By Sam Constantinou Coulter
This coming weekend at Liverpool’s Echo Arena, fight fans should be prepared to enter a time machine as they witness an old-fashioned tear-up between two old-school, brave warriors in Martin Murray and Gabriel Rosado.
Aged 34 from St Helens, Merseyside, Martin Murray holds a 34-4-1 professional record having challenged for a world title four times unsuccessfully. He has built a reputation for being a tough, determined man who will pit himself against any man but one who ultimately seems to come up just short at genuine world level.
Despite such a sentiment he is regarded by many as one of the unluckiest fighters in the sport today having been on the wrong end of a couple of decisions in his career. Fights with the likes of Felix Sturm and Sergio Martinez could easily have gone his way.
The Martinez fight in 2013 was one in which he should have been crowned world champion but sadly home advantage paid dividends for Martinez as he escaped with a victory on the judge’s scorecards.
Having been defeated by Gennady Golovkin in 2015 Murray made the decision to move up in weight and found himself facing Arthur Abraham for the WBO super middleweight title in another close contest which didn’t go in his favour.
Looking to catapult himself into another world title shot Murray took on fellow Brit George Groves in an enthralling contest which saw both men entertain fans at ringside. Although Murray had periods of success Groves appeared in control for the majority and claimed the points win.
Murray has now taken the decision to move back down in weight which would seem a good idea, He always stated that he could still make middleweight when he moved up but that he believed he would be a better fighter at 168lbs.
Murray seemed to lose part of what made him so successful at middleweight when he moved up and that was his physical strength, At middleweight, he was massive and was able to utilise his strength more effectively.
The St Helens native will know that his fight with Rosado is a must win if he is to realistically aim at challenging for a world title again making him hungrier than ever to walk away victorious on the night,
In order to do so, he will have to defeat a man in 31-year-old American, Gabriel Rosado who is well known to be one of the toughest fighters in the sport.
With a record of 23-10 Rosado is similar to Murray in being a fighter who at world level has come up short but one who has presented his opponents with a tough nights work.
Rosado has fought an incredible list of the top fighters around his weight class with the likes of Alfredo Angulo, Jesus Soto Karass, Gennady Golovkin, J’Leon Love, Peter Quillin, Jermell Charlo, David Lemieux, Joshua Clottey and Willie Monroe Jr all appearing on his record.
Rosado is a throwback fighter who always seems to provide value for money for the paying public with his susceptibility to cuts and at times open defence creating a fan friendly fighter.
The fight itself should prove to be a thrilling one with the respective styles of the two fighters appearing to gel perfectly to create entertainment. Both men will look to come forward and a toe to toe exchange seems likely.
This fight has all the makings of an absolute war and fight of the year contender with two courageous men effectively battling it out to stay relevant in the boxing world. A loss for either would seriously question their futures in the sport,
In terms of looking at each fighters game plan, it seems that Rosado will look to overwhelm Murray with a high work rate and combination punches. Murray in contrast is not known to throw a huge amount of punches and will instead look to slowly break down his opponent whilst holding a high guard.
When analysing this fight and looking to predict a winner Murray would have to be the obvious choice. Whilst Rosado is as game as they come he doesn’t seem to quite possess the necessary skill set to defeat top level opposition.
A hard fought points win in favour of Murray seems the most likely outcome but expect fireworks in a contest many are expecting to be a fight of the year contender.
You do not want to miss this fight!