Peter Quillin defends his middleweight title for the second time against the ever improving veteran Gabriel Rosado. The fight stands out to hardcore fans as the best matchup of Showtime Triple-header this Saturday night from Atlantic City, New Jersey. In the main even Bernard Hopkins attempts to add to his legend of longevity.
The unbeaten Quillin is on a mission to prove all of his doubters wrong with a great performance. Rosado, who claims he can’t get a legit fight at 154, travels north to 160 once again for a shot to win his first title.
They say the early bird gets the worm.
That old saying holds true majority of the time when it comes to successful professional boxing careers.
Most top notch or contender level fighters have an extensive amateur background that saw their introduction to the sport at a very young age.
These guys don’t have that, instead having to learn most of it on the job. Which is ok for the average person holding down a 9 to 5, but this type of on the job experience is very difficult to deal with both mentally and physically.
In a sport that handles losses like college football does to teams that slide down the rankings seeing their dream season disappear after just one loss, it can be hard to hold much hope.
As a prospect coming up one loss if the fighter hadn’t reached a near contender level or doesn’t have the proper backing can be devastating.
Being upset by a no name fighter will deflate any hype or momentum you thought you had going into the fight. One bad performance in the early stages on T.V. can leave a bad taste in the mouth of fans and networks that they may never get rid of.
Sure, you may get another opportunity down the line with the odds stacked against with short notice calls to face fighters who are backed by promoters or managers who are well connected making it next to impossible to get a fair shake.
The story of Gabriel Rosado is about a man that hasn’t giving up.
He had a rough start to his career loosing 5 times in first 16 fights.
He managed to beat one of the two unbeaten prospect he faced and things were looking much better for Gab, after losing two times very early to some run of the mill guys.
He then received a big opportunity from a network to face the once beaten heavy handed Alfredo “El Perro” Angulo. He failed miserably getting knocked out early and after a loss Derek Ennis his career had not only hit the brakes but was in reverse heading down a one way street.
Some fighters never even get past the “club” level and that’s we’re Gab stood after about 4 1/2 years in to his journey.
But lucky for Rosado his journey didn’t stop there.
He went back to the drawing board to rebuild or better stated build his career. He kept working and working on his craft learning in the hardnosed gyms of North Philly, fighting once more in 2010, three times in 2011, improving every time out enough to land three fights in 2012 on the NBC Sports Network.
Looking good against hardened veterans like Jesus Soto Karass and Sechew Powell he shot up the I.B.F rankings enough to be a mandatory for K9 Bundrage. He could have waited until K9 was ready to fight him in late spring of 2013.
But nothing comes easy for Gab and he showed once again the he is not worried about risk even at such an important stage of his career.
He chose that path less taken deciding to move up in weight for a shot at a world title in his fight last January versus the new “Boogie Man” Gennady Golovkin.
In a loss he won in the hearts and minds of hardcore’s across the world. He had showed improvement, toughness, and balls in a one sided beating that was out of his normal weight class and therefore very excusable.
He has been battered and bloodied, being such an underdog he has become somewhat of a people’s champ.
In May on the Mayweather vs. Guerrero PPV his profile got even bigger when he faced J’Leon Love once again losing, this time a very tight fight.
A fight that many thought he had done enough to win including a late knockdown landing the more powerful punches in the 2nd half of the fight. Later the outcome was changed to no decision because Love was caught with a diet pill in the test after the fight.
After two fights at 160 Gab was ready to go back to his more comfortable weight class seeking a title shot or big fight. He got his shot alright but it would be once again at middleweight for a title.
In to the frame we bring back “Kid Chocolate” Peter Quillin, who may have not had an extensive amateur career but with the skills he’s developed it’s hard to tell that he was introduced to the sweet science relatively late.
Quillin’s father was born and raised in Cuba. Peter was given the nickname of a former World Champion, Cuban Kid Chocolate due to their physical resemblance and Quillin’s Cuban heritage.
Being raised in Grand Rapids, Michigan he must have gotten some of that counter punching ability out of the residue in the water from a state that has produced by birth or trained some of the best fighters in the history of this storied sport of ours.
He moved the New York as young man picking up boxing eventually turning pro in the summer of 2005. He fought in and around New York getting good exposure while he honed in on his craft becoming a talented fighter who can box and punch, a trait that is a rarity in today’s boxing.
