While the middleweight bout between Maciej Sulecki and Gabriel Rosado is not an official sanctioning organization world title elimination bout, it might as well be.
Matchroom Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn said on Monday that the winner of the fight, which will take place on Friday night (DAZN) at the Liacouras Center in Rosado's hometown of Philadelphia on the Tevin Farmer-Jono Carroll junior lightweight world title card, is likely to be rewarded with a shot at middleweight world titlist Demetrius Andrade, who is also promoted by Hearn.
Andrade (27-0, 17 KOs), 31, a former two-time junior middleweight titlist, is penciled in to return to the ring for his second title defense on June 15 -- rather than June 22 as initially discussed -- probably at the Dunkin' Donuts Center in his hometown of Providence, Rhode Island, where he has never boxed in his 11-year professional career.
"I'm pretty sure that the winner of Saturday's fight will be the next opponent for Demetrius in June," Hearn said, noting that Sulecki-Rosado has been sanctioned for a regional belt that will put the winner in good position to face Andrade. "It's a massive fight for Gabe and Maciej. We know that DAZN is the home of the middleweights and these two have the opportunity on Friday to unlock the door to the big time."
DAZN is the broadcast home for Andrade, unified champion Canelo Alvarez, titleholder Daniel Jacobs and former unified champion Gennady Golovkin.
Rosado (24-11-1, 14 KOs), 33, has had two previous shots at middleweight titles. They were both in 2013, but he lost by cut-induced knockout to Golovkin and Peter Quillin.
Rosado is coming off a hard-fought split draw with Luis Arias on Nov. 17. Sulecki (27-1, 11 KOs), 29, of Poland, has yet to fight for a world title.
He won his last fight in November to bounce back from a competitive decision loss to Jacobs in April 2018 in a nontitle bout.