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BROOKLYN, NY — Gabe Rosado gave another heroic performance last night, but again suffered the heartbreak of not securing a signature win. Canad’s David Lemieux, showing patience along with his usual frightening power, battered Rosado for most of the of the fight before a ringside doctor stopped the carnage in round 10.
It was a main event that had brutality, drama and quite possibly a lock for Round of the Year.
ONE PUNCH CHANGES DYNAMICS: The opening two rounds were very even with each combatant getting solid work done. Lemieux started the fight with a couple of sweeping right hands upstairs, and then concentrated his offense to the body. Rosado countered by using his jab to keep Lemieux at mid-range and in line for overhand rights.
The competitive nature was derailed when a sledge-hammer left hook badly hurt Rosado and forced him to take a knee. The situation was exacerbated by the fact the punch landed on the scar tissue above Rosado’s left eye. The area began to swell and close immediately. Lemieux pounced and nearly ended matters in that third stanza.
ROUND OF THE YEAR CANDIDATE: Gabe Rosado showed his warrior pedigree in the fourth by holding off Lemieux with guard splitting uppercuts and right hands. Rosado’s energy surprised Lemieux, and the Canadian slugger was forced to hold at several points. The crowd went crazy and chants of “Rosado! Rosado! Rosado!” could be heard as Gabe yelled his defiance at Lemieux when the bell sounded.
THE END BEGINS: David Lemieux’s stamina has rightly been in question since his first defeat to Marco Antonio Rubio several years back. The improvement last night was noticeable in Lemieux pacing himself. When it became apparent in the fifth and sixth rounds that Rosado would not be caught by haymaker hooks, Lemieux went back to abusing the body, which sapped Rosado’s counter-punching strength.
Rosado would deliver one more furious rally in the ninth, where he had Lemieux pinned on the ropes and seemingly in a bit of trouble. That work was erased by a brutal left hook that had Rosado stumbling at the bell.
From there, it was just a matter of time. The ringside doctor had started checking Rosado regularly since the third round knockdown, but it would be another ringside doctor that stopped what had become a one-sided beating in the tenth round.[youtube http://youtu.be/kXelahgT1N4]
THE CROSSROADS: The fortunes of Lemiuex and Rosado will now take drastically different directions.
Rosado has now failed to get a win in a boxing ring since 2012. More troublesome is the deteriorated status of his left eye scar tissue. It’s a glaring target and makes it near impossible for Rosado to have a decent chance at the elite level. And when you add on the massive beating the 28-year-old took Saturday night, the mileage may have succeeded in taking what’s left of his prime athletic years.
“He’s a good fighter. In the second round he punched me in my eye and after it puffed up I couldn’t see anything. I kept seeing three of him. It’s just my luck,” explained Rosado. “I know I should have started the fight better, if I had taken control earlier I know it would have been different. But I know he’s a good fighter and I take nothing away from him.”
The next time Rosado is in a boxing ring, it needs to be a soft touch. A very soft one. He’s earned it in spades.
As for Lemieux, his USA debut couldn’t have gone better. It was an action-packed main event, and he had to withstand some adversity and go into the championship rounds. He had previously never scored a knockout past the seventh round.
“I responded to the test well, my preparation has been a lot different.,” said Lemieux. “I know he wanted to take me into deep waters but we have been practicing on explosiveness from the first part of the fight all the way to the end.
“I wanted to show everyone what I could do. He was better than I thought but I thought we had a great fight and I hope everyone enjoyed it. I feel like I’m as good as anybody in the division and I’m willing to fight anybody. I want to win a world title.”
Lemieux went into last night’s bout ranked in the Top 5 of the WBC (#2) and the IBF (#5). Miguel Cotto holds the WBC strap and Jermain Taylor the IBF. Cotto is deep in negotiations with Canelo so that option is out. If Taylor doesn’t end up in jail, Lemieux is probably is behind Peter Quillin and Daniel Jacobs as potential foes. That leaves an obvious choice of WBA title-holder Gennady Golovkin, who defends his version of the middleweight crown in February against Martin Murray.
