Rosado stops Davis for interim NABA Title in Atlantic City - Photo Gallery & Report
By Ken Hissner at ringside, Doghouse Boxing (Feb 28, 2011) Doghouse Boxing (All Photos © Tri Nguyen)
It was another one of those “Philly Fights” at Bally’s in Atlantic City Saturday night when Gabriel “King” Rosado, 16-5 (9), stopped Jamaal “Da Truth” Davis, 12-8 (7), in the twelfth and final round at the 1:01 mark when referee Alan Huggins rescued Davis on the ropes to win the interim NABA light middleweight title. Both are from Philly.

Last July J. Russell Peltz had Rosado fighting for the USBA light middleweight title against champion Derek “Pooh” Ennis. It was a classic Philly fight with Ennis taking a close decision. This fight was not expected to bring the same fire power being Davis cannot punch as hard as Ennis. What Davis brought to the table was a Philly heart!

Rosado has an upper torso like a light heavy and legs like a welter and had “bad intentions” from the start in taking Davis out. Davis on the other hand is the superior boxer and fleet footed making Rosado look like he was plodding in sand trying to catch him.

It made for an interesting match-up in-spite of referee Alan Huggins unnecessary brakes in the action and though warning Rosado throughout most of the fight never took a point away for any infractions.

Davis started fast taking the first 2 rounds with his superior boxing. Rosado and his trainer Bill Briscoe got together and decided to put more pressure on Davis feeling Davis was not a knockout threat. Rosado landed some strong right hands in the third and showed no respect for Davis keeping him on the move at times not throwing anything in return which cost him.

Rosado seemed to win from the third through the sixth round. In the seventh Davis landed several rights and left hooks of his own to close the gap. The eighth was close with Rosado increasing his lead. The ninth was a very good round for both until Rosado landed a borderline uppercut giving Davis a breather. It seemed to spurn Davis on to take the round.

Rosado came back to take the tenth and eleventh bloodying the nose of Davis. Going into the twelfth and final round Davis knew he was behind. “I knew I was behind and had to come out and make something happen,” said Davis.

It left him vulnerable for the first time in the fight and he paid the price. An uppercut started the downfall of Davis as he tried to hold on. Rosado smelled blood and landed 11 unanswered punches before the referee gave a halt at the 1:01 mark. The judges had it 8-3 twice and 7-4 (as did this writer).

“I want to give thanks to God. Jamaal gave me a helluva fight. I respect him and his trainer. We’re friends and I knew it would be a tough fight. My trainer Billy Briscoe and my father gave me a game plan to follow and it worked,” said Rosado.

Ronald Cruz, 11-0 (8), of Bethlehem, PA, once again knocked down another obstacle that promoter Peltz put in front of him. There are no easy fights for Cruz. He is getting a crash course to the top ten. Cruz was up against a good boxer in Dillet Frederick, 7-4-3 (4), of Ft. Myers, FL, in this 6 round junior welterweight fight. It was a close round with Cruz hitting Frederick on the sides with left and right hands trying to get his opponent to lower his guard.

There was a marked improvement in the defense of Cruz. In the second round Frederick was boxing well with both fighters mixing it up good. In the third round Cruz dropped Frederick into a neutral corner. Cruz was on him until referee Edwin Viruet wisely stopped the fight at 2:00 of the round. Cruz has many fans following him from upstate PA and once again he proved he would come out on top making the long ride to the shore well worth it.

In a 4 rounder unbeaten Philly heavyweight Bryant Jennings, 6-0 (4), crossed another hurdle shutting out giant Theron Johnson, 5-4 (1), of Chicago. Giving away 4” to the 6:06 Johnson Jennings seemed to be pushing for a knockout after a feeling out first round. Johnson had no answer for Jennings body shots.

Trainer Fred Jenkins kept urging him to follow up with head shots but when you only have a handful of amateur bouts this is good experience for Jennings. Scores of 60-54 (twice) and 59-55 gave him the win.

In the “fight of the night” they threw out defense as Julio DeJesus, 5-2-1 (3), of Millville, NJ, and Hector Collado, 0-3-1, Union City, NJ, went right at each other with DeJesus scoring a knockdown with a combination. Collado would come back and have DeJesus in trouble but had a mouse under his left eye already by the end of the round.

In the second round a left hook had DeJesus holding on and out of nowhere another left hook dropped Collado a second time. In the third it was all Collado until he got dropped for a third time. The fans were going wild! In the fourth again DeJesus hurt Collado but there was no quite in him and he was dangerous until the final bell.

You couldn’t have scripted this fight any better. When you so many PPV fights disappoint and a fight like this gets buried on an undercard you have to wonder if these warriors shouldn’t be getting a bigger piece of the pie on their efforts alone. If this was the main event or a show ender all would have been quite pleased. Two judges had it 39-34 and the other 39-35 all for DeJesus. Page was the referee.

In the show opener Philly’s Paul Fernandez, 5-4-2 (3), and Tommy Garcia, 3-3 (2), fought on even terms until the third round in this 4 round featherweight match in spite of a Garcia cut on the left eye brow in the first. Though Garcia is from Hartford, CT, all his previous matches were at the New Alhambra in South Philly.
A left hook drove Fernandez into the ropes that kept him from hitting the canvas. Referee Lindsay Page let it go giving Garcia the advantage of jumping on the hurt Fernandez. Landing a number of punches without return the referee rightly stopped the fight at the 0:49 mark of the third round in favor of Garcia.

Tyrone Luckey, 3-0 (2), of Middletown, NJ, was too much for usually durable southpaw Gustavo Dailey, 4-11 (1), of Philly easily winning the first 3 rounds with Dailey making it competitive in the last round in this 4 round junior lightweight match until Luckey hurt Daily and referee jumped in stopping the match prematurely to the dispute of Dailey who certainly wasn’t hurt enough for it to be stopped at the 1:20 mark.

In the show’s final bout Dontre King, 3-9-2 (1), of Cambridge, MD, gave an all out effort but came up short against DeCarlo Perez, 3-0-1 (1), by scores of 39-37 twice and 38-38 to win a majority decision. These were junior welterweights. Perez had fought a draw with Collado last year, who was in the fight of the night. Viruet was the referee.

All in all it was another good show by Peltz Boxing with promoter J Russell Peltz also handling the matchmaking with his VP Maureen Sacks taking care of all the other business as usual. Their next show will be April 23rd at Caesars with a rematch between Garrett “Galaxy Warrior” Wilson and Omar Shieka. If it’s anything like the first fight expect fireworks!

Peltz’s super bantamweight Teon Kennedy was at ringside looking forward to his upcoming fight with Jorge Diaz on March 26th at the Boardwalk Hall. Both are unbeaten.

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