Gabriel Rosado Interview: “I Want Wreak Havoc and take titles in the 154-Pound Division!”
By "Big Dog" Benny Henderson Jr., Doghouse Boxing (Aug 13, 2012) Doghouse Boxing (Photo © Kinggabrosado.com)
Junior middleweights contender, Gabriel Rosado 20-5 (12), will face the
“Killa” Charles Whittaker 38-12-2 (23) in a world title elimination
bout on September 21st, 2012, at the Sands Casino Resort in Bethlehem,
Pa., be televised live on Main Events' "Fight Night" card (NBC Sports
Net). The victor will be awarded the chance to take a shot at the
154-pound IBF title holder Cornelius "K9" Bundrage.
All though the Cayman Islands born boxer, Whitaker, has been on a
fourteen fight victory run, the Philly born Rosado, has pounded out six
consecutive wins, with four coming by the way of knock out. And the
twenty-six year old Rosada, who goes by the nick name “King”, wants to
use Whitaker as a stepping stone for his march of madness of his
In this exclusive interview conducted by Doghouse Boxing, Rosada, speaks
out on his upcoming match-up, his 360 degree turn around in the fight
game, the 154-pound division, and more, enjoy.
Benny Henderson Jr.: The news is out, you will be
battling Charles Whittaker, September 21st. The winner will get a crack
at the IBF title holder, K9 Bundrage. Your thoughts on your upcoming
Gabriel Rosado: It will be a crowd pleasing fight. My goal is
to make sure a guy like Whitaker is not on my level. He is a veteran, he
comes to fight and so do I.
BH: All though Whitaker has twelve losses on his
record, he hasn’t lost a bout since 2004. What are going to be your keys
to victory to hand Whitaker his first loss in eight years?
GR: Whitaker is pretty much standing in front of my goal of
getting a world title. I feel that we will see the best Charles Whitaker
but I feel that I can dominate him. He is tall, he is long, and he is a
big 154 pounder. He has 14 wins in a row, but I am not judging him by
his record. I am not sleeping on him at all. It is do or die for him. My
speed advantage, my strength and my boxing IQ will be the keys to my
victory. And my youth too.
BH: There for a while in your career, you were going
back and forth within the winning and losing column, now here you are a
top 154-pound fighter on the cusp of a world title. How did you turn it
GR: I think it was a matter of experience. Experience was my
best teacher. Going through tough fights early in my career helped me
turn it all around. At this point I am seasoned and I know what it takes
to win. The goal I set myself the last time I took a L was to always
train hard and never sleep on an opponent and do whatever it takes to
BH: If victorious you will be taking on K9 Bundrage, a scrappy guy with a good punch. How would you approach that fight?
GR: I just want to stay focused on Whitaker. I don’t look past any opposition. After Whitaker, then we can talk about K9.
BH: We all know the 154-pound division is stacked
with talents such as, Mayweather, Cotto, Trout, Alvarez, Bundrage, Lara,
and so on. but let’s forget the titles, and such. Where do you see
Gabriel Rosada amongst the mix of competition?
GR: I feel like I deserve and belong in that list with the elite. Especially with my last two wins. I beat world class fighters.
BH: Looking at yourself, what do you see being the top three greatest qualities you have as a fighter?
GR: My mental strength, my boxing IQ, and
my ability to adjust. Being that I’m very athletic. I do things that
might not be textbook, but I can get away with it.
BH: Any message you would like to send out to your upcoming opponent, as well as the entire 154-pound division?
GR: With Whitaker, hopefully he is training hard so it will be a
crowd pleasing fight and it can last at least 6 rounds. To the entire
154 division, my whole mentality is to wreak havoc and take titles. I’m
coming for yall.
BH: Your closing thoughts?
GR: I want everyone to tune in Sept 21st to NBC Sports. It’s
going to be a good show. Also, I want to thank all the fans for their
support. Without fans, fighters are nothing.
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