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Gabe Rosado looks for new beginning in Joshua Clottey fight

Gabe Rosado hasn't had an official boxing win since 2012, but he's hoping for a new lease on his boxing life by beating Joshua Clottey this weekend.

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Wil Esco is an assistant editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2014.

Despite going 0-4 in his last four official boxing matches (discounting his 1-0-1 record in BKB fights), all of Rosado's losses have come against good quality fighters - Gennady Golovkin, Peter Quillin, Jermell Charlo, and David Lemiuex. There was also a loss to J'Leon Love mixed-in there which was ruled a no contest after Love tested positive for a banned diuretic.

The fans love Gabe because he's always willing to make a good fight and go up against anyone, even when it's probably not in his best interest. But Rosado (21-9, 13 KOs) has gotten to a point where he really, really needs a win. And he's hoping a win this weekend over Joshua Clottey (39-4, 22 KOs) will mark a new beginning in his boxing career.

"This fight means a new beginning," he said. "It's the second chapter of my career, and I believe it's truly my time to shine. I know that Clottey is a defensive-minded fighter and will be looking to counter. But I believe that I have the advantage. I'm younger, faster, stronger, and I believe my ring IQ is better."

Rosado has even enlisted the services of former champion Fernando Vargas to train him, hoping his insights can lead him to greener pastures.

"My primary focus is to do everything Fernando tells me to do," Rosado said. "I believe in his information and I'm confident that it will make me a better fighter."

Joshua Clottey, on the other hand, mostly disappeared from the boxing scene after losing to Manny Pacquiao back in 2010, having fought only four times in the last five years. He's currently on a four fight win streak, with the most notable win coming against Anthony Mundine in Australia last year. He too will need a win here if he's to have any semblance of a chance to get another world title shot. No, beating Rosado won't earn him a title shot in and of itself, but a loss would all but rule that out completely.

"I approach it like all my other fights: I train hard, eat correctly, get my rest properly and win," Clottey said. "I know Gabe is very tough and always comes to fight so I expect a hard fight from him. I just will need to stay focused and I do what I need to in order to win.

"I want to be a world champion again, and I believe my experience will help me be one again and know I can do that by winning this fight."

The two men will meet in Verona, NY this weekended at a 158lb catchweight on the Luis Ortiz-Bryant Jennings undercard. And while Rosado-Clottey are on show, their fight will only be aired on a tape delay broadcast on HBO Latino starting at about 12:15am EST.

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