Friday, October 26, 2012
Gabriel Rosado bails on Dec. 8 fight
By Dan Rafael
Remember how on Wednesday Main Events announced that junior middleweight contender Gabriel Rosado, who is the mandatory challenger for titleholder Cornelius “K9” Bundrage in a fight due by March, was going to take an interim fight to stay sharp?
“We know that an active fighter is a successful fighter,” Main Events matchmaker Jolene Mizzone said about Rosado’s decision to fight.
She added, “Rosado is the kind of fighter who says, ‘I’ll fight every week.’”
I gave Rosado (21-5, 13 KOs) a lot of credit for taking a fourth fight this year even with a title shot guaranteed early next year. And now I take it back after he went back on his word and bailed on a Dec. 8 fight against Elvin Ayala (26-5-1, 12 KOs), which was due to open a “Fight Night” card on NBC Sports Net in Rosado’s hometown of Philadelphia.
Main Events was definitely not happy about it because it looked really bad announcing one thing on Wednesday and then having to take it back on Thursday. Rosado just should not have agreed to the fight in the first place and it would have been no issue.
Nonetheless, Rosado said, "After talking things over with my trainer, Billy Briscoe, I have decided to pass on the Dec. 8 fight with Elvin Ayala and wait to see what ‘K9’ Bundrage's next move is concerning my chance to fight him for the IBF world title by next March."
Said Rosado's advisor, Russell Peltz, “It would have been nice having Gabby fight in Philly now that he's a much bigger star, but I understand where he's coming from and I support whatever decisions he makes."
I agree that Rosado’s decision is understandable, but it would have been a lot better had not wasted everybody’s time saying one on Wednesday and another on Thursday.