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Meet me at the crossroads: Gabriel Rosado vs. J’Leon Love

(Photo © Esther Lin / SHOWTIME)
(Photo © Esther Lin / SHOWTIME)

By John J. Raspanti, Doghouse Boxing

When last seen in the ring almost four months ago, Gabriel Rosado was a battered and bloody mess. Cuts around his left eye had rendered him virtually blind. His nose was disfigured and gushing blood.  

Rosado, who usually fights in the junior middleweight division, had moved up in weight to challenge reigning WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin. Rosado (21-6, 13 KOs ) was confident.

He figured he could outbox the slower Golovkin. Some opportunities come around only once in a lifetime.


Golovkin had other ideas. He punished Rosado for seven rounds until Rosado’s trainer, Billy Briscoe, threw in the towel. Rosado pleaded with his corner to let the fight continue.

His cuts fully healed, Rosado, 27, of Philadelphia, PA, returns to the big stage to face undefeated J’Leon Love (15-0, 8 KOs) on the undercard of the May 4 battle between Floyd Mayweather and Robert Guerrero at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.  

Many are predicting big things for Love, 25, of Dearborn , MI . His natural quickness and easy boxing skills have made him one of the hottest prospects in the sport. Last seen struggling with journeyman Derrick Findley - though he won handily on the scorecards - his performance received mixed reviews.

Whether he’s ready for a fighter of Rosado’s caliber is questionable.

Love is apparently very confident heading into the bout. 

“Supposedly he (Love) asked for this fight,” Rosado told John DiSanto of “So like they say, be careful what you wish for.”

The Love team (Mayweather Promotions) figures that Rosado, after the beatdown Golovkin administered, isn’t the same fighter. How a boxer performs after a difficult loss is hard to gauge.  

It’s easy to forget that Rosado is only 27-years old. His career has been a hodgepodge of difficult fights. He’s determined to show everyone that his memory is a short one. He recently spoke of wanting a rematch with Golovkin. 

Love has the looks and personality of a future superstar. What he doesn’t have is meaningful wins.

He can change that May 4.

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