Rosado Dominates Whittaker in IBF Eliminator

Ariel Shnerer / September 24, 2012 - 1:39am

On Friday’s edition of NBC Sports Network Fight Night, Gabriel Rosado (21-5) dominated Charles Whittaker (36-13-2) en route to a TKO in the 10th round in an IBF junior middleweight eliminator.

In other co-featured bouts, Sergey Kovalev (19-0-1) finished off Lionell Thompson (12-2) in the third round, while Antwone Smith (22-4-1) edged previously unbeaten Ronald Cruz (17-1) via split decision after 10 rounds.

The fight card, presented by Main Events, will be re-aired on NBC Sports Network Sept. 24 at 9 p.m. ET.

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Photos: Chris Toney

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.

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