"Canelo or any of them guys aren't going to make Gabby or break him because we're going to carve our own name in this game and we will fight whoever they keep putting in front of us, and we will keep knocking them down. We beat these guys consistently and they are not gonna be able to deny us; eventually, they will have to fight us. At the same time, patience is the virtue. We are staying patient and we are willing to fight whoever. Some people say we will fight whoever, but they really won't fight whoever. Gabby will fight whoever. We will fight King Kong, Godzilla and the Loch Ness Monster," stated world-class trainer Billy Briscoe, who talked about Gabriel Rosado's recent victory over Charles Whitaker, their future plans, and much more. Check it out!
PC: Congrats on the win over Charles Whitaker. How do you feel about Gabe's performance?
BB: I thought Gabe did very well. Charles Whitaker is a very tough guy. He is underrated because he hasn't been seen too much on US soil, but he can really fight. He bit down and he made the last statement of his career and it basically rested on the fight. And he tried to win, but Gabby was just a better fighter that night.
PC: Gabe hasn't been matched easy. Do you want him to just see every style there is to see or is this just the fights you guys can get at the moment?
BB: No, we work on every different kind of style in the gym with different guys. We take whatever fights are available at the time because Gabby is avoided by a lot of top guys, so we have to fight whoever is willing. Like Charles Whitaker was the #1 contender for 3 years or something like that I believe, so he had his little time at the top and we were #3 and he was #2 and we fought for the #1 spot, so that's pretty much why that fight happened. With the Sechew Powell fight, we were supposed to fight Joel Julio, but Julio pulled out of the fight 3 weeks before with no real explanation, so I guess he just didn't want to fight Gabby, but we wish him well. And then they were like, "We can get you Sechew Powell," and we were like, "Get him!" We will fight anybody. Styles make fights and I believe in my guy's style, and his style matches against anybody. At the end of the day, fighters plan their fight and fight their plan, but if all else fails, they gotta make their adjustments and I believe that we make the adjustments better than anybody else in boxing at the moment.
PC: What is the training regimen like for Gabe? I know you guys put a lot of hard work in.
BB: He is receptive to everything that we do. He is very open-minded to all of the different training methods that we use. Nowadays, there aren't too many people doing these methods that I do. Sometimes I will do things and I can see him looking at me like, "Did he just make this up?" And then I will show him where Mike McCallum pulled it off in a fight or I will show him a tape of Charles Burley pulling it off in a fight, so we are able to incorporate it in. If you train the same guys and you give them all of the same tools, it doesn't mean it's wrong; it just may not be right for them. I prefer to do all of my work in a boxing gym, and then we go to a MMA gym and do conditioning. It's good to be old school, but you gotta put the new school with it. We are always gonna incorporate different things, you know, and deal with new techniques and training methods, and we're trying out things and seeing what we can incorporate in our system. If it works, great, because what works for one fighter may not work for another. What works for one fighter might be poison for another, but we will try it. We got Jason Sargus, who in my opinion is the best conditioning guy in the game; any combat sport. This guy is very scientific and he does everything from a scientific approach where he has a protocol. He is just tremendous and he is the best at what he does. We put our heads together and come up with the right plan because at the end of the day, it's not a matter of egos, it's a matter of winning.
PC: Is it frustrating for you that neither K9 Bundrage nor Canelo Alvarez seem to be mentioning Gabe's name as a possible opponent?
BB: It's really frustrating and I don't believe that it's Canelo. Canelo is a real fighter. He has a fighter's mentality. He will probably fight King Kong, just like we will fight King Kong, but he can only fight the people they put in front of him. And the people that are doing his business now, let's be honest, they are protecting him because they see he is a cash cow at 154. He is the goose that laid the golden egg if you will, so of course they gonna protect him. They can get the same money or better money fighting Maidana, and its less risk on their part. Let's be honest, I know styles make fights, but we beat Soto-Karass like he owed us money, and Soto-Karass was on the verge of stopping Maidana until he got careless and got caught pulling straight back with his hands down and ate a right hand and that was pretty much the end of the show. But up until that point, I had him winning, so they know what they are doing. It's smart business. It's frustrating, but at the end of the day, Canelo or any of them guys aren't going to make Gabby or break him because we're going to carve our own name in this game and we will fight whoever they keep putting in front of us, and we will keep knocking them down. We beat these guys consistently and they are not gonna be able to deny us; eventually, they will have to fight us. At the same time, patience is the virtue. We are staying patient and we are willing to fight whoever. Some people say we will fight whoever, but they really won't fight whoever. Gabby will fight whoever. We will fight King Kong, Godzilla and the Loch Ness Monster.
PC: There is a long list of Philadelphia fighters who are considered great. Is there any fighter that Gabriel Rosado reminds you of or is he his own fighter?
BB: The thing with Gabby is he is unique. He's got his own tools and he was fortunate my man Bernard Hopkins, who is a legend and one of the best that ever did it, took Gabby to camp with him 5 times. He was Bernard Hopkins' sparring partner for 5 different camps. He picked the legends brain and he learned some things from him. He learned some things from a lot of different people because he has a high boxing IQ. A lot of people underestimate his boxing IQ. Bernard showed him a lot of things. and some of the things Bernard showed him, he might not use every day, but he will use them on a special occasion so to speak. He uses all of the pieces. He is very good, man. I really can't compare him to anybody because to me, he's like a composite to a lot of different fighters. He can box well, he can counter good, and his pressure game is amazing and that's probably gonna be his forte. And a lot of people don't realize he can fight southpaw. We work on a lot of different things. I don't believe you should be one-dimensional because one-dimensional fighters don't make it far in boxing. You gotta be multi-dimensional. I can count all of the one-dimensional fighters that made it in boxing on one hand and I may have a few fingers left. You gotta have options. The better man is the smarter man and the smarter man will give himself options. You gotta give yourself options.
PC: He has averaged 3 fights a year for the last 3 years. He is already at 3 for the year. Do you plan on going again this year or was the Whitaker fight it?
BB: Yeah, we would like to fight again in December. We wanna keep the rust off and we wanna be ready because the best opportunities in boxing come on short notice. One of these champions might fall out. I mean, Trout might fall out against Cotto and if they offer us Cotto, say no more; send the contract.
PC: I appreciate your time. We will definitely be speaking on a consistent basis. Is there anything you want to add before I let you go?
BB: Thank you for having me on the site. I wanna thank my team. First and foremost, I wanna thank Gabby because he runs this company. If he don't fight, don't nobody eat. I wanna thank Jason Sargus, our conditioning coach; best in the business Brazen Boxing. I'm telling you man, he is the truth. I like to thank Joey Eye, our cutman, and Russell Peltz, our advisor, and Michelle Rosado, our publicist, and all of the members of Team Rosado. Thanks to all of the fans of course.
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