NEW GREAT MIDDLEWEIGHT? Lemieux Batters Game Rosado, Scores TKO10 Win

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David Lemieux, one of boxing's most handsome hitters, took on Philly tough guy Rosado, looking to shed journeyman status, in a middleweight scrap at Barclays Center, and on HBO, Saturday night. The Canadian Lemieux proved to be no pretty boy poseur; he had the power edge, and used it, mightily. Game Gabe hung in there, but couldn't match the bombs coming his way. In round ten, he was eating, his left eye closed, his chances having moved from slim to near none…and the plug was pulled. Time of the stop came at 1:45 of the tenth, as the ref said no mas. Closed eye, blood starting to spill….no sense in letting Gabe eat too much more.

After, Lemieux said he to HBO's Max Kellerman wanted to show the crowd he could be exciting. He said he's willing “to fight everybody,” and that includes Gennady Golovkin. He said Rosado was better than he expected. Rosado after said Lemieux is a good fighter, but he was seeing three of the winner after his eye puffed up, in round two. “It's just my luck,” he said, referring to a propensity to get swollen and cut up.

Lemieux went 227-621 to 142-398 for the loser.

In the first, Lemieux (33-2), the NABF middleweight champ, came out bombing. He came forward, as Rosado (21-9) backed up, waiting too much. Gabe did combos, and at the center of the ring, later in the round.

In the second, Rosado jabbed, moved, as Lem stalked. “Touch him and move,” Gabe's corner yelled.

In the third, Lem came out jabbing, stalking, as Gabe had a high guard, partially so he wouldn't get cut. A left hook sent Gabe to the mat. Gabe then blocked and held, a vet's reaction to getting buzzed bad.  The left eye puffed but he made it to the end of the round.

In the fourth, Lem came out gunning. A left hook sent Rosado back. Gabe waved him to come forward and then landed a right. The ref was grinning while bombs were traded. This was a superlative round of pugilsim.

In the fifth, it was a calmer round. Lem was patient, a predator not crazed but focused. Rosado stayed smart, kept the guard high, defended smartly.

In the sixth, left hooks to the body thudded on Gabe. “Touch the body!” Rosado's corner yelled. Gabe danced, and almost landed a right cross. The round was all Lemieux. In the seventh, we heard, “Let it go, Gabe,” from the Rosado corner. Lem fought smart, not crazed. A sharp right landed on Rosado, caught in a corner. In the eighth, the left eye looked horrid on Gabe. Lem stalked, kinda politely. Canadian style stalking, is how Ring's Doug Fischer put it, sagely.

In the ninth, Lem stalked, Rosado landed a right upper, tried to attack. Lefts to the body thudded on Rosado, though. A counter left hook sent Gabe reeling after he got offensive, after throwing two low blows away from the ref's eyeline.

In the tenth, a right scored on Gabe. He backed into corners, ate lefts to the body. A left jab buzzed Gabe. The doc hopped up to call for a halt, and the ref grabbed Gabe. Game over for a proud pugilist who simply, of so frustratingly to the man, can't get over that proverbial hump when in with boxers just a bit more skilled or fated to rise than he. Know what he deserves, I dare say. A winnable fight in Philly. He's earned that, for sure.

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-brownsugar :

I had to listen to the fight from my makeshift home office in the extra bedroom while struggling to keep my production numbers up as I toiled away on my day job. The cacophony of excited announcers, the exuberent crowd and landed blows tempted me to abandon my post frequently during the night. Finally i was able to see the tape after midnight.....the wait was worth it .. Each fight was better than the last...with Lemieux vs Rosado serving up the climatic battle of the evening. Another tough break for Lundy who seems to relegated to his post as gatekeeper... Always knocking on the door but never getting past the coat-check room. Dulermo may have technically earned enough points to be awarded the win...but he fought like the loser for second half of the fight. Lemieux vs Rosado was harder to pick than Lundy vs Dulereme. To be honest I was stuck so I didn't make a pick. When I think of Lemieux I think robotic, mechanical. But he took 7 fights to hone his craft after getting tutored in the art of the sweet science by Rubio. Apparently, Lemieux's added a few more tools to his inventory since the Rubio fight. While Rosado has picked up a liability. A propensity to incur cuts. I thought Rosado should have given Lemieux more credit after the fight. There was a distinct reason why Rosado was seeing Lemieux in triplicate. Good night of fights ...can't wait till next week.


