Middleweight prospect J’Leon Love was lucky to come away from the MGM Grand with his undefeated record intact as the Michigan fighter was dropped by Gabriel Rosado before claiming a split decision victory.
Love, 25, looked the classier of the two throughout the first few rounds, although the fight was close until the sixth round when Rosado put him down heavily with a solid shot.
From that point on, Love was weary of the power possessed by Rosado, but was always competitive and as the fight went to the scorecards there could have been an argument for both boxers to gain a close win.
I had the bout even, but with the knockdown for Rosado the card was taken to 95-94 for me – with only one judge in agreement and astonishingly Herb Santos handed in a score of 97-92 for Love.
Third judge Dave Moretti came back with 95-94 to Love handing the Mayweather Promotions fighter the victory and improving his record to 16-0 as fans in the arena booed the final decision.
Also on the night, former IBF bantamweight champion Leo Santa Cruz made a successful switch to 122lbs by stopping the experienced Alexander Munoz in five rounds of a one-side contest.