Not surprisingly, she also was a cheerleader.

When the fights were on, she was at her dad's side.

"Boxing was a really big deal for us, for our family," she says. "We couldn't afford to go to boxing matches, but we would always watch them on TV. My dad would invite everyone over, and it would just be this party atmosphere."

Rosado lost her father to cancer on the night of her senior prom. Just two days before the dance, he was admitted to the hospital, a common occurrence during his 20-year battle with the disease.

They talked on the phone before the prom, and he told her to have a good time and take plenty of pictures for him.

Hours later, a call from a family friend sent her rushing from the dance to the hospital. When she got there, he was in the final moments of life.

She held his hand, told him she loved him, and begged him to hang on: "We need you. Please don't leave us," she remembers saying. "But he just couldn't anymore."

Kiki Rosado died at 41, leaving behind Michelle and her younger sister and brother.

She struggled over the loss as she studied engineering, first at the University of Pittsburgh and, later, at Temple University. She never got a degree, but she landed a job at a Philadelphia engineering firm at age 19.

Five years ago, a job offer from Climatec in Phoenix brought her to the Valley. She went to work as a "sales engineer," defined by Climatec as someone who markets the company's energy-efficient technologies to commercial buildings.

As part of her job, the petite, 5-foot Latina has to tour construction sites. On an initial visit to a Phoenix site, she was stopped by the building superintendent and told that she needed to wear a hard hat. He reached for a standard, white construction hat and handed it to her.

She politely declined and walked back to her car.

She came back a couple of minutes later with her own hard hat — a hot-pink number with a Hello Kitty sticker on the side — custom-made for her by one of her other clients.

She walked through the site, making recommendations on the type of equipment they could install in the building to make it the most efficient.

"I could tell they were sizing me up," the self-promoter recalls of that day, grinning. "But 10 minutes into my survey of the site, they're thinking: 'This girl knows her stuff.'"

Once she was here a few years, she started checking out the scant boxing scene in Phoenix and Tucson and eventually started dating a boxer and helping him with his career.

"I can't say I managed him, but I tried to advise him," she tells www.boxingin sider.com. "I soon realized that working with [boxers] is a lot of work. They are demanding at times and want to be treated like . . . champion[s], even if they are . . . four-rounder fighter[s].

"As much as I love the sport, I started to think that I'd do better as a promoter. There are so many young boxers in the Phoenix area who need the exposure and activity."

Her plans started coming together at a boxing match in Tucson, where she met Reggie Demic, a businessman behind Sonoran Capital Group, a boxing-promotions firm.

The two talked about teaming up for events.

Rosado formed Face to Face Events, her own boxing-promotions company, and collaborated with Demic to produce the opening Friday Night Fights — an event that came together using her muscle and his money.


Anti-Mexican sentiment in Arizona has damaged the Latino-dominated boxing scene, for sure. But the popularity of mixed martial arts and professional boxing's shady reputation also have helped put the sport on the ropes.

MMA pits two fighters, usually in a cage, and allows them to use a combination of fighting styles — employing fists, feet, knees, elbows.

"MMA took over boxing [not just in Arizona but across the United States] because it is more violent and physical, while boxing is more skillful," Rosado says. "MMA just exploded, and it took a lot of boxing fans."

Bob Arum, head of Top Rank, a national boxing-promotions company, has been in the business for more than 45 years. He says boxing is making a comeback.

Arum acknowledges that some boxing fans have moved over to mixed martial arts, but he says the combat sport's popularity won't destroy boxing, because MMA's fan base predominantly is young white males.

"Hispanics don't care anything for it," he told USA Today in February. "Most African-Americans don't watch it."

Arum said the increasing populations of American blacks and, especially, Latinos, with whom boxing has a strong fan base, ensure the future success of the sport.

"I really think that great, great years are again coming for boxing in this decade," the 79-year-old promoter exuded.

As proof, Arum noted that he had deals lined up for upcoming boxing matches on Showtime, pay-per-view, HBO, Fox, and ESPN.

Indeed, the number of boxing events scheduled this year in the Valley is slightly outpacing previous years.

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Jesus Fuentes
Jesus Fuentes

This article is great for the boxing and its fans in Arizona. Glad to hear Rosado is doing everything she can for the sport in the state and she is gaining ground. I just want to comment on the Bob Arum part. A guy who has brought fame, glory, and admiration to the sport for decades but these past years has actually been hurting it with his weak fight cards that us fans shell out millions for on PPV. He not only pins his fighters with overmatched opponents, hence (Paquiao vs Mosely), but also wants to keep it within Top Rank. Ducking all other promoter's who's fighters are actually worthy of competing with his fighters and beating them. He is what boxing does not need. True boxing fans will understand that the Pacman, who I do like as a boxer, has faced old, out of prime, boxers these past few years. His opponents were worn out and dehydrated by fight night just to make a stupid weight when the title has a specific weight obligation, yet he, Pacquiao, wins the title and Arum makes millions upon million, with the fans getting cheated with these weak and unnecessary bouts.

