MAIN EVENTS ADDS IBF ELIMINATOR TO SEPT. 21 SHOW
Press Release: Junior middleweights Gabriel Rosado, of Philadelphia, PA, and Charles Whittaker, of the Cayman Islands, will battle for the IBF #1 ranking on Friday, Sept. 21st at the Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem. The Rosado-Whittaker bout has been added to the NBC Sports Network Fight Night Series card, which already includes: light-heavyweights Gabriel Campillo, of Madrid, Spain, against Sergey Kovalev, of Ft. Lauderdale, FL, 10 rounds; and welterweights Ronald Cruz, of Bethlehem, PA, against Antwone Smith, of Miami, FL, 12 rounds. The NBC Broadcast will begin at 9PM ET.
Main Events, which is promoting the Sept. 21 card with Peltz Boxing and Sampson Boxing, won a purse bid on July 26 for the right to promote Rosado vs. Whittaker and added the match to the Sept. 21 card.
The winner of the Rosado-Whittaker fight will become the mandatory challenger for IBF world champion Cornelius Bundrage, of Detroit, MI.
Rosado, 26, boasts knockout victories over Jesus Soto-Karass, of Mexico, and Sechew Powell, of Brooklyn, NY. A pro since 2006, Rosado (above right) has a 20-5 record, 12 K0s. He has won his last six fights and also has defeated ex-IBF champ Kassim Ouma, of Uganda, and contender Saul Roman, of Mexico.
Whittaker, 38, is 38-12-2, 23 K0s, since turning pro in 1993. He recently beat Keenan Collins, of Reading, PA, and Giorbis Barthelemy, of Cuba.