Middleweight juggernaut Gabriel Rosado (22-9, 13 KOs), defeated veteran fighter Joshua Clottey (39-5, 22 KOs) last night at the Turning Stone Resort and Casino in New York by unanimous decision. The ten-round bout was televised on HBO Latino.
It was a good win for Rosado who is coming off a string of losses to some legitimate competition. It’s been a year since he has stepped into the ring, and he has proven why he is still a warrior.
It was evident this fight was going to be a war from the first bell. In round one, Rosado wasted no time getting busy, he was warned by the referee for throwing a rabbit punch due to the awkward style of Clottey.
The action continued in round two, both fighters landing convincing blows when Rosado landed a left elbow that caught Clottey above his left eye. The elbow was purely accidental and the referee gave Clottey time to recover, it didn’t seem to be an issue for him as the fight continued.
Clottey, a solid veteran fighter from Ghana, proved that at thirty-eight years old he still has a solid game. He found his range early and was landing some nice punches that had Rosado’s face swelling.
By the later rounds, Rosado proved once again why he is a ring beast. Without a doubt, the fight was probably even on the scorecards, but Rosado began landing the cleaner and more crisp shots in the final two rounds. Landing some convincing combinations and body shots, Rosado had Clottey fighting more of a defensive role. In the end, the judges score the bout 97-93 X 2, and 96-94 in favor of Rosado by unanimous decision.
Under the direction of former champion Fernando Vargas as Rosado’s trainer, it is quite clear the two may have found a new life in the ring. True, Rosado has lost his last few bouts, but with losses to Golovkin and Lemieux he has learned a lot about himself as a fighter. With Vargas in his corner Rosado seems to be more patient and creates opportunities before striking.
It may have been a long time since Rosado has been in the ring, but he has been busy, fighting in the Big Knockout Boxing (BKB), a new combat sport that takes place in a circular surface known as “the pit.” BKB is similar to boxing but does not use a boxing ring for the fights, instead a seventeen-foot circular surface. There are no ropes, rather a raised padded area. Points are deducted for stepping outside the fighting surface and rounds last two minutes. Rosado faced some notable foes in BKB, he defeated Brian Vera, earning him the BKB Middleweight title and later defending the title in a win over a tough Curtis Stevens.
It’s been a good year for Rosado, he starred in a role in the movie “Creed,” another movie in the Rocky series. Clearly on the back side of his boxing career, Rosado may have a few big fights left in him and you can best bet he will make them exciting. He received positive reviews for his role in “Creed,” and just may have an acting career after boxing.