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Tangled Web
Tangled Web

They are not "anti-immigrant" laws, they are "anti-illegal immigrant" laws - hopefully you noticed the "illegal" part of "illegal-immigrant".

I hope there's a difference, because I'm an immigrant myself, a legal one.

Ted Seift
Ted Seift

Ajincali, they are misdemeanors, not felonies, you fucking cracker. You and your fellow KKK rednecks are the joke.

Ajincali
Ajincali

I agree with ohter commentators. This article is a total joke. iwas hoping it would end with the horns blaring and ICE agents moving toward the ring arresting illegals as they walked.

Alas, another BS story about how illegals are disenfranchaised after they commit several felonies to enter our nation illegaly.

Paul Houseknecht
Paul Houseknecht

the political climate in Arizona vilifies all things Mexico... Honestly? Perhaps if the majority of those coming here illegally were not from Mexico or other Spanish speaking countries than Hispanics could stop using this law as another excuse to whine and complain. When will Hispanics start blaming the illegal Hispanics for causing this mess instead of placing the blame on law makers?

NOBODY
NOBODY

Not all Hispanic U.S. Citizens agree with these whiners. I'm sick of them See my comments in the NEWTIMES article, "How An Underage Illegal immigrant Became One of the Valley's Hottest Tattoo Artist". (No, I'm NOT a "coconut", if you know what that means...

Tired of it all
Tired of it all

This really isn't a story on boxing per se as it is another pathos story on why we should supposedly eliminate our borders and our immigration laws. We as a nation have every right - indeed it is our duty to our fellow citizens - to protect our borders. Another lame pro-illegals story, this time disguised as a sports story.

Dah2346
Dah2346

mexicans have turned into huge whiners. a illegal is a law breaker and i don't care how much u whine, there still law breakers. if our laws are not good enough for u go back to mexico with the illegals.

JMF
JMF

Interesting story, but get a load of the Benavidez Documentary being developed by a local production house. These guys know what they're doing.

http://round1themovie.com/

Firebird
Firebird

Wow... talk about a slanted piece! The story darn near slid off my screen it was tilted so far. "Anti-immigrant"?!? "Anti-Mexican"?!? Wow... and people still say the media isn't biased? ROTF! The writer off this piece might as well said she works for La Raza. She probably does.

Cousarmy0001
Cousarmy0001

Oh no, SB 1070 is preventing illegal immigrants from boxing in Arizona! How terrible!

Jason
Jason

What did the article have to do with boxing?

Michelle Rosado is from Puerto Rico, which is a part of AMERICA. If she has such concern for the fighters why doesn't she pack her ass up and fucking move to Cali or Texas? Apparently there the fighters need be medically fit to fight.

Oh wait.... I forgot......She is pro-illegal.

This article had absolutely nothing to do with a sport that is old and tired. It had to with SB 1070, politicians, and amnesty for the criminal illegals.

dave
dave

REALLY LIKE THAT ...WAAAAY BETTER THAN THAT RACIST PIG LEMON

Samphx2006
Samphx2006

Arizona doesn't have any anti-immigrant laws, we have anti-ILLEGAL-immigrant laws. New Times, you pride yourself on telling it like it is. Get the words right concerning immigration laws.

NOBODY
NOBODY

To Samphx: Fascinating. You must be psychic. I was about to write exactly what you wrote. Almost word for word. Thanks for doing for me.

ggllww
ggllww

Sanphx - Thank you for your comment.

I have been HARPING on NEWSTIME for a year now, about their seemingly "PRO-Illegal" stance!!!

Seems to me they would br protecting the Ciotizens of Arizona and the U.S., instead of calling out Sheriff Joe, about his Raids!!! Of course they have been after our most re-elected sherfiff for YEARS and he just ignores their ignorance........

Come on NEWTIMES - Lets hear a story about the HARM these people do instead of how we should be feeling sorry for them...........

NOBODY
NOBODY

Like my grandparents and their parents, etc., I am an Hispanic U.S. Citizen and speak Spanish fluently. I do not approve of ILLEGAL Immigration, no matter how you color it.

