By Ron Valderrama: Light middleweight Gabriel Rosado, (21-6-, 13 KOs), has arrived in Phoenix, Arizona to begin the last leg of his training camp for his upcoming bout with J’Leon Love (15-0, 8 KOs) at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. The bout takes place on the undercard of the Floyd Mayweather Jr vs Robert-Guerrero showdown on May 4.
The Phoenix training camp was arranged by Gabriel’s Marketing Manager, Michelle Rosado (no relation) who is also planning an open media workout with a tentative date of April 23 at the Central Boxing Gym in Phoenix.
Rosado began training at the Central Boxing Gym in Phoenix which has a rich history of boxing notables who have trained there. The Central Boxing Gym has long been a historic boxing landmark in Phoenix. This is the second time Rosado has trained here in the Valley and has built quite the fan base as fans flock to the gym hoping to catch a glimpse of him as he works out.
A focused and well poised Rosado has had some great workout sessions in the last week sparring with Isaiah McFadden, David Benavidez and Roberto Yong.
Having been a witness to both of Rosado’s Phoenix training camps, this writer has observed a bigger, stronger and speedier Rosado. His training and sparring sessions are intense and serious, but yet he still takes time to acknowledge the fans and media in attendance.
Like a fine wine, Rosado seems to get better with age. Despite his loss to Gennady Golovkin a few months ago, Rosado proved he is a beast in the ring by fighting with a cut over his eye that gave him a blind spot. Rosado continued fighting to the amazement of the crowd, showing he could take a punch. The fight was stopped in round-seven when longtime Trainer, Billy Briscoe was forced to throw in the towel to protect his fighter, a good move on Briscoe’s part. Up to the Gannady loss, Rosado had recent TKO wins over Jesus Soto Karass, Sechew Powell and Charles Whittaker.
The magic between Rosado and Briscoe is rare, the two have been together for many years and work well as a team. Without saying a word, Rosado and Briscoe communicate, knowing exactly what the other is thinking. This writer asked Rosado at Thursday’s workout how he had the strength to carry on in the Golovkin fight? Rosado replied "I will never quit, I’m not a quitter." He then climbed into the ring to spar with Roberto Yong, a pro fighter from Phoenix who gave Rosado a good workout. Rosado worked on his defensive skills mainly, cracking a few good shots on Yong from time-to-time.
All Photo-Ron Valderrama
April 8, 2013