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January 19, 2013

Scott Shaffer @ ringside

Gennady Golovkin TKO7 Gabriel Rosado... Gennady Golovkin's seventh-round stoppage of Gabriel Rosado proved two things: one, Golovkin is one of the top two contenders for Sergio Martinez's world middleweight championship; and two, Rosado is one tough hombre, probably too tough for his own good. Golovkin won every round, and had Rosado bleeding heavily from his left eye starting in the third. Rosado's corner was unable to stop the flow of blood. Early in the sixth, Rosado was staggered by a straight right but hung in there and wound up cutting the top of Golovkin's head with a butt. Both men's trunks were soon stained from a river of blood, mostly Rosado's. The courageous Rosado continued giving it all he had in the seventh, but the amount of blood pouring from his face and mouth was incredible, and his corner threw in the towel as Golovkin was pounding on him. Hopefully Golovkin, holder of the WBA and IBO titles, can face Martinez or IBF champ Daniel Geale some time in 2013.

Sean Monaghan W8 Roger Cantrell... To the delight of his large and vocal Long Island fan base, Sean Monaghan triumphed over a significantly larger Roger Cantrell in an entertaining light heavyweight-vs.-cruiserweight bout. The 177.5-pound Monaghan improved to 17-0, defeating the 184.5-pound Cantrell by scores of 77-75, 78-74 and 79-73. Monaghan outboxed Cantrell throughout, but began bleeding over the left eye in round three. By the next round, Cantrell's nose was leaking blood. Given the size advantage, Monaghan was a little too eager to stand toe-to-toe with Cantrell, although Monaghan's punches were more accurate than Cantrell's wide swings. By the fifth, Monaghan was regularly snapping Cantrell's head back but Cantrell's clubbing blows kept things interesting until the final bell. Cantrell, who showed up about six pounds over his contracted weight, drops to 15-3.

Glen Tapia TKO2 Ayi Bruce... New Jersey junior middleweight Glen Tapia improved to 17-0 by stopping Ayi Bruce (14-9) in the second round. Tapia landed a body shot that took the wind out of Bruce's sails. Bruce went down from that shot and the bout was stopped soon afterwards.

Felix Verdejo TKO1 Tomi Archambault... It took all of 21 seconds for 2012 Puerto Rican Olympian Felix Verdejo to run his pro record to 2-0. A left hook dropped Tomi Archambault, 1-4.  Archambault beat the count but the pained grimace on his face said twenty one seconds was enough for him. Afterwards, the junior lightweight Verdejo said that was the first time he ever knocked anyone out with a left. 

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