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Gabriel Rosado batters Glenn Tapia, stops him in 6 rounds

By Ed de la Vega, DDS
PhilBoxing.com
20 Oct 2017



At the first boxing event held at Las Vegas after the brutal attack of a crazed person on concert goers a few days ago, Gabriel Rosado of Philadelphia (24-11-0, 14KO) battered a fast sinking former sparring partner of Manny Pacquiao, Glenn Tapia of New Jersey (23-5-0, 15KO)

Rosado stops Tapia in 6 rounds. Time 1:15.

Prior to the main event of the fight card held by Golden Boy Promotions at the Monte Carlo Resort and Casino, there was a 58 bell homage for all that died during the senseless carnage, that ultimately became one of America’s worse crimes in the century. The gesture is a credit to the Golden Boy Promotions. It was a class act, needless to say.

Tapia was once a great prospect. In fact he went toe to toe with many contenders like Jason Quigley and David Lemieux although he lost to both of them.

But it seems from our perspective, Tapia was never the same after the unfortunate fight with James Kikland in December 2013. From what I remember, the fight with Kirland was allowed to go more than it should by the referee Steve Smogger. From that fight Tapia was not the same anymore.

Although he seem to have bounced back after the Kirland fight with three straight victories by TKO over Keenan Collins, Donatas Bondorovas and Daniel Dawson he lost by TKO to a Michael Sorro and David Lemieux and by a UD by Jason Quigley immediately thereafter.

Tonight however, on a fight shown live on ESPN, Tapia appears to have sunk to a lower low. He was never on the fight with Rosado. He appeared flat-footed and didn’t seem to have any more zip in his punches. Rosado sensed that and he chased Tapia from pillar to post implicating heavy damage including a large hematoma on the left forehead of Tapia. Rosado dropped Tapia early in round six but Tapia beat the count. However, the end was just a delayed event. The referee, Robert Byrd however was right on. He stopped the fight when Tapia was left unable to throw back.

To make matters worse for himself, Tapia used a lousy mouthguard that came off during a heated exchange on ring center. For a fighter of Tapia’s caliber to use such a poorly fitted mouthguard is beyond me. I simply cant understand why his trainer allowed him to use such a lousy devise.

Tapia is still young and may have plenty of gas left in his tank. But, from our perspective, perhaps it would do him good if he considers hanging his gloves. Perhaps one “feel-good” fight against someone he could beat would a great one for Tapia. After all, he gave his all and boxing owes him at the very least a thank you.


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