Gabriel Rosado vs Jermell Charlo Preview January 25
Junior middleweight prospects Gabriel Rosado and Jermell Charlo will square off in a scheduled 10-round bout at the Armory in Washington D.C. on Saturday January 25. The bout between the two Americans can be seen on Showtime in the U.S. and on Super Channel in Canada.
The 27-year-old Rosado hails from Philadelphia and has lost two out of his last three bouts, giving him a record of 21-7 with 13 Kos. It would have been three straight defeats, but his decision loss to J’Leon Love was changed to a no-decision after Love tested positive for a banned substance following the fight. The other two losses were to world champions Peter Quillin and Gennady Golovkin and were in the middleweight division. For this fight, Rosado’s heading back down to junior middleweight and is aiming for his first win since September of 2012.
The undefeated Charlo, who boasts a record of 22-0 along with 11 Kos, realizes the winner of this bout will probably get a title shot in the near future and should be highly motivated. The 23-year-old from Houston, Texas is a slick boxer, but he’s going to be facing a lot of non-stop pressure from Rosado. Charlo is more of a counter puncher with fast hands, and he’ll have to keep himself busy to keep up to Rosado’s pace. This is definitely a step up in class for Charlo and it will be a good stiff test for him.
Rosado is a fan favourite due to his aggressive free-punching style and he has the toughness and skills to give anybody a rough time as Golovkin and Quillin both found out. He’s got a lot of experience and knows he needs to win this fight by any means possible to keep himself in contention for another title shot. He said he will be looking for a stoppage against Charlo because it’s a hard task to outbox him. Rosado feels he needs to dictate the pace and impose his will if he’s going to be successful.
Charlo has beaten some good name=fighters in Jose Angel Rodriguez, Harry Joe Yorgey and Demetrius Hopkins, but Rosado is on a different level than those fighters due to his experience. Rosado would prefer to slug it out, but Charlo will be using his slick boxing skills, foot movement and hand speed to try and avoid that. This is going to pose a bit of a problem for Rosado who’s going to have to hunt him down.
If Charlo was more of a brawler it would greatly help boost Rosado’s chances in this fight, but this isn’t going to be the case. Rosado can take a good shot, but as he said himself he needs a stoppage to win. If it doesn’t come he’s going to be out of luck since a decision over Charlo isn’t realistic. It should be an entertaining contest though in the bull and matador mode.
Rosado plans on entering the ring at about 170 lbs after rehydrating. He should be able to handle Charlo’s best shots, especially since his opponent isn’t really known for his power. The problem Rosado’s going to face is being able to land enough punches on the elusive Charlo to do any damage to him. If Charlo decides to stand his ground and trade with Rosado he’ll probably regret it. Therefore look for him to frustrate Rosado with his movement, skills and in-and-out style. Still, this is a tough fight to call, so let’s go with Rosado doing enough damage to sneak out a decision or earn a late stoppage.
Sportsbook 5dimes.eu has the latest odds of a Rosado win at +180 and a Charlo victory at -220. Visit 5Dimes.eu to see up to date odds and to bet on this fight. You should also check out our recent boxing betting predictions to see how we’ve done of late capping the fights.