Gabriel Rosado-James Kirkland on Bernard Hopkins-Sergey Kovalev card
Gabriel Rosado says he will fight fellow former junior middleweight contender James Kirkland on the Nov. 8 undercard of the Bernard Hopkins-Sergey Kovalev light heavyweight title unification bout at The Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
Rosado (21-8, 13 knockouts), a two-time former middleweight title challenger, will face Kirkland (32-1, 28 KOs) in his first boxing match under trainer Jesse Reid (he had the veteran boxing guru in his corner when he recently participated in the Big Knockout Boxing combat sport).
“It’s going down. Everything’s official,” Rosado, a 28-year-old native of Philadelphia, confirmed to RingTV.com. “Atlantic City is pretty much in my back yard, being only a short ride from Philly, so there should be a lot of people there for what should be a great fight and a fan-friendly fight.”
The Main Events/Golden Boy Promotions co-promotion will be televised on HBO.
James Kirkland’s legal advisor, Michael Miller, said that the bout will take place “at 156 or 157, which is the half-way point between 154 and 160.”
“We’re waiting for the contract from [Kirkland’s promoter] 50 Cent and HBO, but as far as we’re concerned, it’s a done deal. James accepted the fight on Friday night,” said Miller. “You know how conservative I am. Until the contracts are signed, anything can happen, but we should be good.”