Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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North Philly's Rosado on BKB card

Gabriel Rosado. (Kathy Willens/AP)
Gabriel Rosado. (Kathy Willens/AP)

NORTH PHILADELPHIA native Gabriel Rosado, who last year fought for two major title bouts, returns to the ring tomorrow night, only this fight isn't one sanctioned by the likes of the WBC or WBO.

Rosado and Bryan Vera headline a card put on by the new Big Knockout Boxing, which consists of shorter and fewer rounds and a smaller fighting space devoid of ropes and corners in an effort to accentuate knockouts. The Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas is hosting the pay-per-view event, which starts at 10 p.m. EDT.

The middleweight fight will consist of seven rounds of 2 minutes each. BKB uses 8- and 10-ounce boxing gloves.

Rosado, 28, turned pro in 2006 and owns a record of 21-8 with 13 knockouts. He last fought in January, losing to Jermell Charlo by unanimous decision at the D.C. Armory. In October, he lost via TKO to the undefeated Peter Quillin with the WBO title on the line. Nine months prior, he was knocked out by Gennady Golovkin at Madison Square Garden in a WBA and IBO title bout.

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Vera, 32, of Cedar Park, Texas, is 23-8 with 14 knockouts. He lost his last two fights, both to Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., most recently in March in San Antonio.

-Jake Kaplan

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