Friday, May 3, 2013
Love takes next step in Rosado bout
By Kieran Mulvaney
LAS VEGAS -- Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Robert Guerrero, naturally enough, steal the headlines. And the hard-core fans are salivating at the thought of Abner Mares tangling with Daniel Ponce De Leon. But Saturday’s card at the MGM Grand also includes an intriguing middleweight battle between J'Leon Love and Gabriel Rosado.
Love, one of the higher-profile up-and-coming members of The Money Team -- Mayweather's promotional outfit -- has plenty of talent. But he hasn't yet been truly tested or faced top opposition. In his most recent outing, notable for the fact that Mayweather also served as his cornerman, Love endured some torrid times against tough-as-teak Derrick Findley.
He will take a major step up in class on Saturday when he squares off against Rosado, who turned down the opportunity to headline an ESPN2 card against Delvin Rodriguez to stay at middleweight and take on Love. Rosado, who has fought most of his career at 154 pounds, most recently moved up to 160 in a valiant but losing effort against Gennady Golovkin.