GABRIEL ROSADO ON SELF CONFIDENCE AND SUCCESS IN AND OUT OF THE RING
Gabriel Rosado (professional middleweight boxer) grew up in Philly and always considered himself an athlete, however, it wasn’t until the age of eighteen that he set foot in a boxing gym for the first time. “The coach took one look at me and told me I should stick to basketball…he thought I was too old.” According to Gabe, he made it halfway down the street that day before he heard another coach (Billy Briscoe) come chasing after him. “He saw something in me, but it was up to me to show him I had heart. You can’t teach heart.”
Growing up in the streets of Philadelphia, Gabe was often required to defend himself. “I knew how to fight at school and on the block but fighting in the ring was totally different.” When asked if boxing was something he always wanted to do, Gabe laughed and explained “Boxing is a poor man’s sport. Why would anyone want to get punched in the mouth!” His intimidating demeanor, somewhat pacified by his charm and sense of humor. “My sister didn’t believe me when I used to tell her, but I always knew I would end up on H.B.O “
According to Gabe, the most important part of any boxer’s career is finding a coach who helps a fighter tap into his confidence and teaches him discipline. “The thing that’s missing today in boxing is discipline. Everyone wants to be Floyd but they aren’t Floyd, they’ll never be Floyd”. According to Rosado, the mental aspect of boxing is more important than the flashing lights. “Boxing is not a sport, you put your life on the line every time you step in the ring. Boxing will test your heart…it’s either in you or it isn’t” Gabe explains that finding the right coach can take some time but he believes it to be an essential part of any boxer’s career.
Rosado’s confidence and dedication in the ring have afforded him opportunities that most people only dream of. In 2014 he received a call from a talent agent in Los Angeles who convinced him to move out West to pursue entertainment. Although Gabe’s first agency ended up being “a fraud,” it was only four months before he met someone who geared him in the right direction. “I was at the gym when a guy named Rob came up to me, he said they were shooting a movie about boxing and he thought I would be a good fit. The next thing I knew I was working with Stallone and Michael B. Jordan.” Gabe’s self-confidence and openness landed him a role in the movie Creed that was released in 2015.
“I believe anything is possible. My life has always worked out that way.” Rosado (now a free agent) is looking to fight again in May or June of this year and says he feels healthy, strong, and confident. Although Rosado is now a California resident he says his family still supports him and comes to watch his fights as often as possible. When asked if he would ever consider letting his two young daughters get into boxing he responded, “Why would they ever have to?” Rosado’s faith in himself has lead to continued success not only in the ring but in other unexpected areas of life that have allowed him to provide for his family and the freedom to chose the legacy he leaves behind.