Love & Boxing with Michelle Rosado
The sport of boxing has been around for over a hundred years and will be around for at least a hundred more. It’s a sport that has seen its share of ups and downs, but just like any roller coaster ride, we always seem to comeback for more. Maybe it’s the thrills, the chills, the excitement, the feeling you get at the pit of your stomach that is there to remind you that a single punch can change things at any given moment. The sport of boxing provides just that and much more; it’s such a sweet sight for sour eyes, maybe that’s another reason why boxing is also known as the sweet science. More than anything, the art form of the sport is what makes boxing very unique, mainly because every movement is artistic. The body becomes a weapon, but ones body is not the only thing that gets pushed, it’s the mind that meets these challenges dead on and it is right then and there that boxing then becomes a part of your soul. I remember watching the movie Brown Sugar and I remember the film’s lead character asking, when did you first fall in love with Hip Hop? Hearing this question in my head got me thinking of what it was about the sport of boxing that first sparked my passion and made me come back for more. For this Valentines issue, we do just that, we tap into the love of it all and find out how deep is the love. Hope you all enjoy.
Michelle Rosado, boxing promoter and CEO of Face II Face Events. Rosado’s next show will be on May 4th, Fight Night 4 inTucson at the Desert Diamond Casino.
Where were you when you first encountered boxing?
Rosado- My Dad had people over at the house. I was allowed to stay up late…I was probably 8 or 9 years old. I believe it was Mike Tyson who was fighting. I didn’t even know what was going on, but everyone was so excited and cheering and partying. I was fascinated and hooked.
2. Who was the fighter that first grabbed your attention and made you come back for more?
Rosado- I really liked Tommy Hearns, but it was Mike Tyson who totally grabbed my attention. He was a character. He was intimidating. He was controversial. You never knew what was going to come out his mouth or what he would do in the ring. He was knocking people out cold in the most dramatic ways. He was fast, powerful, and had good defense.
3. What 3 things do you love the most about boxing?
Rosado- 1. Its history
2. The glory of a boxer’s victory. I have so much respect for the discipline, the will power, the strategic aspect, and all the sacrifices boxers make to prepare for a fight.
3. The adrenaline rush and thrill I get watching fights. You just never know the outcome. In a split second, there can be great unforeseen knockout! There is nothing like it.
4. When did you fall in love with boxing?
Rosado- I fell IN LOVE with boxing in the mid-90s when Felix “Tito”Trinidadreally hit the scene. His pride, heart, passion, and charisma was undeniable and captivating.