As first reported by Dan Rafael of ESPN, the winner of the Maciej Sulecki and Gabriel Rosado fight is likely to get a shot at middleweight world titlist Demetrius Andrade, Matchroom Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn stated.
The fight is the co-feature happening on Friday night at the Liacouras Center in Rosado’s hometown of Philadelphia on the Tevin Farmer-Jono Carroll junior lightweight world title card, seen on the streaming service DAZN.
Andrade (27-0, 17 KOs), a former two-time junior middleweight champion, is slated to return to the ring for his second title defense on June 15, as opposed to the originally planned date of June 22nd. The site that match would take place is more than likely the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in his hometown of Providence, Rhode Island, where he has never fought in his 11-year bout career.
“I’m pretty sure that the winner of Saturday’s fight will be the next opponent for Demetrius in June,” Hearn said to ESPN, noting that Sulecki-Rosado has been sanctioned for a regional belt that will put the winner in a good spot to face Andrade. “It’s a massive fight for Gabe and Maciej. We know that DAZN is the home of the middleweights and these two have the opportunity on Friday to unlock the door to the big time.”
— Matchroom Boxing (@MatchroomBoxing) March 13, 2019
Rosado (24-11-1, 14 KOs), comes into this fight having had two prior shots at middleweight titles. Both were back in 2013 and Rosado was unsuccessful in both chances. One was a stoppage by Gennady Golovkin and the other was against Peter Quillin. His last fight was a split draw facing Luis Arias on Nov. 17.
Sulecki (27-1, 11 KOs), of Poland, has yet to challenge for a world title and his only defeat came to the hands of Daniel Jacobs last April. His last fight was in November in Northern Poland, where he won against Jean Michel Hamilcaro by TKO in the second round after Hamilcaro’s corner stopped the fight after he was knocked down in that round four times.