-Skibbz :

Made me chuckle Brown, that distinct reason was the reason why he couldn't recall the beating he took. Rosado has always been a game fighter even against the heaviest hitters but it's not enough at this level. He's a gatekeeper at best in my opinion, but he sells tickets and has fans so they still bring him forward to get beaten up. I think we should give Lemiuex what he wants, a date with Golovkin after he deals with Murray. At least there are those who want to fight Gennady and are calling him out. 160 hasn't been cleared out just yet!


-Froggy :

I thought Lemieux would stop him a little earlier ! Lets see how he does against Murray before thinking too much about Golovkin, that might be a good fight while it lasts but GGG is too much for anybody, I think !


-Pazuzu :

Fun fight. I'll keep watching Rosado. He's a fine gatekeeper for the contender ranks. I can't think of a fight of his that has been exciting and filled with action. He hasn't won in a while, but he's game and takes on the best. His punching power is suspect, though. And while he's at it, he should get a tattoo over his left eye that reads, "PUNCH HERE." Lemieux is a young, technically skilled fighter with stones in both gloves. As yes, BS, Rosado should have given him more credit. Let's give him GGG later this spring. He doesn't even need to win, just show up and make a good match. He could have a bright future ahead of him.


-teaser :

Lemieux and GGG ?..that would be a great 2 or 3 round fight ..GGG can be hit and would take a couple before lowing the boom


-oubobcat :

That was a good fight. Lemieux showed a little more control than in the past and didn't go as all out as he had in some prior fights. And that certainly helped with keeping his endurance solid for the late rounds. And what heart Rosado showed. He never stopped trying to win despite being battered with his eye swollen shut. Rosado's only 28 but has fought a brutal schedule the last few years. A nice break should be in store followed by some easier fights to get him going again. As for Golovkin-Lemieux, that's certainly where we could be headed. HBO needs opponents for GGG and one of the reasons they put Lemieux on was to build him up as a future foe. If Golovkin is successful in February, Lemieux could very well be next.


-Uriel Zinn :

Lemieux is a brawler. He is young and he may get better improving his jab, his skills and not miss so much but he wil always be a brawler, just like Maidana.


-brownsugar :

Made me chuckle Brown, that distinct reason was the reason why he couldn't recall the beating he took. Rosado has always been a game fighter even against the heaviest hitters but it's not enough at this level. He's a gatekeeper at best in my opinion, but he sells tickets and has fans so they still bring him forward to get beaten up. I think we should give Lemiuex what he wants, a date with Golovkin after he deals with Murray. At least there are those who want to fight Gennady and are calling him out. 160 hasn't been cleared out just yet!
Yep... Rosado does bring the heat. Lemieux just had bigger guns. But hold on fella's I don't in anyway believe that Lemieux is afraid of GGG or plans to avoid anyone but it was Max Kellerman who tried to put Golovkin on Lemieux's agenda Lemieux was quick to name a few alternatives. (Quillin and Cotto) Lemieux's team should get him Lee, Quillin, Jacobs, a rematch with Rubio, ....anybody else but Golovkin.for his next fight. That would be as suicidal as Bryant Jennings proposed title bout with Klitschko.


-The Commish :

Yep... Rosado does bring the heat. Lemieux just had bigger guns. But hold on fella's I don't in anyway believe that Lemieux is afraid of GGG or plans to avoid anyone but it was Max Kellerman who tried to put Golovkin on Lemieux's agenda Lemieux was quick to name a few alternatives. (Quillin and Cotto) Lemieux's team should get him Lee, Quillin, Jacobs, a rematch with Rubio, ....anybody else but Golovkin.for his next fight. That would be as suicidal as Bryant Jennings proposed title bout with Klitschko.
Fine advice. Lemieux doesn't want to be stepping into the ring against GGG, at least right now. He is sellable and exciting. Whynruinna good thing right now! Bring on any middleweight whose name isn't Gennady Golovkin. -Randy G.


