Philadelphia has long boasted being the birthplace or at least the adopted home of a host of outstanding fighters, from Joe Frazier to Bernard Hopkins to Danny Garcia, and the latest looking to join that lineage, junior middleweight Gabriel Rosado. Despite earning a shot at IBF-titleholder Cornelius Bundrage, the young Philadelphian is moving up in weight to face WBA middleweight champ Gennady Golovkin on January 19 at Madison Square Garden for both the WBA and IBO straps.
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The Golovkin-Rosado bout is the second of three championship matches on the January 19 MSG card. The opener will feature super featherweight Roman Martinez defending his WBO title for the first time, against Juan Carlos Burgos, while featherweight Orlando Salido will defend his WBO crown against Miguel Angel Garcia in the main bout.
"This is what I have worked hard for, to be a world champion," says Rosado. "I dare to be great."
Eighth-ranked Rosado, 26...