Michelle Rosado fell in love boxing early.
Call it the love at first fight.
Years later, it’s not just a love but a passion and a profession. She’s the CEO of Face to Face Events.
“Growing up, I didn’t get to attend many live matches,’’ said Rosado, 32. “We watch them all of TV. The big fights were as big as the Super Bowl in our house. There is nothing like the adrenaline rush and the thrill I got from watching boxing. I gained so much respect for boxers at an early age. Their discipline, their will power, the strategic aspect and all the sacrifices they make are admirable to me.’’
The glory of a boxer’s victory was her lure. And “indescribable’’ attraction, she said. But isn’t that loves is all about?
The fighter’s punch, too, was a draw. Fighters like hard-hitting Tommy Hearns and Mike Tyson were intriguing – breathtaking.
“Mike Tyson was who totally got me hooked,’’ she said. “He was intimidating and controversial. He was knocking people out cold in the most dramatic ways. But I fell IN LOVE with boxing with Felix “Tito” Trinidad hit the scene. The first BIGTIME fight I went to was Trinidad vs. Winky Wright in Las Vegas.’’
It was May 15, 2005.
Seven years later, she’s in the boxing biz and will be promoting her first fight in Tucson: Noche De Boxeo at the Desert Diamond Casino on May 4. It’ll be her fourth in Arizona.
Viva la Fiesta! Que viva boxing!
“Our mission is to bring quality professional boxing events back to Arizona,’’ she said. “We provide fans the opportunity to see local favorites, rising prospects and top amateurs in Arizona. We will always pride ourselves on maintaining quality, style and class, not only to the event itself but also to every fighter involved.’’
One benefitting will be Tucson’s Bobby Lopez, a light heavyweight who will be making his pro debut on Noche De Boxeo.
“Motivated. Hardworking. Outspoken,’’ Lopez said in describing himself.
All can also describe Rosado.
She wants Face to Face to be, well, the face of boxing in Arizona as it promotes cards throughout the Grand Canyon state.
No stranger to the media, Rosado has been featured on Univision, Telemundo, CBS Channel 5, Cronkite News, and Pro Sports Broadcasting. Phoenix New Times called her “The Raging Babe’’ and AZ Sports & Lifestyle Magazine crowned her “The New Face in Boxing in Arizona.’’