He collected win after win against some solid vets putting him in prime position to make a name for himself.
His big break however came with some baggage in the form of the once legendary fighter now aged and shelf worn, Winky Wright. He won the fight knocking down the former pound for pounder in a very easy win.
Many fans wanted to see him in the ring with a prime fighter or a name like Sergio Martinez. So in his biggest win to date at the time, scrutiny was tied to it and has lingered around him despite earning a very legit victory in his entertaining fight with than unbeaten 160 pound titleholder Hassan N’Dam.
Even if he comes out on top of Saturday’s showdown with Rosado it won’t be enough to please the boxingheads.
Quillin is in tough spot with all of the top middleweights fighting on HBO. Until there is some closure in the ongoing Cold War between HBO and Golden Boy it will be very interesting to see who they keep him occupied with.
Of course none of that matters if Gab pulls off the upset taking Peter’s strap in the process.
Enough of the back story let’s get down nitty gritty of who wins this fight and why.
Has Rosado changed all that much or was it the level of fighter that he faced on NBC Sports Network only there to prop him up?
I wouldn’t say Rosado has completely transformed his skills from club fighter status. He is more than just a brawler now improving his skill but also his gameplan from fight to fight or within the fight.
He has some ability now to move on the outside becoming much more patient in effort to figure out the best strategy for victory.
He has an active stiff jab that he uses to work his way in or to do some work outside. When he has an opponent on the ropes he digs to the body very well. He can take and give a good punch, showing a warriors heart not wanting to surrender with a face full of blood in his battle with Triple G’s.
Overall it seems the game has slowed down some for him, he can now combine his brains along with his balls to win fight.
Borrowing a line from Stuart Scott of ESPN, Quillin is a cool as the other side of the pillow when it comes to finding what works for him. He packs a punch yet shows the skill to counter punch using his opponent’s aggressiveness against him.
Most assume that Gab will be the one who leads in this style clash. I agree with that as well but wonder how aggressive he will be and how long will it take for this fight to heat up.
After all, Gab has worked so hard to conform into a smarter fighter it makes me think he may have issues trying to find that in between ground of smart pressure.
Once he finds it I fully expect him to trap Quillin on the ropes the way N’Dam found success. Side note Rosado will have a 1 inch reach , what really matters is Gab’s body settling in nicely now that it’s his third straight fight at 160.
In the middle of the ring or just on the outskirts of the pocket is where I think Quillin will position himself for the first half of the fight. Quillin should have the style to give Rosado fits on the way in.
Quillin has shown a tendency of backing into the ropes taking unnecessary punishment that could be his downfall with Rosado becoming more comfortable at the weight now.
Yet on those ropes Quillin has fired back with counter punches that have his opponents hitting the canvas on numerous occasions in the last 2 fights.
Not only will this be the best fight of the night for the card. I also will go out on a limb and say we will get ourselves a great fight possible top 10 fight of the year.
I see these styles blending very well with both fighters showing improvements in the last few fights yet still very vulnerable enough to swing momentum back and forth.
Gab has improved and showed he will be able to take the punches from Quillin if he stood up to Golovkin’s artillery.
I guess the flip side to that is Quillin delivers his power punch in more of a surprise fashion that GGG.
And that flip side to that is Gab just looked pretty good in the 2nd half of a fight that saw him in the ring with a guy that can move and box.
Rosado is in another win-win situation as long as he puts up a good fight.
While Quillin has much more pressure to perform on a high level because of course fans will be paying attention to how he does against Rosado and comparing it to how Gennady Golovkin did.
Both men are still in search of a true signature win to add to their growing resumes. Without deep amateur pedigree both fighters try to create a legacy in the pros. What we don’t want them to realize yet is that they have made if much further that most that are late to pick up boxing.
Overall I think Peter Quillin is the more skilled fighter. With that said Gab will do plenty of damage and win enough rounds to maybe even steal a scorecard.
My official prediction is a majority decision for “Kid Chocolate” Peter Quillin.
Written by Chris Carlson Owner and Host of Rope A Dope Radio at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/ropeadoperadio
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World class skill, heart, and grit will be on full display this Saturday night from the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada on HBO PPV. Many questions and queries from the boxing public will be answered when these pound for pound level fighters square off. Before we attempt to answer the final question of who will win enough battles to ultimately win the war, let’s take a look at what’s at stake and the doubts causing mass speculation leading into this matchup.
