Blood Simple: Lemieux Stops Rosado

By Robert Ecksel on December 6, 2014
Blood Simple: Lemieux Stops Rosado
"Take it to him. You’re a Philadelphian. Take it to him. Knock him out.” (Emily Harney)

David Lemieux (33-2, 31 KOs) successfully defended his NABF middleweight title by stopping Gabriel Rosado (21-9, 13 KOs) at 1:45 of round 10…

Saturday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, David Lemieux (33-2, 31 KOs), from Montreal Canada, successfully defended his NABF middleweight title by stopping Gabriel Rosado (21-9, 13 KOs) from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, at 1:45 of round 10.

Fighting out of the blue corner in black trunks, Lemieux wasted no time in bringing the fight to his game challenger. Rosado, fighting out of the red corner in red, white and blue trunks, came to fight, and had the ring doctor not intervened, it would have gone the distance.

Round one was a give and take and could have gone either way. Lemieux got things underway with a hard right. Rosado countered with a right of his own. A three-inch height advantage for Rosado was posing a problem for Lemieux. He had to punch up at the Philadelphian. Rosado outlanded Lemieux, but just barely, 21 of 55 punches to 19 of 61,

After the first, Rosado’s cornerman, Jesse Reid told him, “Looking good. Punch and move. Keep turning him, Gabe. Get off first.”

The second round was as close as the first. Lemieux has power, but Rosado has speed, which made things interesting. But then Lemieux, without neglecting the head, started targeting the body. That was one way to slow the swift-footed Rosado down. After two rounds, both fighters had landed 37 punches, but Lemieux was the busier man and landed the harder shots.

Between rounds Reid told Rosado, “Make him miss. Make him pay.” It was good advice for a good fighter.

Things changed dramatically in round three. A big Lemieux left hook wobbled Rosado. The Canadian followed up with another left that dropped Rosado to the canvas. He was up at the count of eight, but his face was a mess. His left eye was cut and swelling fast. Lemieux smelled blood, Rosado’s blood, and went for the kill, landing upstairs and down almost at will. The game Philly fighter weathered the storm. Lemieux landed 29 power shots in the round. The tide had turned.

Lemieux continued to assault Rosado in round four. His bombs were landing, but Rosado fought back. An uppercut slowed the champ’s momentum, if only for a moment, before Lemieux landed a 1-2 on top followed by a 1-2 below. Rosado responded as fighters do, punches of his own. Then a big left hook caught Rosado and drove him back. A short right and another hook drove him back further. With the challenger in the corner, Lemieux made his move. Rosado caught him with a big right at the bell to end a thrilling fourth round.

“Gabe,” said Jesse Reid excitedly between rounds four and five, “you can beat this guy by punching with him. Use you jab and touch him.”

Lemieux had landed 25 of 58 to Rosado’s 22 of 48 in the round.

In rounds five and six Lemieux continued to up the ante. After five rounds of fighting, Lemieux had outlanded Rosado 106 punches to 77, a trend that continued in round six. Rosado, however tough, however willing a competitor, looked seriously overmatched. Lemieux was too strong. He was too seasoned. In the sixth he landed 22 of 24 punches to Rosado’s 12 of 24. The gap between the fighters was growing, as was the red and purple lump beneath Rosado’s left eye, which the ring doctor began to study closely.

Rosado was rocked in round seven. His left eye was almost completely closed. He couldn’t see the punches coming. He wasn’t a beaten man, he was fighting back, but futility was the name of the game. Tabulating the power shots after seven rounds, CompuBox came up with these numbers: Lemieux had landed 122 of 260. Rosado had landed 79 of 177. It was only a matter of time.

Just when we thought the end was in sight, the never-say-die Rosado rallied in the eighth. Partly it was the result of Lemieux pacing himself, a new wrinkle to solve an old problem. Partly it was the result of Rosado’s heart. Although he was outlanded 16 punches to 13, the kid came on when it was least expected.

