North Philly fighter Gabriel Rosado considers next move after loss

Posted: January 21, 2013

NEW YORK - A pair of brown-tinted sunglasses concealed Gabriel Rosado's bludgeoned left eye, an injury that cut short the gritty North Philadelphian's bid for a world championship.

Gennady Golovkin, the WBA and IBO middleweight champion, opened two cuts near Rosado's eye early in Saturday's fight at Madison Square Garden and continued to target the wound until Billy Briscoe, Rosado's trainer, threw in the towel during the seventh round to end the fight on a technical knockout.

"Billy is going to look out for my best interests," Rosado said as he dabbed a bloodied white cloth underneath the sunglasses. "He knew I couldn't see. I was going to the corner and telling him I couldn't see, but I didn't want to stop the fight."

The 27-year-old moved up from light middleweight and gained six pounds to fight Golovkin (25-0, 22 KOs). Rosado (21-6, 13 KOs) said he is not yet ready to commit to a weight class and will take his time with that decision.

Rosado was a mandatory challenger for IBF light-middleweight champion Cornelius Bundrage but vacated that bout to meet Golovkin. Promoter Russell Peltz said Rosado may still get that shot at Bundrage but would have to win a fight before doing so.

"It makes sense for him to move back down," Peltz said. "He took a shot, he didn't embarrass himself, he fought with a lot of heart. Maybe if he didn't get cut so early, it's a different fight."

Jennings eyes Klitschko. North Philadelphia heavyweight Bryant Jennings is in the mix for an April 6 bout with world heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko, according to Peltz.

Peltz said he would advise Jennings to wait a year for that fight.

"And [Jennings'] answer is 'Klitschko might not be around in a year.' He wants to prove himself against the best," Peltz said. "He doesn't want to fight Joe Blow for the title."


Contact Matt Breen at mbreen@phillynews.com. Follow on Twitter @matt_breen.

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