Akhmedov vs. Rosado Clash
On Canelo vs. GGG III Sept. 17
Ali Akhmedov and Gabriel Rosado will clash for the IBF North
American Super-Middleweight title on Saturday September 17
at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, as part of the
undercard to the trilogy clash between Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez
and Gennadiy ‘GGG’ Golovkin. The event, presented by
Matchroom, Canelo Promotions and GGG Promotions, will
broadcast live on DAZN Pay-Per-View in the U.S. and Canada
as well as around the world on DAZN (excluding Mexico, Latin
America, and Kazakhstan).
Akhmedov (18-1 14 KOs), promoted by GGG Promotions, bagged a
pair of wins inside the distance in 2021 in California to
get his path to major title fights back on track after
suffering a final round KO defeat to Carlos Gongora in their
clash for the IBO strap in December 2020.
That was Akhmedov’s third fight on a card topped by his
fellow countryman, promoter and Kazakh legend Golovkin, and
the big hitting 27 year old will be looking to use the
biggest of stages to impress against the Philly star.
Rosado (26-15-1 15 KOs) enjoyed thrilling success against
his last eastern European foe, landing a knockout of the
year contender when he landed a stunning right hook to
demolish the unbeaten Uzbek rising star Bektemir Melikuziev
in the third round of their clash in El Paso in June 2021.
Rosado who boxed GGG for the World Middleweight title in
January 2013, has tangled with two contenders in his recent
bouts, being edged out via majority decision by Shane Mosley
Jr in April after taking Jaime Munguia the distance in
November – making this a must-win for the 36 year old.
“I'm happy to be a part of this show on DAZN PPV,” said
Akhmedov. “It is a great opportunity for me to demonstrate
my skills, especially against such seasoned opponent as
Gabriel Rosado. Rosado is very experienced and has a history
of fighting the best talents in this division which
motivates me even more.”
“I’m looking forward to being a part of one of the biggest
fight cards of the year,” said Rosado. “This is an
opportunity to do what I did against Bektemir and put myself
right back in world title contention!”
"I am very happy for Ali that his next fight will be on DAZN
PPV,” said Golovkin. “And it will be a title fight. It gives
Ali an opportunity to show everything he's capable of and
make a great impression. As his promoter I have a lot of
confidence in Ali and I believe the time has come for him to
make a name for himself."
“This fight will be like a 4th of July,” said Rosado’s
trainer Johnathon Banks. “It will be full of fireworks with
youth vs experience.”
Akhmedov’s clash with Rosado is the latest addition to the
stacked undercard for September 17, led by a co-main fight
starring Super-Flyweight sensation Jesse Rodriguez defending
his WBC World title against Israel Gonzalez.
Diego Pacheco fights for his first pro belt when he meets
Enrique Collazo for the WBC USNBC Silver Super-Middleweight
title and Austin ‘Ammo’ Williams taking on Kieron Conway for
the vacant WBA International Middleweight title, all leading
into the third installment of the classic modern rivalry
between Canelo and Golovkin, with the Mexican king putting
his undisputed Super-Middleweight crown on the line against
Kazakhstan's reigning WBA and IBF Middleweight ruler in the
most anticipated match up of 2022.