GGG-Lemieux would be a nice (and quick) shootout, but I’m sure Lemieux’s handlers are aware the likelihood of their man becoming the first Canadian Good Boy are high. Therefore, they may decide to squeeze in another fight and hold off A GGG clash until the summer. If that’s the case, a Barclays matchup against Brooklyn slugger Curtis Stevens, or a riskier fight against the man who recently beat Stevens in Hassan N’Dam, would be viable options.
HUGO CENTENO JR. TKO5 JAMES DE LA ROSA: Hugo Centeno Jr. (22-0, 12 KOs) kept his undefeated record intact by walking De La Rosa into a counter left cross to score a crushing fifth round KO. Centeno had been controlling the action with his longer reach and more accurate punching. However, De La Rosa had just started going for broke and increasing his pressure when he was obliterated by that left.
“The fight just didn’t go my way. I got caught by a great punch, but I’ll be back,” said De La Rosa.
Centeno revealed that he had spent considerable time in camp working on his southpaw offense.
“My timing was perfect. I’ve been practicing, we’ve been practicing turning into the southpaw stance and on my left hand,” said Centeno Jr. “It worked perfectly. It landed beautifully. I had used it once before and I hadn’t hurt anybody with it but tonight I did. The one punch knockout is a great feeling.”[youtube http://youtu.be/VDTTBAIITOI]
DULORME HANGS ON AGAINST LUNDY: A first round knockdown and some track shoes enabled Thomas Dulorme to survive a Lundy second half rally and escape the Barclays Center with a split decision (97-92, 96-93, 93-96).
Dulorme, who went down to 140 after being KO’d by Carlos Abregu a few fights back, held considerable advantages in height and reach over Lundy. The latter resulted in the first round knockdown, which came off a chopping right that Lundy misjudged the distance on.
Lundy then spent the next few rounds on the outside and trying in vain to walk Dulorme into a big counter. Lundy’s trainer, Barry Hunter, flat-out told his man that he was wasting his opportunity. Lundy responded in the sixth by walking down Dulorme and cracking him with short hooks.
This set the tone for the remainder of the fight. Dulorme became gunshy and flat-out ran from Lundy in spots. While Lundy was on control for a lot of the second half, he tired in the eighth and ninth rounds, allowing Dulorme hang close and have a higher workrate. That mistake cost Lundy big on two scorecards.
“I overcame a knockdown and made it an ugly fight because I knew I had to,” Lundy recalled. “I thought I took the later rounds but had I stuck to my game plan in the early rounds I know I could have gotten him out of there.”
“It was harder than I thought. It was a very close fight and very tough fight,” said Dulorme. “He has a lot of experience and is a durable guy but I stuck to my game plan and did what I had to do to get the win. Now, I’m looking forward to a world title fight opportunity.”
Dulorme is ranked in the Top 5 of all the sanctioning bodies: WBC (#4), WBA (#2), IBF (#4) and the WBO (#5). Danny Garcia holds the WBC and WBA, Lamont Peterson the IBF, and the WBO is now vacant with Chris Algieri being stripped. If I’m Garcia or Peterson, I literally run to sign a contract against Dulorme. Easy work for either guy.[youtube http://youtu.be/Uy2ssFehbwI]
Eddie “E-Boy” Gomez (17-1, 10 KOs) won a unanimous decision over James Winchester (16-11, 6 KOs). Scores were 100-88 across the board with Gomez scoring a first round knockdown.
Zachary “Zungry” Ochoa (9-0, 4 KOs) took a unanimous decision over Jose Miguel Castro (4-2, 2 KOs) via three scores of 60-52. Ochoa scored knockdowns in the first two rounds.
Per Golden Boy PR:
Further non-televised action saw a trio of young prospects keep their perfect records intact as Puerto Rico’s John Karl Sosa (12-0, 6 KOs) defeated Jason Thompson (5-9-4, 4 KOs) by unanimous decision with scores of 80-72 and 79-73 twice.
Washington, D.C. prospect D’Mitrius Ballard (8-0, 7 KOs) scored a second-round knockout over Tylon Burris (4-3, 2 KOs) and in the evening’s opening bout fellow D.C. prospectLamont Roach Jr. (5-0, 2 KOs) earned a unanimous decision over Alexander Charneco (2-1, 2 KOs) by the scores of 40-34 and 40-35 twice.