Middleweights Gabriel Rosado and Willie Monroe Jr. are short on talent, but one of them could earn a big money fight against Mexican star Saul Canelo Alvarez if they win their head to head match-up on September 17 at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Golden Boy Promotions are interested in matching the winner of this fight against Canelo in December if they don’t put the 26-year-old in with WBO middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders.
Canelo will be moving up in weight to the middleweight division. What we don’t know is who he’ll be fighting in December, and we don’t know what weight he’ll be at. Yes, Canelo will be moving up in weight, but we don’t know whether he’ll fall back to his own pattern of fighting at a catch-weight to gain an edge against whoever he faces.
“The big prize is Canelo. The winner of (Rosado-Monroe) could very well be fighting Canelo in December,” said Golden Boy Promotions vice president Eric Gomez.
It won’t be a great fight if Golden Boy matches the winner of the Rosado vs. Monroe contest against Canelo, because those guys aren’t big stars, big names or very good fighters. Rosado (23-9, 13 KOs) has only recently stopped losing all the time after suffering four defeats in a short period of time in a two-year period in 2013-14. Monroe Jr. (20-2, 6 KOs) is no better. He was stopped by Gennady Golovkin last year in a sixth round TKO defeat. Monroe quit in the 6th after getting knocked down by GGG. A lot of boxing fans don’t understand why Monroe didn’t keep fighting after he got back up, because the fans wanted to see him go out on his shield rather than quitting the way he did.
Golden Boy’s No.1 option for Canelo is WBO belt holder Billy Joe Saunders, but that doesn’t mean that the fight will get put together. Saunders already passed on the idea of fighting Golovkin, Monroe Jr, and Rosado. If Golden Boy is going to get him to agree to a fight against Canelo, then they’re going to need to throw some serious money at him because he’s probably not going to want to give up his title so easily like that. Saunders isn’t that good of a fighter, and if he signs for a fight against Canelo or even mediocre guys like Monroe and Rosado, he would be effectively giving away his title.
“We’re keeping all the doors open,” Gomez said. “Obviously, we weren’t able to get the fight done with Billy Joe Saunders. I haven’t closed the door yet. But look, we got two guys that are going to go at it. This is a real fight. Gabe wants to prove that he still belongs and is in the upper echelon of boxing. And Willie Monroe wants to do the same thing. If these guys put on a great fight and a great show, we’re going to keep all avenues open, all doors open. I don’t see why the winner of this fight shouldn’t get a Canelo fight.”