News | Aug 20 2016

Gabriel Rosado plans to steal the show on Canelo-Smith card

'King' Gabriel Rosado and Willie Monroe Jnr. will face off in a crossroads fight on September 17
Gabriel Rosado
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THE always-durable “King” Gabriel Rosado (23-9, 13 KOs, 1 NC) returns to action as part of the Canelo Alvarez – Liam Smith card in Arlington, Texas, on September 17th.

Rosado is set to face Willie Monroe Jnr. (20-2, 6 KOs) in a middleweight bout that may determine a future opponent for Alvarez to act as a time-filler while the GGG-Canelo super-fight continues to marinate. That is, assuming the Mexican star can wrangle the WBO junior middleweight belt from Liam Smith next month.

Rosado and Monroe Jnr. are both best known for their contributions to Gennady Glolovkin’s rise to superstardom. They were each KO’d by the Kazakh in the 7th and 6th rounds respectively, with Monroe Jr. hitting the canvas thrice and Rosado getting ruthlessly clobbered until the corner was forced to throw in the towel in one of the bloodiest fights in recent years.