This Saturday night, Gabriel Rosado (21-8) challenged David Lemieux (32-2) for the NABF middleweight title at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Early on in the fight it appeared Rosado would outclass Lemieux but as the leather began to fly and Lemieux started to the land, the story quickly began to change.
In round three Rosado would hit the canvas after getting caught by a crushing left uppercut. If that wasn’t enough of a problem for Rosado, his left eye started to close as a result. Rosado was able to hurt Lemieux but really wasn’t a huge threat. Lemieux mixed it up well as he landed big body shots taking advantage of Rosado standing straight up at times. The end would come in the 10th round as Lemieux trapped Rosado in a corner and began to put the bats on him. A ring doctor stood on the apron and stopped the fight.
After the fight Lemieux stated he is ready for anybody. However, he specifically mentioned Gennady Golovkin, Peter Quillin and Miguel Cotto. Personally, I think it’s a little early to call out those kinds of names. His handlers need to move him up again and test him out against a guy with some pop.
Although he isn’t really a power puncher, Rosado was still able to hurt Lemieux. Lemieux’s handlers should take a slower step first; maybe rematch Marco Antonio Rubio and go from there.
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