Junior middleweight Derek ‘Pooh’ Ennis will defend his United States Boxing Association (USBA) junior middleweight title against ‘King’ Gabriel Rosado in an all-Philadelphia showdown Friday evening, July 30, at the Arena (formerly New Alhambra), 7 West Ritner Street in South Philadelphia. The scheduled 12-round championship fight tops a seven-bout card which begins at 7.30 p.m.
“Philadelphia’s boxing history has been punctuated by some of the fiercest neighborhood brawls,” said Hall-of-Fame promoter J Russell Peltz. “You can go all the way back to Lew Tendler in the early days of the century and run right through my career with matches like Bennie Briscoe vs. Cyclone Hart. These are the local fights that made Philly a boxing capitol for a long time. I hope the Ennis-Rosado fight can help to jump-start other potential local matches which can help Philadelphia reclaim its place among the best boxing towns in the country.”
Ennis, 29, is from the Germantown section of Philadelphia. He won the vacant USBA title last Oct. 16 when he earned a unanimous 12-round decision over Eromosele Albert, of Miami FL.
In two non-title fights since then, Ennis K0d Edwin Vasquez, of Santurce, Puerto Rico, and out-pointed Jose Adelaydo Gonzalez, of Garden City, KS.
A pro since 2002, Ennis has a record of 21-2-1, 13 K0s. He also holds the Pennsylvania State Junior Middleweight title which he won by beating another Philadelphian, Troy Browning, in 2008.
Ennis is ranked No. 12 in the world by the International Boxing Federation (IBF), No. 31 by the World Boxing Council (WBC).
Rosado, 24, of North Philadelphia, got this title shot the old-fashioned way—he earned it.
Never one to duck a hard fight, Rosado first made a name for himself in 2008 when he upset then 15-0 James Moore over eight rounds in the latter’s New York backyard.
In his next fight, Rosado had unbeaten Fernando Guerrero on the floor, but lost a close eight-round decision in Guerrero’s Salisbury, MD., hometown.
After that, Rosado beat former IBF world champion Kassim Ouma, of Uganda, Philly rival Latif Mundy and fringe contender Saul Roman, of Tijuana, in his last fight Feb. 27 at Bally’s Atlantic City.
Rosado’s only setback in his last five fights came last summer when he was stopped by top contender Alfredo Angulo, of Mexico, in Primm, NV.
A pro since 2006, Rosado has a record of 14-4, 8 K0s.
Tickets priced at $50 and $75 are on sale at the offices of Peltz Boxing Promotions (215-765-0922) and also can be purchased online at www.peltzboxing.com.