Gabriel Rosado Interview: “I Want Wreak Havoc and take titles in the 154-Pound Division!”

Gabriel Rosado Interview: “I Want Wreak Havoc and take titles in the 154-Pound Division!”
By "Big Dog" Benny Henderson Jr., Doghouse Boxing (Aug 13, 2012) Doghouse Boxing (Photo ©

Gabriel Rosado
Junior middleweights contender, Gabriel Rosado 20-5 (12), will face the “Killa” Charles Whittaker 38-12-2 (23) in a world title elimination bout on September 21st, 2012, at the Sands Casino Resort in Bethlehem, Pa., be televised live on Main Events' "Fight Night" card (NBC Sports Net). The victor will be awarded the chance to take a shot at the 154-pound IBF title holder Cornelius "K9" Bundrage.

All though the Cayman Islands born boxer, Whitaker, has been on a fourteen fight victory run, the Philly born Rosado, has pounded out six consecutive wins, with four coming by the way of knock out. And the twenty-six year old Rosada, who goes by the nick name “King”, wants to use Whitaker as a stepping stone for his march of madness of his respected division.

In this exclusive interview conducted by Doghouse Boxing, Rosada, speaks out on his upcoming match-up, his 360 degree turn around in the fight game, the 154-pound division, and more, enjoy.

Benny Henderson Jr.: The news is out, you will be battling Charles Whittaker, September 21st. The winner will get a crack at the IBF title holder, K9 Bundrage. Your thoughts on your upcoming match-up?

Gabriel Rosado:
It will be a crowd pleasing fight. My goal is to make sure a guy like Whitaker is not on my level. He is a veteran, he comes to fight and so do I.

BH: All though Whitaker has twelve losses on his record, he hasn’t lost a bout since 2004. What are going to be your keys to victory to hand Whitaker his first loss in eight years?

Whitaker is pretty much standing in front of my goal of getting a world title. I feel that we will see the best Charles Whitaker but I feel that I can dominate him. He is tall, he is long, and he is a big 154 pounder. He has 14 wins in a row, but I am not judging him by his record. I am not sleeping on him at all. It is do or die for him. My speed advantage, my strength and my boxing IQ will be the keys to my victory. And my youth too.

BH: There for a while in your career, you were going back and forth within the winning and losing column, now here you are a top 154-pound fighter on the cusp of a world title. How did you turn it all around?

I think it was a matter of experience. Experience was my best teacher. Going through tough fights early in my career helped me turn it all around. At this point I am seasoned and I know what it takes to win. The goal I set myself the last time I took a L was to always train hard and never sleep on an opponent and do whatever it takes to win.

BH: If victorious you will be taking on K9 Bundrage, a scrappy guy with a good punch. How would you approach that fight?

I just want to stay focused on Whitaker. I don’t look past any opposition. After Whitaker, then we can talk about K9.

BH: We all know the 154-pound division is stacked with talents such as, Mayweather, Cotto, Trout, Alvarez, Bundrage, Lara, and so on. but let’s forget the titles, and such. Where do you see Gabriel Rosada amongst the mix of competition?

I feel like I deserve and belong in that list with the elite. Especially with my last two wins. I beat world class fighters.

BH: Looking at yourself, what do you see being the top three greatest qualities you have as a fighter?

GR: My mental strength, my boxing IQ, and my ability to adjust. Being that I’m very athletic. I do things that might not be textbook, but I can get away with it.

BH: Any message you would like to send out to your upcoming opponent, as well as the entire 154-pound division?

With Whitaker, hopefully he is training hard so it will be a crowd pleasing fight and it can last at least 6 rounds. To the entire 154 division, my whole mentality is to wreak havoc and take titles. I’m coming for yall.

BH: Your closing thoughts?

I want everyone to tune in Sept 21st to NBC Sports. It’s going to be a good show. Also, I want to thank all the fans for their support. Without fans, fighters are nothing.

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