Gabriel Rosado and Curtis Stevens are both coming of losses, and will meet each other to headline the next BKB event on April 4th.
Gabe Rosado and Curtis Stevens are leaving the squared circle for the circled circle. The two middleweights are both coming off losses in the traditional boxing format and are set to face each other in the second BKB event on April 4th, a show that they’ll headline.
An interesting part of this show will be the new technology that will be utilized to enhance the viewing experience of the audience. This enhanced viewing experience will essentially be cultivated through these new boxing gloves that contain a small microchip (containing Bluetooth technology) that will measure the speed and force of the fighter’s punches, displaying the real-time data directly to your television sets. It’s certainly an interesting concept since all fight fans endlessly debate hand speed and punching power, and this new technology looks to provide us with some metrics for that. How accurate it’ll actually be is another story, but as with any new technology, I’m sure there’s always kinks to work out. The new gloves with these chips have been approved by the NSAC after lengthy discussion.
As for the fight itself, it’s a pretty tough call but a good fight. I’m slightly inclined to favor Stevens because I’m really not sure how well Rosado’s face can hold up to any more punishment, and Stevens is a good puncher if nothing else. Prior to the David Lemieux bout, Rosado had underwent a procedure to remove scar tissue in his left eye, which had become a recurring problem as it was getting split open with frightening regularity. I mentioned at the time that though removing scar tissue tends to help a little, it really doesn’t do much to change the condition or elasticity of your skin, and therefore the benefits of the surgery tends to be minimal (particularly when you’re a professional fighter). That more or less proved itself out as we saw the same eye get easily busted up in the Lemieux fight. It didn’t split open this time, but it was clear that he couldn’t withstand any real flush shots without it swelling up tremendously.
Curtis Stevens’ last fight resulted in a unanimous decision loss to Hassan N’Dam, in what appeared to be a pretty uninspired performance by him. In fact, one could argue that his last two fights were pretty uninspired performances. So both Stevens and Rosado are in a place where they’re dangerously close to falling into complete obscurity and a real showing here might be exactly what they both need to get another shot at a big fight. Who do you think takes this fight?