We might as well not beat around the bush, many fans and media members have placed a dark cloud of doubt that has followed the great Mexican Juan Manuel Marquez ever since he stepped on the scale for the third installment of a four fight series with Manny Pacquiao.
Marquez’s body, mainly his shoulders and arms, displayed growth and definition like never before. The last time above the lightweight division Marquez sported skin that wouldn’t be classified as saddle bags but surely his body looked bloated around 144 pounds.
To be fair the speculation started when, now known as Angel Hernandez, was spotted in the Marquez camp as the new strength and condition coach.
In this day and age of HGH and other performance enhancers combined with run of the mill near useless commission tests for boxing it’s very easy to assume a high percentage of fighters have or currently cheating.
Now add in the fact of Angel’s proven involvement in cheating for athlete’s, even the biggest Marquez supporters has a right to raise his or her eyebrow.
Don’t get me wrong, adding several new workouts to your regime in the late stage of a career or anytime for that matter, would improve or help the look of one’s physic if the person had never developed their muscles in a certain way.
The positive part of this most important topics for our sport may very well be that both fighters, after seemingly months of negotiation, have agree to let the Nevada State Commission run Olympic style tests during camp.
Obviously technology has a way of lapping itself at least we can get some closure with the random blood and urine tests. As a fan of the sport I can only hope that Juan Manuel Marquez passes all the tests and looks as good as he did the last few times he step on the scale.
For Bradley there are a few lingering questions, none more important than health, and considering the sport health is at the top of the list of worries in “Desert Storm’s” camp.
In what was a very revealing moment of a hype show for HBO called Face Off, Bradley openly admitted it was months before he felt normal after suffering through a brutal fistic war with Ruslan Provodnikov early this year.
He went on to say his speech and body functions were deeply affected from a concussion he had received early in that fight, getting hurt several times as the action ensued only made matters worse.
Sometime getting knockout early, cold or TKO can be a blessing in disguise thus allowing the body and mind to go into rest and recoup immediately after the injury. Taking a beating for those other 11 rounds can cause further injury.
Timothy Bradley may be healed and ready to return to an everyday life type of job, but his job puts his brain right back in the line of pain.
If buzzed again will he be able to respond this time? Certainly there will be some scary moments the first time he gets hit flush.
I know this scribe for one will be teetering back and forth from guilty, fear, and animalistic testosterone levels wanting to see a train wreck.
Let’s ask a few questions about this matchup that on paper could turn out to be a measured chess match.
These two guys meeting in and around the welterweight division has been debated in boxing forums and on podcasts right around the time Marquez was running out of names to fight at 135.
A slight majority of the fans leaned toward Bradley for 2 main reasons.
One reason was the way his body looked in the Mayweather fight at 144.
The other reasoning was his recent tendencies to touch the canvas or showing signs of age, seeming to top out at 130 after being hurt early, looking very vulnerable in his fights with Juan Diaz, Michael Katsidis, and to a lesser extent Joel Casamayor.
What style of fight can we expect? My guess is slow early rounds with one or two clean punches being the difference to steal a round.
Then, someone will find their rhythm possibly making an adjustment which will pick up the pace of the fight. Heavy artillery will be exchanged at some point it may only be in spots. I do see this fight being a see-saw battle with competitive rounds, however I don’t think it will be an all out war.
Maybe it’s just me trying to go in to this fight with low acceptations? I see what I like to call a skills competition otherwise known as a chess match, with neither fighter wanting to take the lead, instead attempting to counter a mistake that is made.
It’s doubtful that Bradley fights in the same style of his last fight. Many only remember his cool and more calculated form he has shown in the last few years.
Let’s not forget his raging, (fore) head first, balls to the walls style of of fighting that he entertained us with against Junior Witter and Kendall Holt. With plenty of pop, Timothy use to fight like a man that possessed one punch power and would try to wear his opponents down. It was like “bull rush” Bradley and that all changed after Lamont Peterson hurt him to the body, he took his game outside for the rest of the fight and has fought that way besides the Alexander fight, leading up to Provodnikov.
So which strategy should he use versus Juan Manuel Marquez you ask? That’s a great question.
