Gabriel Rosado will veer into Big Knockout Boxing when he takes on Bryan Vera on August 16 at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.
The 28-year-old, whose last four fights have either been televised on Showtime or HBO, will headline the promotion’s main event in the 160-pound bout. (DirectTV/PPV)
Rosado said he took the fight to stay busy. The perennial Puerto Rican contender by way of North Philadelphia added that BKB provides exposure to an untapped audience and offers money that he would not have seen if the fight were to take place in the squared circle.
BKG, formerly Bare Knuckle Boxing, puts fighters in a circular pit (no ropes) for two-minute rounds. Just 17 feet across, the pit is almost half the size of a traditional boxing ring. In March, the Nevada State Athletic Commission sanctioned the combat sport. Rosado said they will be using 10-ounce gloves in the seven-round featured attraction.
“When I first heard about it, it kind of threw me off a bit,” Rosado said. “But when I heard it was possibly against a guy like Bryan Vera, it got my attention because he’s a name. When you put guys like me and Bryan Vera in this type of environment, in this sport, you’re going to have your critics, but at the same time, people still are going to want to see.
“I’m a fighter. It’s just another fight to me. … It’s boxing. At the end of the day, when the bell rings, you’re getting hit in the mouth.”
Rosado is looking to get back into the winning column; his previous four fights against Jermell Charlo, Peter Quillin, J’Leon Love and Gennady Golovkin have not yielded a victory.
“When you come up short, it hurts. This time around, I feel like in my career, this is my second wind. It’s important for me to come out with a victory this time,” Rosado said. “I’m going to very hungry and determined. I feel like I just have to get that monkey off my back. I just have to get it done.”
I caught up with Rosado (video interview above) and discussed a wide variety of topics, including: Gennady Golovkin’s power in their 2013 bloodbath, his choice words for Peter Quillin, why he moved to Los Angeles and the meaning behind his tattoos.