Philly's Gabriel Rosado knocked out in middleweight title bout

Posted: January 20, 2013

NEW YORK - With half of his face covered in blood, Gabriel Rosado retreated to his corner at Madison Square Garden on Saturday night and collapsed into his trainer's arms.

Just moments earlier his trainer, Billy Briscoe, launched a white towel into the center of the ring during the seventh round to signify the end of Rosado's bout against WBA and IBO middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin.

A cut above Rosado's eye was opened early in the fight and only worsened as the fight entered the later rounds. But the North Philadelphian soldiered on. At the time of Briscoe's decision, Rosado was exchanging open blows with Golovkin, who also had a bloodied face.

"The man couldn't see the punches," Briscoe said of his fighter. "I stopped the fight to save him from himself."

After a slow first round, Golovkin (25-0) pressed more in the second round and opened a cut above Rosado's left eye with a straight left that snuck through Rosado's gloves. But in the final 10 seconds

Rosado (21-6) answered back, meeting a charging Golovkin with a right.

Rosado's cut worsened in the third as Golovkin continued to target the left side of Rosado's face. With a bloodied face in the fourth round, Rosado could only defend so much of Golovkin's offerings.

Golovkin caught Rosado with a swift right at the 50-second mark and controlled much of the round.

In the fifth round, Rosado battled back and connected with a strong uppercut that created a large welt under Golovkin's left eye. By the end of the round, Rosado appeared confident as he jostled between punches. But Golovkin staggered him with a hook midway through the next round to stop his momentum.

For the second time in the fight, a doctor was called to Rosado's corner to examine the fighter's left eye. The blood had covered half of his face and stained his torso.

"I couldn't see the shots. The blood was going into my eye," Rosado said afterward.

The fight was only Golovkin's third against a U.S. opponent and second to take place in this country.

"Gabriel is a strong man. He was a great opponent," the champ said.

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