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Super Middleweights "King" Gabe Rosado and "Bully" Bektemir Melikuziev Meet in Vegas for Rematch

Marie Y. Lemelle, MBA

“King” Gabe Rosado gave the crowd at the media workout a glimpse of what to expect when he meets Bektemir Melikuziev in a much-anticipated rematch on Saturday, April 22 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Photo: Chris Esqueda/Golden Boy Media

If you are a Creed movie fan, you may remember watching “King” Gabe Rosado as Leo “The Lion” Sporino in the 2015 boxing film. After Rosado’s knockout acting debut, he’s been in the ring taking on tough fights and knocking out opponents.

In 2021, boxing enthusiasts witnessed the stunning knockout punch Rosado delivered to Silver Medal Olympian “Bek the Bully “Bektemir Melikuziev. That KO earned Rosado the WBA Continental Americas and WBO International super middleweight titles.

“Bek the Bully” Bektemir Melikuziev, 26 years old, works out at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Photo: Premier Boxing Champions.

Philly’s own will face the Republic of Uzbekistan super middleweight for a long-awaited rematch in Las Vegas on Saturday, April 22 at the T-Moblie Arena. Rosado (26-16-1, 15 KOs) and Melikuziev (11-1, 9 KOs) are scheduled 10-round bout is one of several undercards that will lead up to the co-main events.

“I am confident, I will right the wrong,” said Melikuziev. “It’s going to be an exciting fight, a banger, a war.”


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Thirty-seven-year-old Rosado vows to repeat his victory. “I am taking this as a challenge," said Rosado. "I am taking it personally that he thought the first fight was a fluke. It upset me. That’s my motivation. I did it once and will do it again."

The pay-per-view telecast will begin at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT and features Cuban star and WBA Super Middleweight Champion David Morrell Jr. battling Olympic Bronze Medalist Yamaguchi Falcao in the co-main event. Kicking off the telecast will be hard-hitting 19-year-old middleweight Elijah Garcia facing rugged Kevin Salgado of Mexico in a 10-round showdown.

“Tank” Gervonta Davis and “King Ry” Ryan Garcia headline the SHOWTIME PPV® production taking place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas in an event presented by Premier Boxing Champions.

The non-title PPV 12-round showdown is between two unbeaten knock-out artists “Tank” Gervonta Davis (28-0, 26 KOs) at 5’5″ and “King Ry” Ryan Garcia at 5’10” (23-0, 19 KOs). The tale of the tape is impressive; Davis with eight 1st round knockouts and 5 second round knockouts. Garcia landed eight 1st round KOs and 6 second round knockouts.

“This is a huge fight for boxing. It can really change the trajectory of the sport and inspire young fighters to get it on right now. People are going to love you. They’re going to see that you went out there and you fought the best and you gave it your all," said Garcia. "Even if you win or even if you lose, you showed them what a champion is in life. You just get right back up and you don’t let negative people that won’t even dare to do anything keep you down because you know where you’re going in life. To me, this is important to everybody that it takes courage to go after something that nobody believed you could do."

“Ryan is gonna have to show me that he has more than just a left hook. I’m gonna be on point that night because I’m getting ready for the best Ryan Garcia. I just don’t feel that he’s a complete fighter and come April 22 I’m gonna show him," said Davis. “This win would mean a lot. Beating someone young, explosive and in their prime says a lot. I feel like this fight is big for the sport. We’re drawing in a lot of people and a win on that night is really like winning a world title again."

Who will reign as the new face of boxing? When the final bell rings, the world will know.


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Marie Y. Lemelle, MBA is a global public relations consultant, playwright, book author, and film producer. She is the founder and owner of Platinum Star Public Relations, Platinum Star Media Group, The Black Hollywood Entertainment, a non-profit, and other business enterprises.

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