Defeats Jamaal Davis With Twelfth Round TKO For Interim NABA
Junior Middleweight Title, and Undercard Results from
Bally’s Atlantic City
By Tim Donaldson
Photos: "Sugar" Ray Bailey
Saturday night, Gabriel
Rosado and Jamaal Davis thrilled the crowd in the Grand
Ballroom at Bally’s Atlantic City. Rosado and Davis,
both from Philadelphia, lived up to the reputation that
Philadelphia fighters have long been known for. Neither
backed down, and both proved they were there to win. In
the end, Rosado proved to be victorious, but Davis made
sure that Rosado earned that title.
In fact, the fight was going in Davis’ favor for the
first several rounds. Davis was the more active fighter
in the first round. He was effectively using his jab in
the first, helping him to establish dominance. Rosado
had a brief flurry in the round. He looked as though he
were looking for a quick knockout, which didn’t come.
Davis just kept using his jab and moving in and out, not
giving Rosado much chance to land. Davis kept this up in
the second round. He waited for opportunities, placed
his punches where he could get through, and kept moving.
Rosado was throwing and landing, but Davis was
effectively countering in this round. Davis kept this up
into the third round. However, Rosado was having more
success landing his jab. Then, in what was the beginning
of the shift in the fight, Rosado landed a hard right to
the chin of Davis. The round ended with the two battling
back and forth.
The fourth round started
just as the third ended. Rosado and Davis were still
fighting a back and forth battle, both trying to
establish dominance in the fight. Rosado was now
starting to control the pace of the fight. He was
doubling up his jab, attempting to keep Davis from
getting in and landing his. But this did not deter
Davis. By the end of the round, Davis was right in there
slugging it out with Rosado. Referee Allan Huggins had
to break the two apart at the bell. Davis was keeping
more distance in the fifth. Then he stepped into a right
hand from Rosado. Rosado chased Davis to the ropes and
unleashed a flurry of punches on him. The two were
fighting in close, neither controlling the action. It
was a Philly brawl in the ring.
The sixth round was slower than any of the five before.
But Rosado managed to stagger Davis. Davis came right
back with a combination. Round seven was another back
and forth round. Davis seemed more in control at the
beginning of the round. He landed a combination to the
Rosado’s body early. He was doubling his jab up. He then
caught Rosado on the ropes. It looked as though it could
be a round for Davis, but all seemed to change when
Huggins broke them apart at the ropes. Rosado came right
back. Rosado was able to land several rights at the
By the eighth round,
Davis was taking punishment whenever he came in. Rosado
controlled most of the round, and Davis was looking
tired. In the ninth, Rosado was going to the body of
Davis. He caught Davis on the ropes and landed a
combination, and then landed a low blow. Davis was given
some time to rest, but it was not enough to really
change the direction of the round. Rosado landed a hard
right to the chin of Davis. Davis, looking as though he
should go down, was able to come right back with a left.
Round ten started with a brawl in the center of the
ring. Rosado landed a combination to the head of Davis.
Davis returned with a combination. Rosado staggered
back. Rosado threw a few weak punches at this point,
which Davis easily countered. The round was back and
forth between the two. But Rosado took control of the
eleventh round. Although it started with a brawl, Rosado
was landing his punches whenever Davis came forward.
Davis’ nose was bleeding. Rosado was setting up his
right with his jab. By the end of the round, Rosado was
chasing Davis down.
By the twelfth round, it
still seemed like it could be anyone’s fight. Davis
rocked Rosado with a hard right to the head. But Rosado
was able to catch Davis in the corner and keep him
there. He unleashed a flurry of punches. Davis had no
where to go, and he was in trouble. Referee Huggins
jumped in, stopping the action at 1:01 in the twelfth.
Even if he had not, it appeared that Davis was on his
way down. What Rosado did not know was that he was ahead
on all of the judges’ scorecards, but he guaranteed
himself the victory anyway.
In the co-feature, Junior Welterweight Ronald Cruz won
by TKO against Dillet Frederick. Cruz was in control of
the fight from the first round. Although Frederick was
having some success with his jab, Cruz was picking his
shots and landed several to Frederick’s body. At the
beginning of the second round, Frederick was keeping
Cruz out. But Cruz quickly turned the direction of the
fight to his favor. He once again was landing hard body
shots and was sneaking his right hook around the
upraised hands on Frederick. It was all over by the
third. Frederick was trying to keep the pressure on
Cruz. Cruz was throwing his upper cut. Cruz staggered
Frederick. He did not jump into finish him off right
away, but seeing that he was hurt, he went right back to
work. The fight was stopped at 2:00 in the third.
The undercard results are as follows:
Featherweight Paul Fernandez won by TKO over Tommy
Garcia in a third round stoppage.
Junior Lightweight Tyrone Luckey won by TKO over Gustavo
Dailey. Luckey controlled the fight from round one. The
fight was stopped at 1:20 in the fourth round.
Junior Welterweight Julio DeJesus won by unanimous
decision over Hector Collado. It was a back and forth
brawl. Both were throwing wild punches, looking for that
elusive knockout. Collado went down in the first three
Heavyweight Bryant Jennings won by unanimous decision
over Theron Johnson.
The night ended with local Atlantic City fighter DeCarlo
Perez, Junior Welterweight, winning by majority decision
over Dontre King.