The vacant WBO Inter-Continental Title is on the line in the main event.
Gabriel Rosado Facing Sechew Powell in Main Event
When Main Events and Peltz Boxing host the latest installment of NBC Sports Network Fight Night on Friday evening, a capacity crowd is expected to be on hand at the Sands Casino in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Fighting in the main event of the show will a couple of junior middleweight prospects, with Gabriel Rosado (19-5, 11 KOs) and Sechew Powell (26-4, 15 KOs) scrapping for the vacant WBO Inter-Continental Title.
"This is what boxing should be about," said J Russell Peltz of Peltz Boxing Promotions, Inc. "We may be next to a casino, but we are in a brand new state-of-the-art arena where fans buy tickets. It's a beautiful building with seven luxury suite boxes, and there's not a bad seat in the house.”
The Sands Event Center formally opened less than two weeks ago, and the card on Friday will be its first boxing event at the new facility. The venue currently holds 1,832 spectators, but additional seating is being added to accommodate a demand for tickets for NBCSN Fight Night.
"Real boxing fans are coming to this show, and they are buying tickets wherever they can find them,” Peltz continued. “It's just like the old days when the corner store put up posters and sold tickets from behind the cash register. That's what we've done in Bethlehem. We have ticket outlets all over town. About a dozen businesses have purchased ads in the souvenir program.”
In terms of the fighters who will compete in the feature on this card, Powell enters the 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.
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 NBCSN Fight Night, with his first fight resulting in a fifth round TKO stoppage of Jesus Soto Karass at the Asylum Arena in January.
Also slated on this card are six additional bouts, including a welterweight showdown between local favorite Ronald Cruz (16-0, 12 KOs) and Prenice Brewer (16-1-1, 6 KOs) for the WBC Continental Americas Belt.
"We've got a hometown hero in Ronald Cruz and he comes from a very tight-knit community of adoring fans,” Peltz remarked. “They follow him to Philadelphia when he fights there, and they gobble up hotel rooms and loads of tickets when he fights in Atlantic City."
Remaining tickets for this show are on sale now, ranging from $50-175, and they can be purchased through the offices of Peltz Boxing at (215) 765-0922 or via Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000. The first bell on Friday night will ring at 7:00 p.m.