Posted by Press Releases on Sep 24, 2012
Rosado Defeats Whitaker to Earn IBF 160 Title Shot

Rosado Defeats Whitaker to Earn IBF 160 Title Shot

NBC Sports Network will re-air the September 21st “Fight Night” broadcast on Monday, September 24th at 9PM ET. The show was promoted by Main Events and Peltz Boxing. To find the location of the NBC Sports Network on your local cable, satellite or IPTV provider, go to:

Gabriel Rosado, 21-5, 13 KOs, Philadelphia, earned a shot at the IBF junior middleweight world title with a 10th round TKO of Charles Whittaker, Cayman Islands, 36-13-2, 21 KOs, in the main event at the Sands Casino Resort in Bethlehem, PA. The title eliminator bout was scheduled for 12 rounds. Rosado knocked Whittaker down four times, once in the fifth, once in the seventh and twice in the tenth, before referee Steve Smoger stopped the fight at 1:50 of round ten.

Also on the broadcast in a spectacular show of power, light heavyweight Sergey Kovalev, Chelyabinsk, Russia, 19-0-1, 16 KOs, stopped Buffalo, NY’s Lionell Thompson, 12-2, 8 KOs, at 14 seconds of round number three. Thompson hit the deck twice in round two, and once again in the third before referee Gary Rosato halted the fight.

Miami welterweight Antwone Smith, 22-4-1, 12 KOs, scored an upset victory over previously undefeated Ronald Cruz, 17-1, 12 KOs, with a 10-round split decision. Cruz lost for the first time as a professional before a near-sellout hometown Bethlehem crowd. Judge George Hill scored the fight 96-94 for Cruz, but both Dave Braslow and David Greer overruled with scores of 94-94 for Smith.

Cruz – Smith – Photo Credits to Chris Toney

(All times ET and subject to change)

Monday, September 24 – 9 p.m.
Tuesday, September 25 – 1 a.m.

(All times ET and subject to change)

Saturday, December 8
9 p.m. – 11 p.m.
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Saturday, December 22
4 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturday, January 19
9 p.m. – 11 p.m.
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9 p.m. – 11 p.m.
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