Gabriel Rosado's trainer Billy Briscoe says his fighter is ready to face either Canelo Alvarez or the winner of the Andre Berto-Cornelius Bundrage fight in order to become recognized as a world champion in the 154-pound division.
Tommy Dangerously, The Koncrete Jungle: "We just saw (Rosado) fight on prime time TV, it's a great thing fights are back on prime time, wouldn't you say?"
Billy Briscoe: "Most definitely. All the exposure we can get, the better."
Tommy Dangerously: "It was a great fight, it was a great victory, a very seasoned pro in Whittaker."
Billy Briscoe: "Well that guy was crafty, man. He had an underrated defense and he was very crafty. He know how to win, you know what I mean? Plus he hadn't lost in, what about seven or eight years, so he had a winning attitude. And he was a little on the aging side to the extent where he probably knew this was his last stand. So he pulled a Custer and made his last stand."
Tommy Dangerously: "It was a very heroic battle by both of them. The younger, stronger guy should have won, and he did win, and he won it in a great fashion. But at the end of the fight, he called out Canelo Alvarez. Was that the plan for after the fight?"
Billy Briscoe: "Yeah, we want to fight Canelo. We're just gonna keep chipping away until we get it. Because for real, Canelo don't make us and he don't break us. We don't really need Canelo to make a name for ourselves. (Rosado's) carving a niche out for himself the old-fashioned way, the hard way, taking the road less traveled. But if we could get the Canelo fight, that would be great. No disrespect to Canelo, I like him, I think he's a hell of a fighter. And he's good for boxing because he brings fans to boxing that normally wouldn't be boxing fans, per se.
"So obviously it would be good for us to fight him. We're from the school of thought where to be the best, you gotta beat the best. So he's perceived to be the best right now at 154, so we wanna beat him. To be the man, you beat the man. He's a perceived superstar, so if we beat him, we become the superstar. So yeah, definitely, we'd like to fight him. But Golden Boy's doing their thing. They're building him, they're bringing him along, they're picking their spots. I ain't got nothin' bad to say about him. I wish him the best."
Tommy Dangerously: "You guys are the No. 1 contender for (Cornelius 'K9' Bundrage's IBF title). That's depending on whether or not he pulls it out versus Berto. What are your thoughts on that fight?"
Billy Briscoe: "Whoever wins, it doesn't matter to me. We'll fight either/or. It really doesn't matter. It's a politics game now. We're the no. 1 contender. K9 Bundrage has to defend against us inside of six months, which would be in March sometime. But you know, it's a politics game now. They'll probably file for an extension, and to take a fight in between, and things of that nature. You know, if he fights Berto in December, hey, more power to him. Let the man get paid. Let him make a payday. We're all in this to be the best, but at the end of the day, you gotta make money to feed the family. So let him make a payday. I'd be more than happy to see him make it. If he wins, that's great, if he doesn't win, that's OK for us, too. Because at the end of the day, we're still the mandatory challenger.
"If the fight's in December and they give him six months, we might not fight until June. At the end of the day, we're just going to maintain our position, we're gonna fight and stay active, and whoever we get the opportunity to fight for the title, so be it. We're not calling out anybody but whoever the IBF feels as though we need to fight to be the champion of the world, and we'll fight them people. But we're also rated in the top ten in the world by the WBO and the WBC, so I mean, if a title becomes available in them slots, we can take that as well. Our ultimate goal wasn't just to become world champion. That's just step A. Our ultimate goal is to become world champion, unify the title, win the recognition as the Ring title, the Ring belt, and become recognized as one of the pound-for-pound best in the world. That's our ultimate goal."