Two veteran boxers in need of a win will meet at the crossroads.
BoxingScene.com has learned that plans are in place for a middleweight clash between Gabriel Rosado and Shane Mosley Jr. The bout will serve in supporting capacity to the return of top lightweight contender Ryan Garcia, who faces Ghana’s Emmanuel Tagoe atop an April 9 show from Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.
Rosado and Mosley are both coming off competitive losses in their previous fights.
Philadelphia’s Rosado (26-14-1, 15KOs)—who now lives in Los Angeles and trains in Hollywood—came up short in a spirited twelve-round slugfest with former WBO junior middleweight champ and current middleweight contender Jaime Munguia (39-0, 31KOs) last November at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California. The hard-fought defeat came five months after a career-resurrecting third-round knockout of unbeaten Bektemir Melikuziev last June in El Paso, Texas.
The fight with Mosley will mark his sixth to air on DAZN, along with one other bout taking place on the non-televised undercard of a DAZN show. The 36-year-old former title challenger has remained a fan favorite during a 16-plus year career known for his willingness to accept any opponent with few questions asked.
Mosley (17-4, 10KOs) has not fought since a disputed ten-round, majority decision defeat to Ireland’s Jason Quigley last May 29 in Las Vegas. It was a bitter pill to swallow for the second-generation boxer, as Quigley went on to challenge for the WBO middleweight title in his next fight.
The defeat snapped a steady run for Mosley, whose father Shane Sr. is a Hall of Fame-elected former three-division champion. The younger Mosley claimed a fifth-round stoppage of Cristian Olivas last February in Indio, California, his fourth straight win after dropping a ten-round decision to Brandon Adams in the season five finale of ‘The Contender’ in November 2018.
Rosado-Mosley comes as part of a card that will see Victorville, California’s Garcia (21-0, 18KOs) fight for the first time since an off-the-canvas, seventh-round knockout of England’s Luke Campbell last January.
The 15-month stretch between fights included a mental health reset for Garcia along with physical rehabilitation following surgery to repair his injured right wrist. The fight with Tagoe (32-1, 15KOs) will mark his first under new head trainer Joe Goossen following his recent split from two-time and reigning Trainer of the Year Eddy Reynoso.
Jake Donovan is a senior writer for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox