LAS VEGAS — Middleweight J’Leon Love, of Michigan, rose from a sixth-round knockdown to win an unpopular split decision over Gabriel Rosado, of Philadelphia, on Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
A 25-year-old who now lives in Las Vegas, Love (16-0, 8 knockouts) was coming off February’s unanimous decision over Chicago’s Derek Findley, and faced Rosado as part of the Showtime Pay Per View-televised WBC welterweight title fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Robert Guerrero.
Love won, 95-94 and 97-92 on the respective cards of judges Dave Moretti and Herb Santos, with judge Glenn Trowbridge scoring it for Rosado, 95-94.
“I just fought a guy that has world championnship experience. I thought I put up a good fight, and it was good experience for me to fight somebody like that. I got dropped with a shot that I did not see. He caught me when I didn’t see the punch. But a round aftter that, I stepped it up and had to fight back,” said Love.
“I was proud of my performance, because when you get hurt like that, it takes something extra to come back and to be able to fight. I knew I had to turn it up after that to win the fight. I felt I did what I had to do to win. I’m only 16-0, and I was in against a world-class fighter with a lot of experience. I’m going to go home and watch the tape and learn a lot from this fight. We can do it again if he wants to so we all know who the clear winner is.”
Rosado (21-7, 13 KOs) was trying to bounce back from January’s bloody seventh-round stoppage loss to WBA middleweight titleholder Gennady Golovkin. Rosado entered his bout with Golovkin with a run of seven straight victories, five of them by knockout.
“I can’t control the judges. My performance spoke volumes,” said Rosado. “I don’t think that I have to prove myself against him again, but I will fight him again if I have to.”
Love was one of five of the fighters promoted by Mayweather on the card, all of whom have relocated to Las Vegas.
The first of Mayweather’s boxers, super middleweight Lanell Bellows (4-0-1, 4 KOs), scored a fourth-round knockout over Matthew Garretson (2-1, 1 KO). Next up was light heavyweight Badou Jack (14-0, 10 KOs) earning a third-round TKO over Michael Gbenga (13-8, 13 KOs).
In yet another super middleweight matchup, Luis Arias (5-0, 3 KOs) came away with a six-round majority decision over DonYil Livingston (8-3-1, 4 KOs). Arias won, 58-56, 58-55, and 57-57.
Also, super middleweight Ronald Gavril (4-0, 3 KOs) scored his second consecutive knockout victory, doing so in the third round against Roberto Yong (5-7-2, 4 KOs).
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