Jesse Reid liked what he saw, and he wasn’t alone. “Listen to me,” he said. “You’ve got to let those hands go. Punch and move. Take it to him, son.”

Rosado took those words to heart. He started the ninth with a beautiful uppercut, followed by a shot to Lemieux’s body and a 1-2 to the head. It may be better to give than receive, especially in boxing, and the champion was receiving more than his share of punishment. Then, in the closing seconds of the ninth, Lemieux caught Rosado with a left at the bell that stopped him in his tracks. All the ground he had gained seemed to dissolve in an instant.

“Look at me, son,” implored Jesse Reid. “Take it to him. You’re a Philadelphian. Take it to him. Knock him out.”

He might have been talking to David Lemieux for all the good it did.

The champ bolted from his corner. He landed two head shots followed by a hook. A right connected. Two lefts connected. Lemieux couldn’t miss. Rosado wouldn’t fall. The referee had been watching him closely, looking for the right time to stop the fight. The New York State Athletic Commission doctor, Barry Jordan, saved him the trouble. He also saved Gabriel Rosado from himself.

The final punch stats tell the whole story. Lemieux landed 227 of 621 total punches to Rosado’s 142 of 398. In the power punch department, the defending champion outlanded the challenger 178 to 105.

After the fight, Lemieux had nothing but praise for his opponent.

“I’d like to give hats off to Rosado. He’s one hell of a fighter. He gave me one hell of a fight. I had tremendous preparation for this fight. I wanted to show you all what I could do and I hope you like it, you enjoyed it. I wanted to make a statement here. Rosado’s a lot better than I even thought. I knew what Rosado wanted to do. He wanted to take me in deep water. He thought I was going to gas out in the later rounds. But I had said that before the fight that that wouldn’t be the case, I would be prepared for a 12-round fight, an explosive from the first round to the 12th round, so that’s what I gave you. I’m willing to be world champion. I’m ready to fight anybody at 160. Gennady Golovkin, Quillin, Cotto—whoever’s 160, I’m not afraid of nobody. I want to be the best, so I have to fight the best. Gennady Golovkin? I’m not scared of him.”

Rosado also praised Lemieux.

“He’s a good fighter, man. I think it was, what was it, the second round I went down? Honest to goodness, it was just difficult seeing. As soon as the eye puffed, I was literally seeing three of him. Right now I can’t even see. I was trying to counter as best I could with one eye. It’s just my luck, man. But he’s a good fighter. I give him credit.”

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  1. Koolz 02:41pm, 12/07/2014

    Golovkin would destroy Lemieux in three rounds.
    You know Rosado needs to learn some defense! 

  2. beaujack 09:13am, 12/07/2014

    I was glad that the ref stopped that bout, as Rosado was taking a beating and I fear for his future health. too brave for his talents is Gabe. Lemieux is finally learning to pace himself, as in the past he put all his efforts in his all out assault, but tired himself in the later rounds…He has a great left-hook reminding me of an old timer welterweight Al Bummy Davis of the 1940s…If Lemieux ever hooks up with GGG, my dough is on the taller
    Golovkin who I think might just very well rate with most of the great middleweights of the past…

  3. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo aka GimpelG 08:38am, 12/07/2014

    Famous last words mouthed by DelaRosa to someone in his corner in the rest period between the 4th and 5th rounds: “He can’t fight.”

  4. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo aka Gimpel 06:47am, 12/07/2014

    I say Gabe was done in the tenth and it wasn’t just the eye…..he was taking nasty and hurtful flush shots and his body was literally caving in on his big heart… Lampley said he can compete at that level but he can’t seem to win there…..trainers like Hunter are shitty at math and especially counting rounds….they invariably wait until half of the fight is in the other guy’s ledger before they really get on their fighter’s ass….DelaRosa got frisky and then almost got killed…..Hugo has got to be a converted southpaw…..that overhand left was something else.

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