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."