I cannot help but come to the same conclusion that the NEWTIMES maintains a PRO-Illegal" stance.

I hereby petition anyone (including myself), to investigate whether or not if the NEWTIMES has illegal or formerly illegal immigrants tied to it in any shape way or form. See my comments in NEWTIMES's article, "How An Underage ILLEGAL Immigrant Became One of the Valley's Hottest Tattoo Artist". Arizona Anti-ILLEGAL Immigration law is based on Title 8 Section 1325 of the U.S. Code and other laws.

Despite what proponents of amnesty or unchecked ILLEGAL Immigration may wish for us to believe, our laws are not racially based. It doesn't matter what nationality one is. If you are in Arizona and cannot prove that you are an American Citizen or otherwise have the proper documentation to be in OUR country, you are breaking the law. It doesn't matter what nationality you are.Most industrialized nations have similar laws. Mexico has it's own laws to prevent illegal immigration. See, http://puttroopsontheborder.co...

I admire AZ Governor Jan Brewer for having the boldness and tenacity to stand up for U.S. Citizens by passing the new anti-ILLEGAL Immigration law. Rather than get into compliance, many of these border violators/trespassers have either chosen to cry incessantly in an attempt to maintain their ILLEGAL status or have simply left the state. Let them leave to other states. That will force these other states to have to deal with the PROBLEM that Arizona has been struggling to deal with for a long time. It's going to take a while, but it IS HAPPENING.

All but two states have some form of a Mandatory Liability Insurance law. Should it be any surprise that it was representatives of the insurance companies that lobbied for these laws? I don't hear a lot of people (except myself perhaps), crying that such behavior reeks of conspiracy to de-facto coerce people into paying premiums to travel within our country. We obey these laws because our lawmakers that we elected (or didn't elect), enacted them. On line 66 of the above article some states, "We have to bring back what the politicians have taken from us!" Hello, nobody took anything from anyone UNLESS they are here ILLEGALLY. Let's see these same people encourage Mexican Citizens to "bring back what the politicians have taken from us!" in Mexico.

Doh
Doh

I like the NewTimes, but I am so sick of the all the articles being related to or about illegal immigrants. The bias the staff has is ridiculous ...it just seems that every article is somehow related to illegal immigration....give it an ifffing rest!

t_b_30120
t_b_30120

LEGAL immigrants have nothing to worry about.

Joel Z Williams
Joel Z Williams

the story title is incorrect. anti-immigration is not what's killing Arizona boxing it's the rise of Mixed Martial Arts fighting. After watching a MMA match boxing looks rather pedestrian and anachronistic. Now I compare the "sweet science" to watching women's pro basketball...it's ok, but nobody is going to pay to see it unless it's a big match.

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Jmmailin
Jmmailin

Enjoyed the article. More power to Rosado. Shame the writer & New Times in general are so blind to your own racist hypocrisy in regarding all local Mexicans & Latinos as illegal entrants and any opposition to endless illegal entry as "anti-Mexican". Viva Mexico y los Mexicanos-Americanos - (pardon the grammar) - but get a passport.

Mug23
Mug23

Markspray how ignorant can you be. So you telling me only immigrants are gang bangers according to what you said what about all the Caucasian racist groups the African Americans groups also people like you make your race look like idiots. and to other people how sad you cant see someone succeed because right away you try to bring them down a bunch of nobodies haters!

Wontonmaker
Wontonmaker

I bet the out of the 900 peeps that showed up over half of them were family and free giveaways.. BUT IT DON'T MATTER CAUSE IT AIN'T HER MONEY!!!!

Jomomma
Jomomma

Michelle is sleeping with Jose Benevidez Sr. , so that she can get his son under her promotions!!!!

Anon
Anon

That doesn't surprise me, like she has any real talents besides putting on kneepads and bowing

BigBoxingFan
BigBoxingFan

That's funny you said that cause if that were the case then why in the hell is he fighting on the Showdown promotions card at the Casino? Why wouldn't he just fight at the July Event mentioned on their website?

Markspray
Markspray

Tougher immigration laws have NOTHING to do with it. MMA is 100 times more exciting than watching 2 boxers dance around...Joke of an article. Had nothing to do with a female boxing promoter and everything to do about the liberal agenda of providing amnesty to all of the tatted out gang banging gang members that occupy our country. How bout this...amnesty for those that can complete a criminal background search, have never received Govt. financial assistance (welfare is for citizens who need a hand up / no out)..and have show proof that an employer is willing to hire them.

