Gabriel Rosado vs Glen Tapia Full Fight Breakdown
By Sevak Sarkisian
On October 19th , fight fans around the world will be treated to an exciting middleweight clash between Glen Tapia (23-4 15KO’s) and Gabriel Rosado (23-11 13KO’s) taking place at the Monte Carlo Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas and will be aired live on ESPN as part of the Golden Boy Boxing on ESPN series.
Glen Tapia stands at 5’11 and possesses a 70”reach. He usually fights in a come forward
aggressive style and has good size and strength for a middleweight. Years ago, he was a young
prospect signed to Top Rank and was being brought along well until they matched him up with
James Kirkland in his first step up in class. I was sitting ringside for that fight covering the event
and it was by far the most brutal/violent beatdown I’ve witnessed live. In my humble opinion,
the fight should have been stopped about 2 to 3 rounds before it was. Tapia showed true heart
Tapia showed true heart and grit but was simply overwhelmed by the more experience Kirkland. This was a classic case
This was a classic case of the corner being braver than the fighter and unfortunately, that fight may have taken
something out of Tapia. Since that brutal Kirkland loss, he has lost every fight against
good/decent opposition including TKO losses to Michel Soro and David Lemieux. However, this
past March, he fought undefeated Golden Boy middleweight prospect Jason Quigley and went
the full distance while also making it a competitive and fun fight to watch.
Gabriel Rosado, on the other hand, is a well-known veteran who stands at 5’11 ½ in height and
possesses a 72-inch reach. He has been fighting as a professional since 2006 and has some
quality wins under his belt such as Kassim Ouma, Saul Roman, Jesus Soto Karass, Sechew Powell
and Joshua Clotty. He started his career in the 154lb division but has been fighting as a
middleweight since he moved up to fight Golovkin in 2013. Rosado has been through some
tough fights and has never seemed to get the benefit of the doubt when in close fights. He
doesn’t possess punching power and has yet to score a knockout win at the middleweight limit.
Stylistically, I would have to categorize him as a boxer. He usually works off the jab and uses
movement and never relies on a knockout to win. However, in my humble opinion Rosado
However, in my humble opinion Road seemingly only does enough to stay in the fight or make it competitive whenever he fights at the high level. For example, when he fought Peter Quillin back in 2013 it seemed to me like he
was just doing enough to stay in the fight and by the time he started to pick up the pace and
intensity it was already too late.
With all that being said, this seems to be an evenly matched fight with both fighters desperately
needing the win in order to keep their careers up float. I expect both fighters to give it their all
because they both know what is at stake. I personally am greatly looking forward to this fight
and expect a fun scrap!