By Mark Eisner: Tremendous middleweight contender Gabe Rosado (26-13-1, 15 KOs) received up off the deck within the first to return again to knock out former newbie star Bektemir ‘The Bully’ Melikuziev (7-1, 6 KOs) by a third-round KO on Saturday evening on the Don Haskins Heart in El Paso, Texas.
The time of the stoppage was at 1:21 of spherical three.
Rosado timed the beforehand unbeaten Melikuziev in flattening him with an enormous proper hand to the pinnacle within the third spherical. Given how dominant Bektemir was within the first two rounds, this was a knockout of the yr.
The shot put the 25-year-old Melikuziev down face first on the canvas for the knockout. Though Uzbek Melikuziev made it again to his ft, the competition was stopped as a result of he was too damage to be allowed to proceed.
Rosado seemed like he was completed for within the first spherical, as he was getting nailed repeatedly by the highly effective Melikuziev, who seemed stronger than Canelo Alvarez.
The physique pictures that Melikuziev was hitting Rosado with had been devasting pictures, and it was clear the struggle wouldn’t go lengthy until Gabe turned issues round.
Within the first spherical, Melikuziev dropped Rosado with a strong physique shot after cornering him towards the ropes. Rosado, 35, correctly stayed down for the depend of 9 earlier than lastly getting again to his ft.
It’s a very good factor that Rosado did that as a result of the heavy-handed Melikuziev would have seemingly completed him off with one other physique shot.
After the struggle, Rosado stated he needs to struggle Jaime Munguia subsequent if he comes out victorious in the principle occasion towards Kamil Szeremeta.
Munguia’s promoters at Golden Boy may wish to assume twice about letting Rosado struggle him as a result of he’s received an excessive amount of expertise.
Golden Boy can’t be happy seeing their younger prospect Melikuziev get taken aside by Rosado tonight. Bek ‘The Bully’ has the potential to seize a world title sometime, however he confirmed no respect with the best way he was telegraphing his physique pictures.
Melikuziev wanted to arrange his pictures relatively than unloading with every punch, as he was totally predictable in what he was throwing.
Different outcomes on the undercard:
- Undefeated welterweight prospect Blair Cobbs (15-0-1, 10 KOs) defeated 38-year-old Brad Solomon (29-4, 9 KOs) by a fifth spherical knockout. Cobbs unloaded on Solomon with pictures within the fifth to get the knockout. The time of the stoppage was at 2:57 of spherical 5.
- In an unpopular choice, feminine flyweight Marlen Esparza (10-1, 1 KOs) defeated WBC champ Ibeth Zamora (32-7, 12 KOs) by a ten spherical unanimous choice. The choose’s scores had been 97-92, 95-94, 96-94.