Hernandez Elisamaria
Hernandez Elisamaria

Markspray, what makes you think that all "tatted out gang banging gang members" are here illegally. My in-laws own tatoo parlors in Northern California and here in Arizona and I can tell you that most of the people who come in for "tats" are citizens influenced by celebrities who get tats, i.e., Kid Rock, Eminem, Snoop, Tommy Lee, etc. Also, there are many more Anglo people who come in to get tattoos. By the way, when I was in college I worked at the Department of Economic Security (Family Assistance) and no one can get "welfare" without citizenship credentials. Here again, most of the people on welfare are white folks. An interesting fact: Phoenix had no Anglos until about 100 years ago and this country had no "white" folks until Europeans decided to "claim" this continent for themselves and killed Native Americans. This land was owned by Native peoples -- yes, the Native Americans knew what tribes occupied specific areas. To this day, Native American historians will reference parts of this country as "the land of the Arapaho" or "Ojibwe waters," etc. Latinos were in Arizona, Texas, Colorado, California and New Mexico long before Whites because the land was Northern Mexico until the U.S. convinced Texas ranchers, who through an agreement between Mexico and the U.S. were granted use of the land, to secede from Mexico and join the U.S. This was done by vote of the ranchers who were on foreign soil and did not include the will (vote) of the Mexican citizens in Texas. End result, a war and as Mexico had recently been at war with Spain for independence, did not have the economic resources to battle the war incited by the U.S. You may want to rethink your comments because you do not seem to be able to show proof that you know this country's history. I am Native American and Latina and I say that you are a descendant of foreign invaders because even if your family came to this country under the "legal immigration" laws the U.S. established, the laws were enacted by White people who forcibly took this land from my peoples -- yes, peoples is correct English. Had the world had an international rights group when the Europeans began killing Native Americans on this continent, I am certain the organization would have imposed sanctions on the Europeans and applied pressure to get them out of our lands.

Whatwhatwhatwhat
Whatwhatwhatwhat

lol.. omg .. How classy is that.. dressing up in a tight black dress, and all of a sudden people are on her nuts.. OMG.. get a life.. who the hell is 'bucky"? please give us reports on real az fighters WHO ALREADY OWN A TITLE!!!! like Jesus "el Martillo" Gonzales. Why isn't he getting love from this Pro Immigration Magazine

BOXINGFAN
BOXINGFAN

yeah DOO DOO.. you are right.. That lady is NOT EVEN MEXICAN.. WHY IS SHE RIDING THE COAT TAILS OF THE SB 1070 LAW TO TRY TO MAKE A QUICK BUCK!!!!!

Doodoobird
Doodoobird

Well, First of all .... real boxing fans understand the difference between REAL boxing, and club cards. The fights were ok, BUT WORLD CLASS BOXING IT IS NOT!!! Real Hispanic Boxing fans don't even realize that this lady is PUERTO RICAN.. Not mexican, and is using the sb 1070 to try to wipe your wallets.. clever.. but you can keep amature night and I'll wait for serious boxing..

Guest
Guest

"Anti-Immigrant"? That's just ignorant. I'm anti-breaking the law. I'm pro-immigration, but most of these people seem to think the system just isn't good enough. Why don't the legal Hispanic residents of this country focus on changing the law instead of helping their family/friends break the laws of the country they claim to love? Ask for permission instead of breaking the law and then asking for forgiveness! You'll get no sympathy from me until you quit crying about anti-illegal immigration.

DBenton760
DBenton760

What is with these latino brain dead people. Sniveling because if your here Illegally, you can't vote,can't work, can't get food stamps, get the hell out of America you leeches...

Chuck Zito
Chuck Zito

I could beat that guy up in less than 60 seconds and im an old man. check me out at www.chuckzito.com

Sonny
Sonny

I have seen you fight Chuck. and I think you would actually put that guy in the hospital like you have done with your past opponents. never Fuck with a Dago aka Guinea Italian from the Bronx New York City like Chuck Zito.

alan
alan

There are no laws in AZ that prevent anyone from coming to this country LEGALLY. Any laws that AZ has passed only apply to people that have come here illegally. I realize the two words look similar but they are different.

guest13
guest13

Yes there are laws that prevent most Mexicans from entering this country legally... such as the laws that limit the number of people that are allowed to immigrate to the US, which is a low number in light of how many would like to move to the US. I also recall reading on another news site that the majority of people desiring to immigrate to the US must have a job making at least $90,000 a year. So that let's the hot air out of your balloon.

Dr Pill
Dr Pill

you should let her crash at your pad then. trade her a place to sleep for sex with you. you sound like a very nice understanding gentleman.

 

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