Aug 042011
"King" Gabriel Rosado

"King" Gabriel Rosado

Philadelphia, PA—Junior middleweights King Gabriel Rosado, of Philadelphia, PA, and Keenan Collins, of Reading, PA, meet for the vacant Pennsylvania State Junior Middleweight Title in a scheduled 10-round contest Friday evening, Sept. 9, at the Asylum Arena, 7 West Ritner Street.

The Rosado-Collins championship bout, which tops a seven-fight card, will be televised live by Telefutura/Univision beginning at 9 p.m.  First of six preliminary bouts begins at 7.30 p.m.

Rosado, 25, is riding the most impressive streak of his career, having won his last three fights, seven of his last nine, 11 of his last 14.  Included in those streaks are victories over former IBF world junior middleweight champ Kassim Ouma, of Uganda, and top contender Saul Roman, of Mexico.

In his last fight July 15 at Bally’s Atlantic City, Rosado (right) knocked out Ayi Bruce, of Ghana, in five rounds.

A pro since 2006, Rosado is 17-5 overall with 10 knockouts.  Never one to turn down a tough assignment, Rosado has beaten Latif Mundy, Jamaal Davis, Jose Stinger Medina and James Moore.  He has lost to Alfredo Angulo, Derek Ennis (majority decision) and Fernando Guerrero (who was on the floor).

Keenan Collins

Keenan Collins

Collins, 34, is coming off a tough 12-round decision loss on June 11 to Charles Whittaker for the vacant USBA junior middleweight title in the Cayman Islands, Whittaker’s backyard.

A pro since 2004, Collins (left) is 13-6-2 overall with nine knockouts.   In his only other fight this year, Collins K0d Jorge Delgado, of Allentown, PA, in the first round at the Sovereign Center in Reading, PA.

Unbeaten welterweight prospect Ronald Cruz, of Bethlehem, PA, will box in the scheduled eight-round semifinal.

Five additional fights complete the card, which is being promoted by Peltz Boxing Promotions, Inc., and Don Chargin Productions.

Tickets are priced at $45 and $65.  They are on sale at the offices of Peltz Boxing Promotions (215-765-0922) and also can be purchased online at

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