Rosado looking to take Lemieux out early
- Updated: December 4, 2014
David Lemieux and Gabe Rosado took part in media workouts just three days away from their showdown on Saturday night.
Lemieux is coming off a third round knockout over Fernando Guerrero in May. The victory earned Lemieux the NABF middleweight title.
“We are very well aware of Rosado’s tendencies and his capabilities and we did everything we had to in the gym to prepare for this fight,” Lemieux said. “Rosado’s got a lot on his plate.”
Though he’s had ups and downs in his career, Lemieux says he has always kept a positive mindset. He never gave up, even when things were looking bad.
“Nothing ever brought me down. I believe in destiny and I never quit and here I am with the best around me, you’ve just got to put in the time, the effort, the blood, the tears and the sweat. It’s all a dance and you’ve got know the right steps to get back in the ring. You’ve got be ready for it and willing to accept change,” Lemieux said.
One thing about Lemieux that can’t be questioned is his power. The Canadian fighter 32 victories and 30 of those have ended via knockout. He will be looking to unleash that power on Rosado.
“I’m very understanding of my power and once I start landing it’s going to be hell for Rosado and I know it,” Lemieux said.
Rosado’s last fight took place outside of a boxing ring. It was a BKB (Big Knocout Boxing) fight against Bryan Vera. Rosado earned a sixth round knockout, but he is still winless in his last four official boxing matches. Although he hasn’t done much winning lately, his exciting style of fighting has earned him a lot of fans.
“The fans keep me in the game. That’s what keeps me relevant. I want to get this win for the fans. I want to show them I do pay attention, I do read my Twitter and my Instagram. I can’t reply to all of them but I see it and I do appreciate it,” Rosado said.
Rosado was thrown to the sharks early in his career. Given his experience against all the tough opposition in his career, he believes he has the upper hand against Lemieux. He feels he has the ability to finish the fight early.
“I believe in experience as a backbone. If I use my ring smarts and experience, I think this could end early,” Rosado said.
Here are some quotes from some of the fighters that will be on the HBO undercard:
HUGO CENTENO JR., Undefeated Middleweight Contender
“This my first time here in New York and I love it. It feels like home.
“HBO is working with Golden Boy again and it feels great to be given that opportunity on such a big stage. I’m exited about it.
“My dad used to box when he was younger and got into a motorcycle accident and he wasn’t able to continue his career and that’s what got me into watching fights, we would watch Tuesday night fights as a kid. I started when I was seven and the rest is history.
“My main strategy in the ring is boxing, but I can bang if I need to. I’m taller than most of my opponents but if it comes down to it and we have to slug it out, I can do that too.”
JAMES DE LA ROSA, Middleweight Contender
“My goal is to take his heart as a fighter, I feel it’s not my discretion to choose whether I can fight or not. I’m going to fight until I can’t see-, doesn’t matter if I get cuts or not. I’m here to put on a show.
“I never back out of a fight. I’ve heard he’s backed out of a couple different fights…I’ve fought a few undefeated fighters. It feels better to take someone’s ‘0’ and that’s what’s going to happen on Saturday.
“People were saying I was going to get knocked out my last fight against Alfredo Angulo and that I didn’t stand a chance and that just fuels me. It brings more fuel to the fire. I trained hard for what I wanted and it just pushes me to show people that I can.
“I feel good and I’m ready to conquer Barclays Center like I conquered the MGM, I’m really excited.”
HANK LUNDY, Junior Welterweight Contender
“I’m excited and I’m ready to go. Dulorme is a pretty basic fighter who I’m going to take care of.
“Dulorme uses a lot of fundamentals and basic things. But you need more than that to beat Hank Lundy.
“It’s going to be a big statement and we’re going to do it in a big way. Afterwards I want Danny Garcia, Philly vs. Philly we have to do it.
“I’m an old school guy and I’m going to show everybody that on Saturday.
“Hammerin’ Hank is coming to put on a show. If you’ve been a fan from day one you know I’m coming to bring the house down.”