Powell and Rosado meet in a crossroads pairing (Photos courtesy of Main Events).
Junior Middleweight Pairing Featured as Main Event on NBC Sports Network
With the NBC Sports Network’s Boxing Series now in full gear, the co-promotion of Main Events and Peltz Boxing has been unveiling a full slate of dates for the rest of the calendar year. Next up on the agenda is a June 1st show at the Sands Casino Resort in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, with junior middleweights Gabriel Rosado (19-5, 11 KOs) and Sechew Powell (26-4, 15 KOs) taking center stage in the main event for the vacant WBO Inter-Continental Title.
"I'm happy to get this opportunity,” said Powell, who replaced Joel Julio in this fight after the Colombian pulled out. “My passion to become champion is stronger than ever, and that will show on June 1. Gabriel Rosado and I are both top 10 ranked contenders. After this fight, one of us will be moving up the rankings, and it won't be him."
Powell enters this contest amid a two-bout losing streak, coming out on the wrong end of 12-round unanimous decisions to Cornelius Bundrage and Cory Spinks. Prior to those defeats, he had won six of his previous seven outings, including a win over former U.S. Olympic Bronze Medalist Terrance Cauthen. The lone loss of that stretch was against Deandre Latimore, and he later avenged that TKO defeat by claiming a majority decision over him in an IBF Title Eliminator.
"I was looking forward to fighting Julio because I know he comes to fight,” Rosado remarked. “With Powell, it's a different story. He's a lefty, and he presents other problems for me. He's tricky, awkward and defensive. He picks his spots and gives you angles."
Rosado is currently riding a five-bout winning streak, and his sole blemish over the course of his past eight fights was a majority decision loss to Derek Ennis for the USBA Light Middleweight Championship. This outing marks the second time that the Philadelphia native has competed on the new NBC Sports Network Boxing Series, with his first fight resulting in a fifth round TKO stoppage of Jesus Soto Karass at the Asylum Arena in January.
“This is a classic crossroads fight," co-promoter J Russell Peltz commented. "This is a tougher fight for Rosado than Julio would have been. After all, Rosado has not been sparring with southpaws. Powell is a solid junior middleweight who has far more experience against top ranked contenders in the division, and Powell couldn't find a better sparring partner than Rodriquez to prepare him for a fight with Gabe. A win here, on the other hand, will launch Rosado right to the top of the division."
Also slated on this card are six additional bouts, including a welterweight showdown between Ronald Cruz (16-0, 12 KOs) and Prenice Brewer (16-1-1, 6 KOs) for the WBC Continental Americas Belt.