Gabriel Rosado - Joel Julio on 6/1; Askin-Dickinson on Saturday
Bethlehem, PA—The scheduled junior middleweight clash between Gabriel Rosado and Joel Julio on June 1 at the Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem has been upgraded to 12 rounds for the vacant WBO Inter-Continental Title.
Article posted on 19.04.2012
The Rosado-Julio fight tops a seven-bout card in the new 1,800-seat Events Center at the Sands Resort Casino Bethlehem.
It also will headline the third installment this year of the NBC Sports Network Fight Night series.
Rosado (left), 26, of Philadelphia, PA, and Julio, (right) 27, of Monteria, Colombia, will be fighting not only for the WBO Inter-Continental belt but also for a spot among the Top 10 contenders in the WBO world rankings.
Julio already has boxed for the World Boxing Organization (WBO) world title, losing a 12-round decision to champion Serhiy Dzinzurik in 2008 in Germany.
Rosado comes into this fight off the biggest win of his career, a fifth-round knockout over Jesus Soto-Karass, of Sinaloa, Mexico, on Jan. 21 at the Asylum Arena in Philadelphia, PA. The fight was part of the first NBC Sports Network Fight Series and Rosado’s shocking win elevated his status world-wide. He is currently ranked No. 6 in the world by the International Boxing Federation (IBF), No. 11 by the WBC.
A pro since 2006, Rosado has a 19-5 record, 11 K0s, and he also has beaten ex-IBF world champion Kassim Ouma, of Uganda, Saul Roman, of Mexico, and fellow-Philadelphian Jamaal Davis.
Julio, now living in Miami, FL, is 37-4, 31 K0s. He has been in the rankings for years and also boxed for a world title, losing a 12-round decision to lefty Serhiy Dzinziruk in 2008 in Germany.
A pro since 2001, Julio has defeated Carlos Vilches, of Argentina; current IBF world champ Cornelius Bundrage, of Detroit, MI; long-time contender Ishe Smith, of Las Vegas, NV.
Against common foes, each man was stopped by Alfredo Angulo and each man defeated Jamaal Davis, Rosado by knockout, Julio by decision.
In the June 1 co-feature, scheduled for 12 rounds, Bethlehem prospect Ronald Cruz takes on Prenice Brewer, of Cleveland, OH, for the vacant World Boxing Council (WBC) Continental Americas welterweight crown.
Five additional bouts complete the card.
ABOUT JUNE 1
The Rosado-Julio and Cruz-Brewer fights top a seven-bout card at the Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem. First fight is 7.30 pm. Tickets priced at $50 and $75 can be purchased through the offices of Peltz Boxing (215-765-0922) and at all Ticketmaster outlets (800-745-3000). Tickets also are on sale at www.peltzboxing.com, www.SandsEventCenter.com, and www.Ticketmaster.com. In Bethlehem, tickets are available at Deja Brew, Inc., 101 West 4th Street (610-865-2739) and at Pronto Insurance Notary, 232 East 3rd Street (610-419-6790). NBC Sports Network will televise the Rosado-Julio and Cruz-Brewer fights, beginning at 9 pm. The card is being promoted by Main Events and Peltz Boxing Promotions, Inc., in association with the Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem and www.goDaddy.com.
Matty Askin vs. Jon Lewis Dickinson on Saturday
MATTY ASKIN believes his strength will be too much for Jon Lewis Dickinson to handle in their big cruiserweight contest. The pair collide in a ten rounder for the vacant English championship and an eliminator for Enzo Maccarinelli’s British crown at Oldham Sports Centre on Saturday night (April 21).
Their 50-50 battle is the chief supporting bout on the card topped by Anthony Crolla’s British lightweight title defence against Derry Mathews.
Unbeaten Askin, 23, said: “Dickinson is going to be awkward and try to nick rounds, but he won’t be able to match me for speed and strength.
“He has some impressive wins, but how much willpower and determination will he have when I take it to him from round one?”
Blackpool’s Askin (13-0) has been making daily three hour round trips from his home to Hatton Health and Fitness in Hyde sparring many rounds preparing for geordie Dickinson (10-2).
He added: “I have sparred a ridiculous amount of rounds regularly working with ten to 12 rounds with three different lads.
“It was quality sparring and the lads I used were all ambitious and threw plenty of shots.”
Other Contests: Stephen Foster Jr v Jose Antonio Elizabeth (6x3 super-featherweight), Jazza Dickins v Yuri Voronin (6x3 super-bantamweight), Lucas Browne v Paul Butlin (6x3 heavyweight), Adam Little v Chris Jenkinson (6x3 welterweight), Tommy Stubbs v Gavin Reid (4x3 bantamweight), Ryan Doyle v Selected Opponent (4x3 featherweight).
Boxing starts at 6.15pm and tickets are on sale. They are priced at £35 general admission, £55 floor seating, £75 ringside and £100 VIP Ringside. You can buy by calling the Hatton Box Office 01925 755 222, Ticketmaster 0844 847 2500, Ticketline 0844 888 9991, any boxer on the bill or online www.hattonboxing.com
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