Earlier this week, it was officially announced that David Lemieux (32-2, 30 KOs) will be defending his NABF Middleweight title against Gabriel Rosado (21-8, 13 KOs) at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
Lemieux, who is coming off a dominant third-round knockout victory of former title challenger Fernando Guerrero, will make a case for his position as a top-ten Middleweight contender.
“I can’t wait for the fight. Gabriel Rosado is a great fighter. He comes to fight and he’s a very tough opponent,” said Lemieux at a press conference this past Thursday.
Lemieux will also attempt to convince fans that he is not the same Lemieux who was stopped by Marco Antonio Rubio just a few years ago.
“We’ve had some miscalculations and setbacks, but we’re back on track and we’re here to stay on top of the pyramid,” said Lemieux.
Rosado, who is one of the only guys to give Gennady Golovkin a few rounds, is eager to regain his position as a Middleweight contender after having his boxing career reinvigorated by his new trainer Jessie Reid.
“Jesse Reid has brought new life to boxing for me. A lot of the fights that I study are old fights so I knew about Jesse. One day I needed Jesse to wrap my hands and I realized this was the guy for me,” said Rosado.
The bout looks to be a veritable bloodbath not only because Rosado is cut easily, but also because he has the chin and skill to take Lemieux to the 12th round–a round Lemieux has only seen once and which was his second loss.
A dominant win over Rosado will make his case, while a loss will be another devastating setback to his career.
Either way, we’re looking at a great fight.
The HBO triple-header, which is being promoted by Golden Boy Promotions, will also feature a Light Middleweight fight between Hugo Centeno Jr. and James De la Rosa, who recently scored a unanimous decision over Alfredo Angulo in September.
The card will begin with a Light Welterweight fight between Thomas Dulorme and Hank Lundy.
Let us know who you think will win on December 6. Will Rosado stop Lemieux’s chance at a world title? Or will Lemieux finally get a world title shot?