Doug Fischer

Rodriguez out-points Rosinsky in “competitive shutout”

Will Rosinsky was not well known outside of the New York City area, where he was an amateur standout, prior to his showdown with former U.S. boxing team roommate Edwin Rodriguez in Mashantucket, Conn., on Friday.

That changed during the course of the entertaining and hotly contested 10-round ShoBox: The New Generation main event. Rosinsky proved to be every bit the equal of Rodriguez, a highly touted super middleweight prospect.

However, the 26-year-old Queens, N.Y., native didn’t get any credit for his spirited performance by the official judges, who unanimously scored the bout a 100-90 shutout in favor of Rodriguez (20-0, 14 knockouts).

So Rosinsky (14-1, 8 KOs) is now known to a national audience of hardcore fans. He’s that guy who went tit for tat with Rodriguez in an excellent slugfest and then got totally screwed by the judges.

However, the unfair scorecards should not take away from the terrific efforts both fighters put forth from start to finish.

Rosinsky, who has spent most of his pro career fighting at light heavyweight, was the aggressor for much of the fight. The stocky 5-foot-10 boxer-puncher pressured Rodriguez behind a stiff jab and accurate straight right.

Rodriguez utilized lateral movement but counter-punched on the fly and periodically planted his feet to drop hard combinations. The 6-foot-1 resident of Worcestor, Mass., landed body shots, right crosses, uppercuts, and a powerful hook that momentarily stunned Rosinsky at the end of the eighth round.

However, Rosinsky, who had dominated most of the action in the eighth, pinned Rodriguez in a corner and the two exchanged vicious shots for the final 15 seconds of the round.

That was the story of the fight. Anytime one fighter appeared to be on the verge of taking control, the other rallied to even the score. Or so the boxing writers and hardcore fans who Tweeted as the watched the fight believed. Most thought they witnessed a fight that could go either way.

In the co-featured bout of the Showtime broadcast, undefeated junior welterweight Gabriel Bracero easily out-worked Daniel Sostre en route to a 10-round unanimous decision.

Bracero (18-0, 3 KOs), who won by scores of 100-90 (twice) and 99-91, was the aggressor, the busier fighter and the more accurate puncher throughout the bout. Sostre (11-5-1, 4 KOs) occasionally stood and traded with Bracero late in the bout, but spent the first six rounds of the fight backpedaling and trying to avoid contact.

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