Powell replaces Julio against Rosado



Junior middleweight Sechew Powell will face Gabriel Rosado June 1 on NBC Sports Network’s Fight Night, having replaced Joel Julio, who pulled out of the matchup for undisclosed reasons on Thursday, according to Main Events President Kathy Duva.

Rosado (19-5, 10 knockouts) is coming off January’s fifth-round knockout of Jesus Soto Karass, and Powell (26-4, 15 KOs), off consecutive setbacks to former welterweight and junior middleweight beltholder Cory Spinks and current IBF junior middleweight titleholder Cornelius Bundrage.

“We’ve worked on this all day, and we got the contracts in and Don King let Powell out of his contract for one fight to get this opportunity,” said Duva. “He jumped at the opportunity to take this fight. Julio said he just wouldn’t be ready for it.”

Duva said that Powell, a southpaw, has been sparring with Delvin Rodriguez (26-5-3, 14 KOs) to help him prepare for unbeaten left-hander Austin Trout (24-0, 14 KOs), whose WBA junior middleweight belt will be on the line when they meet on June 2.

“Since he’s been helping Delvin Rodriguez, Sechew’s had the best possible training for Rosado,” said Duva. “Rosado has to get ready for a southpaw now.”

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