Split-decision loss still stings Rosado

J'Leon Love lands a left to the body of Philly's Gabriel Rosado in their middleweight title fight in Las Vegas on Saturday. Love got the decision.
J'Leon Love lands a left to the body of Philly's Gabriel Rosado in their middleweight title fight in Las Vegas on Saturday. Love got the decision. (RICK BOWMER / Associated Press)
Posted: May 08, 2013

Middleweight Gabriel Rosado spent an extra day in Las Vegas before flying back to Philadelphia on Monday afternoon.

He grabbed a cheesesteak on Monday night and remained busy Tuesday morning making sure his dog, Max, stayed on the porch.

But home has failed to lessen the sting of Rosado's controversial split-decision loss on Saturday to J'Leon Love on the Floyd Mayweather-Robert Guerrero undercard.

The 27-year-old Rosado (21-7) felt he dominated Love, took away his jab, and allowed his opponent to have just one strong round.

Rosado's right hand was especially active in the second half of the 10-round fight. A right in the sixth sent Love to the mat for the first time in his career.

The MGM Grand crowd booed as two of three Nevada judges ruled the fight in Love's favor, 97-92 and 95-94. The other judge had Rosado winning, 95-94. The 25-year-old Love (16-0) trains out of Las Vegas and is a protégé of Mayweather.

"Good thing this fight was on a stage like this and the world saw it," Rosado said. "If this would have happened in the Blue Horizon, nobody would have believed me."

Bernard Hopkins hopped into the ring after the bell and congratulated Rosado.

"Everyone thought I won the fight," Rosado said. "I think even Love did."

Rosado will take a few weeks off before deciding his future. He is considering a return to 154 pounds after a pair of tough middleweight losses. Rosado won three times at light middleweight in 2012 and said he feels "more dominant" at 154.

"I want to stay active," he said. "Fight the best fight that presents itself. Hopefully, it's a world title shot."


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

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