HBO and Golden Boy have just added two fights to a scheduled December 19th card co-headlined by Luis Ortiz vs. Bryant Jennings and Nicholas Walters vs. Jason Sosa. Gabriel Rosado (21-9, 13 KOs) will now be taking on Joshua Clottey (39-4, 22 KOs) in a 10-round bout which will be contested at a catch weight of 158lbs. Also added to the card is a light heavyweight fight between Yunieski Gonzalez (16-1, 12 KOs) and Vyacheslav Shabranskyy (14-0, 12 KOs).
All four fights will be held at the Turning Stone Casino Resort in Verona, New York. Ortiz-Jennings and Walters-Sosa will be featured on HBO's Boxing After Dark on the flagship station, with Rosado-Clottey and Gonzalez-Shabranskyy airing right before on HBO Latino.
"We worked hard to put this card together and we're very happy with it," De La Hoya told ESPN.com. "Four really good fights on one card. It will be a great night to end the year with a bang."
Despite Gabe Rosado being winless in his last five professional boxing matches (which don't include any of his BKB fights), he always seems to make for an entertaining scrap which has endeared him to fans. Joshua Clottey, on the other hand, has had several long stretches of inactivity, with him having fought only twice in the last year and a half.
"Clottey is going up a little bit in weight and Rosado is going down a little bit in weight," De La Hoya said. "Besides it being a good fight, I think the winner will put himself back in line for an even bigger fight with any of the top junior middleweights or middleweights."
Yunieski Gonzalez raised some eyebrows over the summer when the 30-year-old Cuban defector took on Jean Pascal in his debut on HBO. Gonzalez lost a close fight on the scorecards, but some people believe he deserved the nod that night. Now he'll get another chance to make an impression when he takes on undefeated 28-year-old Ukrainian Vyacheslav Shabranskyy.
"Gonzalez and Pascal was a great fight and we saw what Gonzalez could do, so we know we're throwing Shabranskyy into the fire. But the winner will be knocking on the door to fight the best light heavyweights," De La Hoya said. "We promote Shabranskyy and, of course, I'm rooting for my guy, but this is a 50-50 fight."
Altogether, this sounds like it could be a pretty fun show and not a bad way to close out the year.