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Gabriel Rosado Questions Legality of Golovkin Gloves: “I Just Felt Straight, Solid Wraps"

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COMMENTARY | Nine months after the fact and on the verge of another run at a middleweight title, Gabriel Rosado has come forward with a serious allegation regarding Gennady Golovkin and an issue with the Kazakhstani's gloves.

Rosado was stopped in the seventh round of a bid for Golovkin's WBA middleweight title in January in a brutal bout that saw the challenger from Philadelphia mangled into a bloody mess.

"He never really rocked me or anything like that, but he's a solid puncher," Rosado told media, gathered to report on this Saturday's bout with WBO champ, Peter Quillin in Atlantic City. "I do believe that his gloves are different than any other fighter that I've fought before. I could tell you that right now. We both fought with Grants, but for whatever reason his Grants were missing a little more cushion on the knuckles. And we had a problem with that, and they said that the gloves were approved [by the New York State Athletic Commission].

"When he hit me in the first round, I just felt straight, solid wraps…It wasn't like it was just the impact of the glove. It felt like a little bat hitting the top of my head.

"I've never got cut in a fight. Only by a head-butt, which was four years ago. I got cut twice [over] the same eye in the second round [against Golovkin]. [Matthew] Macklin got cut early in their fight as well. It's just kind of suspect about them gloves."

In response to Rosado's indirect accusations, Golovkin's promotional representative, Tom Loeffler, defended his fighter and explained why the offensive dynamo has a custom made Grant glove that looks slightly different from other standard gloves.

"In our agreement with Rosado and with [promoter] Russell Peltz," Loeffler told Boxingscene, "we specifically had in there that they could bring the gloves that they would like, the brand and the model that they would prefer to use, and Gennady would bring the brand that he would prefer to use...When the gloves were opened, there was a comment made [by Rosado] about how the gloves were smaller, or something to that effect. But the New York commission [approved]. They were clearly 10-ounce gloves and if they were smaller gloves, it's not like the padding is moved [on] a smaller glove from the back to the wrist or anything like that. If you have a smaller glove, it's really more padding in the front. It's just Gennady has small hands, so there's different-sized gloves, although you have to keep the same weight."

Rosado's insinuation is similar to one tossed at Antonio Margarito by two-time victim Kermit Cintron, who, on several occasions, hinted that something odd was going on with the Mexican's gloves. As it would turn out, several fights later Margarito was discovered trying to enter the ring with altered hand wraps prior to a bout with Shane Mosley and subsequently lost his license to fight in the state of California. Post-wraps scandal, the previously hard-punching Margarito would never score a knockout our stoppage again in his career and would eventually sustain career-ending injuries to his eye at the hands of Manny Pacquiao.

Of course, there's no reason at all to suggest that Golovkin is doing anything wrong. It's just that glove and hand wrap scandals are a part of the sport's history and fighter management needs to be aware of such things before sending their fighter to the ring. Team Rosado apparently did bring the issue of Golovkin's gloves to the attention of the commission, but was turned away. Maybe they should've fought harder if they felt it was such a major issue.

"We tried [to protest]," Rosado said, "but the fight was the next day and so much [expletive] was going on that I was just focused on the fight. I guess I really couldn't put too much thought into it."

So close to his second shot at a middleweight world title, Rosado is tossing this warning to Curtis Stevens, who will face Golovkin on November 2, telling the heavy-handed challenger that he "definitely has to look out for" the type of glove Golovkin brings to the ring.

Rosado has always shown himself to be an honest, no-nonsense type of guy and there's no reason to believe that there's any hint of sour grapes involved in what he told the media. Maybe there is something fishy about Golovkin's gloves…or maybe Rosado just got blasted by one of the sport's best punchers. In boxing, the truth usually has a way of fighting its way to the surface.

Paul Magno was a licensed official in the state of Michoacan, Mexico and is the author of Notes from the Boxing Underground. His work can also be found on Fox Sports and as Editor-in-Chief of The Boxing Tribune. In the past, Paul has done work for Inside Fights, The Queensberry Rules and Eastside Boxing. For breaking news, additional analysis, and assorted crazy commentary, follow him on Facebook, @TheBoxingTribune or on Twitter, @BoxingBTBC.

Sources: Boxingscene, Ring TV

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