On The Beak – Admin
Powerful junior middleweight contender Gabriel Rosado says he should be the one to fight Saul Alvarez in September: “Let Canelo step up to the plate and fight a real man,” Rosado said after his impressive ninth-round knockout over world-ranked Sechew Powell on Friday night at the Sands Casino Resort, Bethlehem. Having witnessed both Paul Williams and James Kirkland withdraw due to injury, Canelo Alvarez has also been called out by Carlos Molina.
“They keep going over the same old names. Carlos Quintana? Please, give me a break. Carlos Molina? Get real! Those guys can’t hurt my sister. Maybe Canelo wants to play it safe.”
Rosado’s win over Powell should push Rosado to the top of the class at 154 pounds. It was Rosado’s sixth straight win, fourth by knockout, and improved his record to 20-5-0, 12ko.
Going into the fight, Rosado was ranked fifth by the IBF and ninth by the WBC. He should also pick up a WBO ranking now that he has won the vacant WBO Intercontinental junior middleweight belt: “A lot of guys talk tough, but don’t back it up,” Rosado added.
“I’ve fought tough guys every step of the way. My record may not be all that glittering to look at, but check out the guys I’ve fought. Name me another junior middleweight who came up the old-fashioned way like the old-timers did. Why should Canelo be afraid? He’s got one of those pretty records (40-0, 29ko). I should look like a piece of cake to him.
“If TV wants action, I’m their man. If they’re just looking for a pretty face with a pretty record, then they can choose one of those phony contenders. My day will come!”
Alvarez, the WBC champ at 154 pounds, was signed to defend against Paul Williams on September 15 in Las Vegas before Williams was severely injured in a motorcycle accident last weekend in Georgia. James Kirkland was the first choice to replace Williams, but that matchup fell apart.
“Stop playing around!” Rosado added. “I’m ready and I’m willing. Too many promoters play it safe with their fighters and want to keep everything in-house. That way they keep control, regardless of who wins. Let’s break that mold and make a real fight fans’ fight!”
Rosado is not the only pugilist gunning for Alvarez as, now that James Kirkland is injured and unable to face WBC junior middleweight champion Saul Alvarez at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, the world’s uncrowned number one junior middleweight contender, Carlos Molina, would like the fight.
“Hell yeah I want that fight!” said Molina (19-5-2, 6ko) from his home in Chicago. “Every time I fight somebody, it seems like they get to fight Canelo after that. Kirkland was the second time it was going to happen. First time was with Kermit Cintron, whom I beat. Now they’re talking about giving the fight to Erislandy Lara that I had a controversial draw with… what can I do?”
Molina says he’s ready, willing and able to step in, should anyone on Team Canelo come up with the novel idea of fighting the rightful number one contender.
“I’m in the gym training. I’m ready for anyone, Canelo, anybody. I want to fight anybody in the top ten. I want hard fights, the toughest guys out there. This is the best division in boxing and that’s where I want to be.”
Molina says he would be up to his usual spoiler ways should he end up in a ring with Canelo: “I think he’s a good strong, young kid, but I see lots of openings to exploit on him. He’s good for a young guy, but how good? Let’s find out.”