Philadelphia’s Gabriel Rosado will face Miami’s Charles Whittaker in the main event of in an IBF junior middleweight eliminator bout to be televised as part of Saturday’s fifth edition of NBC Sports’ Fight Night series from Sand Casino Resort in Bethlehem, Pa.
A 26-year-old fighter, Rosado (20-5, 12 knockouts) has won six straight bouts, four of them by knockout, and Whittaker (38-12-2, 23 KOs), who is 38, has a 14-fight winning streak that includes eight stoppages.
The winner of Rosado-Whittaker will become the mandatory challenger to IBF junior middleweight beltholder Cornelius Bundrage.
Also on the card is Lionel Thompson (12-1, 8 KOs), of Buffalo, N.Y., in a light heavyweight match up against Sergey Kovalev (18-0, 16 KOs). Kovalev, of Russia, knocked out Darnell Boone in the second round in June.
Another bout matches Ronald Cruz (17-0, 12 KOs), of Bethlehem, and Antwone Smith (21-4-1, 12 KOs), of Miami.
MIGUEL VAZQUEZ-MARVIN QUINTERO BATTLE ON OCT. 27
The last time Marvin Quintero suffered defeat was in November of 2010, when he was knocked out in the second round by Daniel Attah. Since then, however, the Mexican southpaw has scored five straight knockouts over as many consecutive victories.
The last time Quintero’s countryman, Miguel Vazquez, was in the ring was for a unanimous decision over Attah in June, which accounted for his 10th straight win during a run that includes three knockouts.
On Oct. 27, in an HBO-televised bout from Verona, N.Y., Vazquez (31-3, 13 knockouts) will defend his IBF lightweight belt against the hard-punching Quintero (25-3, 21 KOs) in a clash of 25-year-olds at the Turning Stone Casino.
Promoter Gary Shaw won Tuesday’s IBF purse bid with an offering of $50,000 for the right to promote the fight.
“I’m excited. It’s going to be a very good fight,” said Shaw. “Marvin Quintero is training and he’s working hard and he’s ready and looking forward to this fight.”
Quintero is coming off April’s ninth-round stoppage of fellow left-hander Al Sabaupan, a previously unbeaten fighter who entered the match up with a mark of 18-0-1 that had included 13 knockouts.
Vazquez last suffered defeat by unanimous 10-round decision against current WBC junior middleweight titleholder Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, this, as a 148-pounder.
Vazquez’s other losses were to Alvarez by four-round decision as a 141-pounder in his first professional fight, and also, by unanimous 10-round decision to current WBO welterweight titleholder, Tim Bradley, in July of 2007.
EDWIN RODRIGUEZ HIGHLIGHTS ‘ROAD TO GLORY’ CARD ON SEPT. 29
An HBO Boxing After Dark triple-header to be promoted by Lou DiBella Entertainment on Sept. 29 will feature bouts bewteen middleweights Edwin “La Bomba” Rodriguez (21-0, 14 KOs) and Jason Escalera (13-0-1, 12 KOs), junior featherweight Luis Del Valle (16-0, 11 KOs) and former title-holder Vic Darchinyan (37-5-1, 27 KOs) and welterweights Antonin Decarie (26-1, 7 KOs) and Alex Perez (16-0, 9 KOs).
Former belt-holder Zsolt Erdei (33-0, 18 KOs) was forced to withdraw from his scheduled light heavyweight bout opposite Isaac Chilemba (19-1-1, 9 KOs) as a result of having suffered two broken ribs during training.
Billed as “Road To Glory,” the event will be televised from the MGM Grand at Foxwoods, in Mashantucket, Conn., and is being promoted by DiBella, Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing and Gary Shaw Productions.
In another match up, southpaw junior welterweight prospect Danny O’Connor (18-1, 6 KOs), of Framingham, Mass., meets Josh “Nino Assasino” Sosa (10-3, 5 KOs), of Leavenworth, Kan.
Also, junior lightweight Ryan “Polish Prince” Kielczweski (13-0, 2 KOs), of Quincy, Mass., takes on Jeremy McLaurin (9-3, 5 KOs), of Coon Rapids, Minn., and fan-favorite Sonya Lamonakis (6-0-2, 1 KO), of Turner Falls, Mass, has a heavyweight bout opposite Tanzee Daniels (4-1-1, 1 KO), of Queens, N.Y.
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