA.
Sulecki, 29, won the fight by the scores 95-91, 95-93 and 95-91. Boxing News 24 scored it 95-91 for Sulecki. Rosado was knocked down in rounds one and eight by big shots from Sulecki. In the ninth round, Rosado badly hurt Sulecki in dropping him with a powerful left-right combination. After Sulecki got back to his feet, Rosado hit him with some shots while he was holding onto him. Sulecki then hit the deck from the accumulation of shots. The round ended shortly after Sulecki got back to his feet, which prevented Rosado from finishing him off. As badly hurt as Sulecki, he likely would have been stopped. One thing though. The punches that Rosado was hitting Sulecki with to produce the second knockdown of the round were mostly rabbit punches to the back of his head. The referee could have arguably waived off the knockdown due to the shots being rabbit punches instead of shots to the legal portion of Sulecki’s head.
“I don’t know why. It was stupid,” Sulecki said in explaining why he was knocked down twice in the ninth by Rosado. “I decided to fight instead of box. This was a very bad fight. I lost concentration. I’m ready for Demetrius Andrade. I’m ready,” Sulecki said.
The win for Sulecki most likely means he’ll be challenging World Boxing Organization middleweight champion Demetrius Andrade (27-0, 17 KOs) in June on DAZN in his hometown of Providence, Rhode Island. Andrade was briefly commentary for DAZN tonight, and he stated that he would have an easy time landing his shots against Sulecki, as well as Rosado.
“I thought I turned it around in the middle rounds,” Rosado said. “I thought I closed it by the time I got into the ninth round. I thought I won. It’s hard to understand.”
Rosado seemed to be having a hard time coming to terms with his loss tonight. The reality he appeared to lose rounds 1 through 8 to Sulecki. Although Rosado did an excellent job of rallying to win the the 9th and 10th rounds, he didn’t do enough to win any of the first eight rounds. Sulecki was clearly the better fighter in rounds 1-8. Although Rosado showed a lot of heart in coming back to knock Sulecki down twice in round nine, one of the knockdowns probably should have been waived off by the referee due to Rosado landing a series of rabbit punches that helped him score the second knockdown. There appeared to be at least three if four rabbit shots from Rosado that led to Sulecki going down for the second time in the ninth.
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Raymond Ford vs. Weusi Johnson – RESULTS
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Daniyar Yeleussinov vs. Silverio Ortiz – RESULTS
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