Gabe Rosado still hunting bout with Jaime Munguia
On the heels of his last fight, super middleweight boxer “King” Gabriel Rosado (26-13-1, 15 KO’s) was openly gunning for a showdown with Jaime Munguia (37-0, 30 KO’s). Rosado was brought in as the opponent and was supposed to lose. Instead, King turned back the clock and put talented prospect Bektemir Melikuziev out of commission in the third round of their June 19 dustup.
For Rosado, who is deep in the twilight of his boxing career, the Munguia fight makes a lot of sense. It’s another solid opponent who he would face on a big stage. More than likely King would also receive a healthy payday for his troubles. So, it should come as no surprise that the Philly native recently took to his social media to reaffirm the talks between the two camps.
WHAT’S THE POINT?
While this potential fight is perfectly logical for Rosado, it’s a real head-scratcher as to why Team Munguia is interested. This is because, at this point in his career, beating Rosado will not advance the Mexican in any way. Munguia is ranked #1 (WBO), #1 (WBC), #4 (IBF) and #4 (WBA) at middleweight, whereas Rosado is ranked #9 (WBC) and #7 (WBA) at super middleweight. Going a step further, King has a mountain of losses on his record and is not even remotely relevant when discussing meaningful fights within his division.
If the bout was to be signed and Rosado won, then this would be extremely transformative. He’d have back-to-back wins against younger, highly visible fighters. Not to mention he’d also likely shoot up in the rankings and could potentially put himself in position for another title shot. At the end of the day, becoming a world champion is King Rosado’s last major goal in the sport. This is why his actions are logical and are following a clearly defined purpose. As for Team Munguia however, we will have to sit back and see just where it is they are going.
By: Bakari Simpson