Television: Showtime (USA), ARD (Germany)
IBF light heavyweight title
Bernard Hopkins 53(32)-6-2 vs. Karo Murat 25(15)-1-1
I have many reasons to hate this fight. Let me list them:
- Karo Murat hasn’t fought in almost a year and a half.
- His last win was against a journeyman with a 25-12 record and was 1-5 in his last 6 fights.
- Before that, he should have lost to Gabriel Campillo but hometown cooking had him escape with a draw
The only reason this fight is happening is because the IBF inexplicably made Murat their mandatory.
WBO middleweight title
Peter Quillin 29(21)-0 vs. Gabriel Rosado 21(13)-6
This is the real reason to tune in.
I personally rate Quillin as the #3 middleweight — right behind Sergio Martinez and Gennady Golovkin. He has tremendous boxing ability, but specializes in ring generalship and timing. His best wins are against Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam, Winky Wright, Fernando Guerrero, Craig McEwan, and Jesse Brinkley.
If there’s one flaw I see in Quillin is that he sometimes has difficulty finishing his opponents. He has great power, and scores knockdowns often. However, all too often opponents have scraped themselves off the canvas and continued on.
Rosado has losses on his record, but you got to remember something about him. Rosado gave Golovkin the hardest fight he had in years. What’s more, he was never knocked down once. His corner stopped the fight due to cuts.
Previous to that, Rosado won his last 7 fights often against good names. He KOed Charles Whitaker, Sechew Powell, Jesus Soto Karass, and Ayi Bruce. Does Rosado deserve to be a contender? Yes, he does!
And I’m glad he is because Rosado was honestly robbed in his last fight. He put a proper schooling on J’Leon Love, but the judges decided to invalidate his hard work. I was worried for Rosado then. I thought promoters were going to make him cannon fodder.
Then it was discovered that Love was on PEDs. The state commission thankfully overturned it into a No Contest. Now Rosado is thankfully getting another chance!
Prediction: Quillin by UD.