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Rosado: Wasn’t Considering About Munguia As Subsequent Battle, Simply Occurred Organically

Gabriel Rosado couldn’t have requested for a greater setting for one of many standout moments of his professional profession.  

The veteran trialhorse and former title challenger was in the suitable place on the proper time when he flattened unbeaten Bektemir Melikuziev inside three rounds. Their June 19 conflict landed as one of many 12 months’s greatest upsets and knockouts, leaving even Rosado almost speechless. When it got here time to debate future plans, all he may take into consideration was calling out the night’s headlining act.

So started the method that led to his upcoming showdown with unbeaten former WBO junior middleweight titlist Jaime Munguia.  

“I knew the combat would occur proper after we referred to as one another out within the ring, however it wasn’t one thing that was within the works and even actually on my thoughts,” Rosado knowledgeable BoxingScene.com. “DAZN was buzzing about it, the followers have been speaking about it. Oscar [De La Hoya, chairman of Golden Boy Promotions] informed me as quickly as I left the ring that the combat would occur. We have been simply ready on a date and placement to make it occur.

“Actually, I wasn’t even occupied with Munguia. I didn’t even know it could doubtlessly be the subsequent combat. This combat occurred organically. I wasn’t even occupied with calling him out till they requested me. The very first thing I considered was the principle occasion. So, I used to be like, “Munguia is right here to care for enterprise, so let’s do Munguia.” I simply sort of put it on the market.”

Philadelphia’s Rosado (26-13-1, 15KOs)—who now lives in Los Angeles— couldn’t have requested for a greater lead-in, icing then-unbeaten Melikuziev with a proper hand within the third spherical of their tremendous middleweight conflict at Don Haskins Middle on the campus of College of Texas at El Paso (UTEP). The present’s most important occasion noticed Tijuana’s Munguia (37-0, 30KOs) tear by means of former title challenger Kamil Szeremeta in six rounds for his third straight stoppage win in as many fights at middleweight.

The afternoon’s large winners referred to as out each other after their respective fights, placing the wheels in movement for Golden Boy Promotions and DAZN to safe a spot on the schedule for the perceived can’t-miss motion combat. Rosado sensed by means of his placement on the June present of the likelihood for such a combat to subsequent happen. The 35-year-old wasn’t banking on it, although, because the favored Melikuziev had his undivided consideration.

“I used to be simply within the second. Bektemir is a harmful dude, you’ll be able to’t simply look previous somebody like him,” acknowledged Rosado. “I went into the combat assured and with an awesome recreation plan. It labored out, we have been locked in and landed that shot to knock him out. Munguia bought his knockout after which referred to as me out. [This fight] simply sort of occurred naturally.”

The scheduled 12-round regional middleweight title combat marks the primary on the weight for Rosado since a slender factors loss to Poland’s Maciej Sulecki in March 2019. His previous three fights have taken place at tremendous middleweight, together with a controversial cut up choice defeat to former middleweight titlist Daniel Jacobs final November and the aforementioned spotlight reel knockout of Melikuziev in June.

Jake Donovan is a senior author for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox

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