North Philly's Rosado irate that bout was stopped

ASSOCIATED PRESS Gabriel Rosado sports swollen left eye after loss to Peter Quillin.
ASSOCIATED PRESS Gabriel Rosado sports swollen left eye after loss to Peter Quillin.
Posted: October 29, 2013

ATLANTIC CITY - Gabriel Rosado said he was willing to "go through hell" in his effort to win the WBO middleweight championship.

As it turned out, referee Allen Huggins and ringside physician Blair Bergen wouldn't let Rosado even attempt to fight through a cut to his left eyelid.

In a decision that left the crowd at Boardwalk Hall howling and Rosado questioning the declining toughness in the sport, the fighter from North Philadelphia lost to champion Peter "Kid Chocolate" Quillin via a technical knockout when what looked like a close fight to many was stopped in the 10th round.

"I feel like boxing is soft nowadays," said Rosado, whose eye required 12 stitches after the fight. "I feel it needs to go back to the way it was in the [1980s].

"This fight would have never gotten stopped back in the day. There were great fights that would have never happened [if referees had stopped them early because of cuts].

"The referee and the doctor ruined what could have been a great finish. It was a competitive and close fight going into those later rounds. In a championship fight, it gets really going in those championship rounds [10 through 12]. I was feeling confident."

Despite suffering a flash knockdown in the second round, Rosado (21-7, 13 KOs) had pushed the undefeated champion in the middle rounds and had seemingly positioned the fight for a dramatic three-round finish.

Quillin (30-0, 22 KOs) didn't appear like he had many answers for Rosado until he opened the cut in the ninth round.

Rosado, who lost in a title fight to WBA champion Gennady Golovkin in January, was eager to test Quillin in the final nine minutes.

"This was a championship fight," Rosado said. "I'm a warrior. This was a competitive fight."

It turned out the judges didn't see the fight as competitive as everyone else in the arena. What most observed as even was being scored a rout.

At the time of the stoppage Quillin led 89-81, 87-83, 90-80. As baffling as it was, one judge gave Rosado no rounds and another gave him just one.

"Not even one round," Rosado said. "And the other judge only gave me one. That's ridiculous. Something has to change. Judges are ruining fighters' lives.

"If I would have knocked Peter down in each of the final three rounds, he still would have won the fight. That's crazy. I'm the type of fighter who lives and breathes boxing. I give my all, and I deserve a fair shot."