I really like a blend of smart pressure for Timothy Bradley. The performance he delivered against Devon Alexander was one of his best. Using his jab and head (fill in joke) movement to cut off the ring and dig deep to the body.
Obviously one can be too aggressive when encountering a Juan Manuel Marquez, who is one of the best pure counter punchers and fighters in the game. A few rounds of the Jaun Diaz and Michael Katsidis fights offer up some strategic ideas for Bradley’s team as he creates the game plan.
Or Bradley may, which I have a feeling he will, do his work from the outside using his athletic ability and hand speed to turn Marquez into the hunter.
After the beating he took why wouldn’t Bradley just stick to his skill on the outside? Coming forward would be walking him directly into a booby trap set for him by the legendary Mexican.
Here is the catch, for all the brawling he did with Ruslan, it’s not like Bradley didn’t box on the outside. He won most of the rounds with the outside busy work. From time to time after the early round action, he would stand his ground in spots and get hurt or buzzed on numerous occasions. Maybe it was the zombie like state he was in from the head injury?
It’s no secret that Marquez is at his best when being hunted and has struggled some when having to play the role of the come forward fighter. Unless were talking about aggressive in the sense of the word finisher, because when there is blood in the water you can bet your bottom dollar that Marquez will attack.
I fully understand why Bradley would choose to stick and move. With that said I would also get it if Marquez decides to not be overly aggressive and decides to stay in his comfort mode.
They’re could be a moment when the crowd is hissing and booing from the slow as molasses pace that we could see in the fight. It will be interesting to see who will fold first when faced with choosing between entertaining the crowd (which will be pro Marquez) or securing the victory. Surely a moment that may be a key to this fight and I’m strangely looking forward to. Maybe will take the bait and it turns out to be a slow fight?
Both can box on the outside. Both have a solid chin and strong mental toughness. Bradley has faster hand and foot speed but doesn’t pack a punch like “Dinamita”.
I think Bradley for this fight should mix the outside and inside work behind his jab, head down, guard up, digging to the body. It’s when he gets stuck in the middle that Bradley shows some weakness that Marquez can exploit.
Timothy coming forward can get wide with his punches, at the same time leaving his self wide open on defense. If he mixes it up with a in and out attacks it could keep JMM guessing.
Marquez on the other hand thrives on the inside of the pocket with his poker face whiskers and an ability to set up his power shots with faints and timing. The moment you think you have this tough son of a bitch hurt is the moment we have all been waiting for because he has you right where he wants you.
This to me is yet another, in a long line of 50-50, pick’em type predictions for a fight that we as boxing fans have been lucky as hell to get with so much frequency in 2013.
I could totally see Bradley working his jab, staying busy enough with his right hand, and two punch combo’s from the outside, to win a decision. Winning a decision would put him right back in the ring if he so chooses, and Manny wins versus Rios, for the rematch with Pacquiao. Top Rank didn’t want that at first but with Marquez reluctantly deciding to pass on part 5 for now anyway, I guess the powers that be may want Bradley to win on the scorecard.
At some point this “Skillsfest” will have moments of rage and I don’t see the “Desert Storm” running and ducking for cover when the shit hits the fan. Those moments, even if just short portion in several rounds, could be enough to change the momentum of the fight and end up being the downfall for Bradley.
I feel that Marquez on the inside assuming he can get there, will be the more skilled fighter, able to land the cleaner more effective punches. Left hooks that appear to be jabs, short uppercuts, and right hands will begin to find their target.
But not after taking some time and punches from Bradley, to slowly but surely close the gap and fight at a distance that Marquez can dictate. That may mean a chorus of boos will come from the rafters at the Thomas & Mack Center until the action picks up.
I see Marquez trying to keep this in the middle of the ring at first, staying patient enough so Bradley backing up or moving too much would look like running. Marquez closes the gap and begins to land big shots. Bradley being ahead early to mid rounds, Marquez takes over, Bradley shows heart and the championship rounds are fought on the inside.
My official prediction is Juan Manuel Marquez by Decision or late TKO. I only say TKO or KO because of the possibility of Timothy Bradley still having some side effects or second guessing in this fight.
Written by Chris Carlson Owner and Host of Rope A Dope Radio at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/ropeadoperadio
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