Gabriel Rosado Has Title Shot In His Sights, But Not Overlooking Sulecki

By G. Leon

12/03/2019

Greg Leon: How's everything gone in camp? What can we expect to see from you on Friday night versus Maciej Sulecki [27-1]? Gabriel Rosado: "Camp went great. We did camp in Los Angeles. We were originally planning to do camp in Philly, but the weather got bad so we switched over and did the last month in LA and we've had a good camp. Sulecki is a seasoned guy, he's fundamentally sound and he's got good basics. He doesn't seem to be a big puncher, but he's an active fighter. Styles make fights and his style is going to suit me well. He's not going to be hard to find."
 
GL: What do you consider your biggest advantage over Sulecki?
 
Gabriel Rosado: "I just think the experience factor. I've fought everybody in the division and a lot of the fights were either too soon or the timing wasn't the best. It's an art in how you match a fighter, before I think it's something that's either going to make you or break you, but I withstood the storm and I've come back healthy and strong and I think right now people are going to continue to see a whole different Rosado."
 
GL: The Glen Tapia stoppage [in 2017] was a good momentum builder and you clearly should have won against Luis Arias [in 2018], but you got jerked with the draw. Did that take any of the wind out of your sails in any way?
 
GR: "No. You know honestly, the way I really look at it. I really feel, even though technically it doesn't show this on paper, but I feel like I'm coming off three wins. I went to fight Martin Murray in his hometown of Liverpool and a lot of people thought I got a shitty decision out there. Then I stopped Glen Tapia and the fight with Luis Arias, I think I surprised a lot of people with my boxing ability. I think a lot of people are used to Gabriel Rosado going to war, but I boxed and made him miss. I controlled the pace and I think that was just a different look for people. I didn't get the credit I deserved in that fight for putting on a boxing lesson, which is what I did. This fight, I think I've got to be a little more aggressive and sit down more on my shots."
 
GL: What are you hoping a victory on Friday night leads to? Everybody's at the DAZN so I know you want something big.
 
GR: "You already know! I'm definitely in the mix as far as the middleweights go. I don't want to look past this man, but obviously the goal is to get a world title shot. I've got to take care of business on Friday and I've studied this guy almost everyday, I mean it's to the point where I kind of obsess about it. I'm prepared not just physically, but mentally. I'm just looking forward to putting on a great performance and letting things play out. I don't want to think too far ahead because this is my thirteenth year as a pro and you have to be caught up in the moment. I can't look too far ahead."
 
GL: Other than victory do you have a prediction?
 
GR: "I'm not going to make a prediction as far as knockout or decision. I know it's going to be a good fight, I know he's a durable guy and he's never been stopped. He went the distance with Jacobs and I would love to get the knockout and make a statement that Jacobs wasn't able to, but I'm confident that we're going to come out with the victory though and that's for sure."
 
GL: Who do you like in the Canelo-Jacobs fight?
 
GR: "I think Canelo wins that fight. I think it's a good fight, but I think Canelo is a little more skillful and I think he's a little stronger with better pop. I'm leaning towards Canelo. I think it's a 60/40 kind of fight."
 
GL: Closing thoughts for the fans.
 
GR: "I'm excited to be back at home in Philadelphia for the first time in seven years. It's a homecoming, I'm just excited to see the fans at home and everyone who isn't there make sure you tune in on DAZN."
 

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