Thompson Boxing Promotions’ super featherweight prospect, George “El Yuyu” Acosta (12-1, 1 KO), picked a career-defining win this past Friday, May 7, 2021, as he defeated Gadwin Rosa (11-2, 9 KOs), at the Osceola Heritage Park in Kissimmee, FL. With the win, Acosta captured the vacant WBA Fedecentro Super Featherweight title. The event was promoted by All-Star Boxing and televised by Telemundo.
“I ready to step up and challenge all the top contenders at 130 pounds,” said Acosta. “I have never been one to call out names, but I know that I am deserving of a high-profile fight. I have fought above my weight for most of my career and took this fight on late notice and got the victory. I am ready for anyone and anything and am grateful to Thompson Boxing for believing in me.”
“We’re so proud of George Acosta,” were the first words of promoter Ken Thompson, “Acosta has been in tough early in his career, and now has found a weight class he is supremely confident in. I see Acosta as a fighter who will be getting a big fights as he marches on at super featherweight.”
“George Acosta has grown as a boxer and is the perfect example of a Thompson Boxing fighter,” said Alex Camponovo, Thompson Boxing’s general manager. “George has faced tough competition and learned from a loss, and now he is one of the exciting up-and-comers of Thompson Boxing. We are immensely proud of George.”
“I know that it takes a team to get to the next level and it also takes experience,” concluded Acosta. “I am 24-years-old, and I am right where I need to be. I have never been a disrespectful fighter. I do not call people out, or disrespect them, but I want people to know I am ready to fight anyone. I believe in my team and my promoter, and know good things are coming my way.”
George Acosta won by the following scores 96-94, 97-93 and 98-92, as he defeated Gadwin Rosa by unanimous decision.
Acosta, who is training with coach Jeff Flotree at the Maywood Boxing Gym in Southern California, gives his thoughts on his matchup with Rosa, training camp, fighting in his first 10-round bout, and more.
On his recent training camp:
“I’m in great shape as I just fought in April, so training camp has just continued on from my last fight. I’ve been sparring with a lot of good fighters and my coach Jeff Flotree has been pushing me to my limit. This will be my first 10-rounder and I’m confident I can go the distance if I have too.
On his matchup with Gadwin Roas:
“Rosa and I are at a crossroad in our careers. We both need to win to take everything to the next level. I know he has a lot of power, so I’ll be looking to counter all his power punches. I believe I have the superior boxing skills to come out on top. This will be a very difficult fight, but I’m convinced I’ll be victorious.”
On fighting for the WBA Regular World Title:
“It’s this type of opportunity that a fighter always dreams of when we first start boxing. I’ve been waiting for a big fight and now its here. I going to take full advantage of this moment. I want to thank my promoter Thompson Boxing for always having my back. Kenny and Alex a great people and it will be a special moment to bring home this belt for them.”
On making his televised debut on Telemundo:
“Telemundo has been a staple network for boxing, giving us fighters a platform to showcase our talent to the masses for many years. The fans will see me at my best and I’m looking forward to a great night of boxing. This is my time to shine.”