Gabriel Rosado, headlining Barclays Center on Dec. 6, took part on a Monday conference call to hype the middleweight scrap against Canadian David Lemieux, which pits two rugged rumblers in a “someone is certain to hit the deck” tussle.
Rosado, termed a “throwback fighter” by Robert Diaz, the Golden Boy matchmaker who helmed the call, is coming off a win in a BKB bout. Exciting scrapper Lemieux has the looks and the pop to rise in the ranks, and we shall see if he can get past the North Philly fighter who has relocated to LA, to get some new insights from a new trainer.
Rosado talked about switching trainers, as he went from Billy Briscoe, to Jesse Reid. Ten years with Briscoe was great, but Rosado said they peaked together. He said “it was difficult” parting with Briscoe, but they are like family, so they parted ways on great terms. “He just wants me to be better,” the fighter said.
Rosado spoke about having lost a bunch of bouts. He said he’s lost controversial decisions, and he thinks the fans know that, for example, he beat J’Leon Love…and that he had Peter Quillin on his heels when he got stopped on a cut. He says Gennady Golovkin was really the only one who bit him decidedly at 160. “You can’t fool the fans,” he stated, pointing out that he doesn’t think Lemieux should be considered the favorite in this tussle.
The fighter said he’s not insulted by any disses, from people thinking Lemieux has the much higher upside. Lemieux has the NABF title, so Rosado gets it that he gets A-side love.
Diaz thinks this bout isn’t a crossroads fight, that this will be back and forth rumble, and neither guy has to be scrap-heaped if they lose. “I expect fireworks, and I am very excited about this fight,” the matchmaker said.
Rosado told us that he thinks fans relate to him because he’s blue collar, didn’t have a big backer coming up, and thus, he’s humble, and relatable. If he uses his experience, and sticks to the game plan, he should get the W, he said, because Lemieux hasn’t fought the level of foes he has. No, he doesn’t see this as “must win,” as he has that mentality for every fight…but he has a new focus, is more disciplined…so that should pay immense dividends. “I kinda see the big picture…this fight gets me in a position to get a world title,” he said.