Promoter Russell Peltz thought that negotiating a catch weight for his fighter, world ranked junior middleweight contender Gabriel Rosado was a good idea. The agreed upon weight was 158 pounds - two below the middleweight limit of 160.
Rosado’s opponent, WBA and IBO middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (24-0, 21 KOs) agreed without complaint. Everyone was happy - or so it seemed. The bout was set for Jan. 19 at The Madison Square Garden Theater in New York and would be televised by HBO.
There was a problem though.
The 26-year-old Rosado (21-5, 13 KOs) didn’t like the catch weight idea.
“Golovkin is the champion and out of respect to him and towards the sport of boxing we will fight at the middleweight limit of 160 pounds, “ said Rosado who emerged as a top rated contender in 2012. “When I beat him, I don’t want any excuses about the extra two pounds he had to lose. I will beat him at his best, fair and square.
“I'm happy Russell is looking out for my best interests, but we're fighting at 160,” Rosado added.
Yesterday, it was announced that the catch weight was off. Rosado and Golvkin will battle at the middleweight limit of 160 pounds.
Rosado, born in bred in Philadelphia, is a student of boxing history.
“The old-timers didn't need any catchweights; they were real men,” Rosado said. “Middleweight champions fight at 160, and that's what I want."
Rosado has emerged victorious in his last seven fights with five of the wins coming by stoppage.
The 30-year-old-Golovkin shocked many observers with a brutal fifth-round stoppage of Grzegorz Proksa last September. Much heralded, but rarely seen in America, Golovkin’s power edge was prevalent. He walked right through Proksa’s punches like a man taking an evening stroll. Golovkin captured the WBA belt in 2010 when he knocked out Nelson Julio Tapio.
The main event on Jan. 19 is an interesting clash between featherweight champion Orlando Salido (39-11-2, 27 KOs) and top-ranked “Mikey” Garcia (30-0, 26 KOs). The live broadcast will also feature junior lightweight titlist Roman Martinez (26-1-1, 16 KOs) making his first defense against Juan Carlos Burgos (30-1, 20 KOs).