|Gennady Golovkin Heating Up his Sparring for Rosado!
By Ken Hissner, Doghouse Boxing (Jan 7, 2013) Doghouse Boxing
On January 19th WBA and IBO middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin, 24-0 (21), of
Kazakhstan, residing in Germany will defend his titles against
Philadelphia’s “King” Gabe Rosado, 21-5 (13), the No. 15 WBA contender.
Rosado is moving up from the No. 1 contender of the IBF light
middleweight rankings to challenge Golovkin at Madison Square Garden.
Smith has been in camp at Big Bear with Andre Ward and Lucian Bute
among others and has a solid jab and a defense to make him a wanted
sparring partner for numerous fighters when he isn’t continuing his own
career. Up until Thursday he said he was doing fine sparring with
Golovkin. He is a veteran of 56 fights and holds the PA light
heavyweight title. He also has a win over former super middleweight
champion Jeff Lacy. Joining Smith in came a little after he arrived was
another Philadelphia boxer Farah Ennis, 20-1, who is a former NABF super
middleweight champ and brother of Derek “Pooh” Ennis who was the last
to defeat Rosado for the USBA light middleweight title.
Ennis’ first day in camp as I am talking via phone with Smith I asked
how Ennis did and in the background Ennis says “I got my ass kicked”. I
understand he has been holding his own since while most of Golovkin’s
past sparring partner don’t last but a short time. I received a returned
e-mail from Golvkin’s mgr/agent Tom Loeffler after several weeks in
camp saying Smith was doing well in camp. “He is what they say he is
(heavy hitter). He can box and come forward strong,” said Ennis. Both
Smith and Ennis talked with this writer Sunday from camp. “Golovkin and
the rest of us play cards together and have plenty of laughs,” said
Ennis. Maybe they should take a deck of cards into ring when sparring?
call from Smith on Friday to me was “this is the toughest amp I have
ever been in”! It seems the closer to fight time Golovkin is heating it
up! He’s known to be one of the hardest punchers in boxing stopping 21
of his 24 opponents and having a more impressive amateur record of
beating some of the best in the world. Only one boxer has gone past the
eighth round with Golovkin and that was former IBF light middleweight
champion Kassim Ouma who was stopped in the tenth. The three decision
wins were all 8 round bouts. “The guy punches like a heavyweight,” said
Smith. Even the 30 fight veteran from Philadelphia Lajuan Simon suffered
his first stoppage loss in 2:17 of the first round a little over a year
ago to Golovkin when he got hit by a left hook and couldn’t get up
without assistance. Unbeaten light middleweight Tony Harrison is also in
camp and will be on the card.
has some big supporters among the press in Philadelphia and though a
light middleweight has an upper body of a light heavyweight. Since
Rosado’s last loss in 2010 to Ennis he has won 7 straight and 5 by
stoppage. His promoter J Russell Peltz feels this is a great opportunity
for Rosado since a title bout with K9 Bundrage for his IBF title
couldn’t be arranged. Another 10 days in camp and Golovkin and Rosado
will be meeting. Look for fireworks!
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