Derek “Pooh” Ennis vs “King” Gabe Rosado
“One of the greatest Philly fights in recent history”
Battlestrong Boxing congratulates Derek on his second consecutive “Fight of the Year” win.
(PhillyBoxingHistory.com) On July 30, 2010, Derek Ennis and Gabriel Rosado clashed in an old-fashioned “All Philadelphia War” at the South Philly Arena. Attending this fight was like taking a ride in a time machine to an earlier era when the best fighters of Philadelphia faced each other not only for City bragging rights but for the right to step onto the world stage. Everything went right for this one – the match up, the stakes, the crowd, and the ring action. There was a time when fights like these happened all the time, but not anymore. Which is one thing that made it so special. With both men on the verge of top-ten world ranking, they put their friendship aside and went to work. “Pooh” Ennis and “King Gabriel” waged a memorable battle with Rosado taking the early rounds, Ennis claiming the middle of the fight, and Rosado roaring back down the stretch. Both boxers had their moments, but in the end, Derek Ennis defended his USBA Jr. Middleweight Championship with a close 12-round majority decision. It was the no-brainer choice for fight of the year and the landslide voting reflected that.