Fernando Vargas working with Gabriel Rosado in Las Vegas (Photo: Instagram)
By Chris Robinson
On Saturday night, Dec. 19, Philadelphia’s Gabriel Rosado will return to the ring for an HBO Latino-televised showdown with former welterweight champion Joshua Clottey.
The Rosado-Clottey scrap goes down from the Turning Stone Resort & Casino in Verona, New York underneath the Luis Ortiz vs. Bryant Jennings headliner.
Rosado has been training diligently in Las Vegas inside of the El Feroz Fight Factory, under the watchful eye of former junior middleweight champion Fernando Vargas.
The Rosado-Vargas pairing is an interesting one and we caught up with Fernando recently to get his thoughts on the union.
“It’s great,” Vargas said of the chance encounter. “Gabe listens, man. He also is a great learner. He picks up quickly. He barely started fighting when he was just 18. It’s really just amazing how far he has gotten on just a few amateur fights. He’s still learning a lot. The last week was the most amazing week that we had and I think you are going to see something very special on the 19th.”
Vargas says that Rosado ringed him up to use his gym earlier this year and later followed up about his services as a trainer. Vargas didn’t hesitate to take him in, and is excited about what this weekend holds.
“It’s something that I have been praying about. I know it’s all God’s work and it’s going to lead to a bigger fight for him. Gabe is a warrior with a lot of talent. A lot of raw talent that we are finessing. He’s looking great. The moves, the different punches that I am asking him to use. I think you are going to see him [being] very explosive with Clottey.”
Check below for the full interview with Vargas, including Rosado’s sparring sessions with Vegas fighters Lanell Bellows and Don Cameron.
Chris Robinson can be reached at CRobinson@hustleboss.com