-oubobcat :

Fine advice. Lemieux doesn't want to be stepping into the ring against GGG, at least right now. He is sellable and exciting. Whynruinna good thing right now! Bring on any middleweight whose name isn't Gennady Golovkin. -Randy G.
I think though HBO will make it well worth Lemiuex's while financially to step in the ring with Golovkin. Golovkin does not have a lot of available opponents and the big fights for him for one reason or another at not available for the first part of 2015. HBO needs someone they can sell to the public as does Golovkin's team and Lemiuex fits all that criteria. He's exciting, has a glossy record and is a fight that would interest the boxing public. Remember too Lemiuex has been KO'd before and lost to a faded Alcine. And his style leads him to be a high risk high reward type fighter. Yes he is exciting but part of what makes him exciting is that too he is easy to hit. His team may not want to risk losing a Golovkin payday, probably in excess of 500k, for a smaller fight with a defensively challenged fighter who has been KO'd before. The only possibilities I see for the GGG fight not happening next for Lemiuex are if GGG somehow loses to Murray or if the Canelo-Cotto negotiations hit a snag.


-DaveB :

I have to tip my hat to Rosado. If that man never wins again I have to respect him because he leaves it all out there. Lemieux/Golovkin has four to six rounder written all over it but it would be exciting anticipating it and exciting while it lasts. Let's just hope Lemieux doesn't jump ship and head over to Showtime. That couldn't happen could it? Anyway Rosado will always have a fan base but I do worry about him taking so much punishment. There is life after boxing he should know.


-brownsugar :

I think Rosado would be a great announcer...well spoken and sure of himself.


-amayseng :

What a fun and exciting fight. And we didnt have to pay 80$ to watch Floyd pot shot and hold to a boring uneventful decision. I would rather watch these two or Pac any day.


-Shoulder Roll Defense :

David has a puncher's chance against most middlweights, but he won't ever be ready for GGG. GGG has a granite chin and too many subtle skills for all comers currently in the division. I am not going to even mention that he hits like a heavyweight because everyone knows that. Lemieux would have zero chance of winning that matchup outside of a freak accident/injury that might occur. Lemieux's handlers should target Danny Jacobs. Danny has the better skills and size advantage, but has a weak chin. That would be a 50/50 fight in my opinion.


-Carmine Cas :

I'm disappointed that Rosado lost, he's throwback fighter is always game. You have to respect his willingness to fight all comers and the heart he has. IMO Lemieux is too hittable to survive against GGG. Rosado backed him a few times last night, imagine what Golovkin could. I see Hagler-Hearns written all over that match up.


-Froggy :

I'm disappointed that Rosado lost, he's throwback fighter is always game. You have to respect his willingness to fight all comers and the heart he has. IMO Lemieux is too hittable to survive against GGG. Rosado backed him a few times last night, imagine what Golovkin could. I see Hagler-Hearns written all over that match up.
If that would be Hagler Hearns they better make the damn fight ! I would be surprised but I think it could be a great short fight !


-MCM :

Hell of a 4th round. Had us all standing at the Barclays after an hour plus of boos and cat calls. I arrived at the arena at the start of the main undercard and man oh man the crowd was sour. Everybody was slouched in their seats, bored, making cynical comments. The only positive comments coming from the crowd were about the price of the seats, the cheapest tix in town. But Lemieux-Rosado delivered, and made this heart at least thump as I cheered and threw uppercuts in the air like an idiot. Praise be. But these Golden Boy undercards have been the pits. Undercards should pump a crowd up in anticipation of the main event. Lately, all the undercards do is deflate and make fans think about leaving --with the prelims on Kovalev-Hopkins worthy of the lowest ignominy. Is this what happens when top guns fight only twice a year? every decent fight is a main event, leaving nothing the earlier bouts? Nah --Golden Boy has to get its act together on this score. But hey, overall it was a good night --especially for the price! Lemieux is an exciting middleweight and I'd pay to watch him again. Did seem like when Rosado connected, he was able to stop him from throwing, and that doesn't bode well for bouts against a true heavy-hitter like GGG -- Lemieux has an ultra aggressive straight-ahead style, by no means impossible to hit despite keeping his hands high and tight. He's from the ol' 'the best defense is a good offense' school, and he does make you fear his power early --never paws or probes --every punch is intended to hurt --but against the very best, a good offense is just a good offense, and you need to move your doggone head.