There Is A New “King” In Philadelphia
By Jason Petock, Doghouse Boxing (June 7, 2012) Doghouse Boxing (Photo © Gary Purfield)
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Gabriel Rosado
In boxing, as in life, talent is often something that is inherent, you either have it or you don’t. Granted Champions are made in the gym, but the real test of a fighter’s mettle comes from deep within. It comes from those times when a boxer is pushed past their breaking point, past the threshold and ultimately far beyond any idea of a comfort zone. This is the purest measure of a fighter. Philadelphia’s up-and-coming boxing sensation “King” Gabriel Rosado 20-5 (12), who fights under the flag of Brazen Boxing, is no stranger to pushing himself to the limit and beyond. Coming off a breathtaking 9th round TKO victory over rugged ring veteran and Brooklyn fighter Sechew “Iron Horse” Powell 26-5 (15) on June 1st at the Sands Casino Resort in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania for the WBO Inter-Continental Light Middleweight Championship, Rosado proved to his fans and the boxing public that he has what it takes to capture the Light Middleweight division by storm. Ranked 5th in the world by the IBF, Gabriel Rosado is ready for the big name fights and the challenges that come along with such an undertaking while maintaining a strict adherence to his Philly roots.

Hard work and preparation are key to the 26 year old fighter’s success and Rosado is no slouch when it comes to training. Says Evan Ogull, Fighter Management Assistant at Brazen Boxing (brazenboxing.com), of Rosado, “Gabriel was born and raised in Philadelphia, continuing the heritage of amazing fighters this great city has produced over the years. Gabriel doesn’t train like an ordinary boxer however, but rather more like a college wrestler. We use grueling circuit training to boost his strength and conditioning here at Brazen, and that was put on display as Gabriel showed very little exhaustion in the later rounds of his fight en route to crushing power punches in the 8th and 9th rounds to defeat Mr. Powell.” Gabriel Rosado dropped the hammer against Powell and showcased his power, fortitude and discipline in the ring against a highly capable opponent. There is no question that the time has come for opportunity to come knocking and it should knock just as hard as the punishing punches that Rosado throws in the squared circle.

Trained from Day 1 by Philadelphia legend Billy Briscoe, Rosado has been able to take his abilities to the next level. Briscoe has been dubbed by the crew at Brazen Boxing as “the single most compelling figure in the local scene today,” a huge distinction when you consider the deep lineage of Philadelphia and its boxing antiquity. After winning the NABA Junior Middleweight title back in February 2011, the magic Rosado and Briscoe produced in the gym has definitely shown in the ring. “King” also maintains the Philadelphia State Light Middleweight Title which is no small feat given the talent pool coming out of the “City Of Brotherly Love.” But make no mistake about it, there is no love lost when Rosado steps through the ring ropes onto the apron. He means business and his boxing ability shines through like a beacon of promise in the Light Middleweight division, a weight class that is already rich with talent. Gabriel plans on being added to the roster, and rightfully so, as he has won 4 of his last 5 fights by TKO. Fighting alongside names such as Cotto, Cintron, Alvarez and Mayweather, Jr., Rosado has accepted the task before him with the sheer strength of his will and a swing of his fists.

Rosado is an action fighter with an indomitable spirit. Famed trainer Freddie Roach even said of him after his annihilation of Powell that, “Rosado does possess a vicious killer instinct that cannot be manufactured.” Justly, after his victory Gabriel Rosado called out for a world title shot. The prospect of a head-to-head clash with either undefeated WBA World Light Middleweight Champion Austin “No Doubt” Trout 25-0 (14) or fan and media favorite Saul “Canelo” Alvarez 40-0-1 (29) for his WBC Light Middleweight title seem more than feasible at this point in Rosado’s career. It’s time for Rosado to be acknowledged and recognized by the boxing world. He’s a fierce fighter who has been on the rise lately and is gunning for the top. His conditioning is impeccable and he has the heart of a lion. Gabriel Rosado is ready for all comers and has his eye on further Championships and future glory. Who out there is willing to accept the challenge from a true “King” and take the risk of losing their own crown in the process?

Thanks go out to Mr. Ogull at Brazen Boxing for reaching out to me and helping spread the word about their accomplished and hungry fighter and Champion over there in Philly. Further respect is overdue to “King” Gabriel Rosado for lacing up the gloves every time he steps foot into the ring, your time is coming soon Champ, world get ready. Should any interested parties want to contact Mr. Ogull in regard to setting up fights with or contacting Gabriel he can be reached at 215-995-0215. Don’t be afraid, let’s make this happen!

Jason can be reached with your questions, concerns, gripes, moans, complaints, insults or kudos at BoxingWarrior@hotmail.com. Your feedback is appreciated as always. Stay honest and keep punching.

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