NEW YORK – Everything you need to know about New York City’s demographics can be learned at a local club show event. As long as there have been boxing events in The Big Apple, the city’s many ethnic groups have come out to the various venues that have hosted boxing to support their local hero. That tradition continues to this day.
On Thursday night at the Roseland Ballroom in midtown Manhattan, while the Greek fans came out to support local female star Sonya Lamonakis, Puerto Ricans were on hand to support prospects Thomas Dulorme and Gabriel Bracero. The Italians were there for Floriano Pagliara, and no contingent was more numerous or vocal than that of “Irish” Sean Monaghan.
Monaghan, a popular if one-dimensional light heavyweight from Long Beach, N.Y., may be the biggest local club show ticket seller in the city. “Seanie” did not disappoint the nearly 2,000 fans on hand as he stopped Romaro Johnson (11-7-1, 6 knockouts), of Cleveland, Ohio, at 2:30 of the eighth in the main event of DiBella Entertainment’s “Broadway Boxing” show. Monaghan pushed his record to 14-0 (9 KOs).
Monaghan isn’t a world-class prospect but his entertaining style of hitting and being hit back compensates with his fans. For eight rounds the two light heavyweights traded punches, but a Monaghan right sent Johnson reeling, forcing the referee to call a stoppage to the bout.
While Monaghan brought the crowd, it was Thomas Dulorme who brought the firepower. The 22-year-old native of Carolina, Puerto Rico used Albert Herrera’s head and body for target practice before referee Harvey Dock stopped the bout after the seventh round. The imported Dulorme, unbeaten at 15-0 (12 KOs), stood out on a show packed with local prospects, using his fast, heavy hands to paint Herrera (8-7-1, 5 KOs), of Riverside, Calif., with every conceivable punch.
Dulorme, who is co-promoted by DiBella Entertainment and Gary Shaw Promotions, is one of the sport’s most talented rising prospects, having already registered victories over former WBO junior welterweight titleholder DeMarcus Corley.
Popular super middleweight prospect Will Rosinsky had a literal mountain to climb, facing 6-foot-4 Aaron Pryor Jr., of Cincinatti, Ohio. Rosinsky had issues early getting inside of the long reach, but after four rounds it was all Rosinsky as he cruised to a unanimous decision victory. The scores were 78-74 and 79-73 twice.
Rosinsky (16-1, 9 KOs), who works as an EMT with the New York Fire Department, smothered the taller Pryor, breaking him down with body shots and right crosses, cruising to a one-sided decision. Pryor had minor success in the eighth round, landing right crosses consistently for the first time but it was too little, too late for the son of the great Aaron Pryor.
Pryor (16-6, 11 KOs) was coming off of a knockout defeat to super middleweight contender Adonis Stevenson in his previous fight, while Rosinsky has won two straight since suffering his first defeat to Edwin Rodriguez last November in his ShoBox debut.
The circumstances weren’t ideal for Gabriel Bracero’s first fight back since suffering his first career defeat to DeMarcus Corley in January, but a win is a win. The popular welterweight from the Sunset Park section of Brooklyn had to overcome a series of headbutts from his opponent Jermaine White of Chicago, Ill. that produced three different cuts on the left side of his face and forehead to win a unanimous decision. The scores were 80-71, 79-72 and 77-74.
Bracero (19-1, 3 KOs) had other issues besides blood. White (17-5, 9 KOs) was an elusive target for most of the night, crouching low to avoid Bracero’s combinations but rarely throwing more than one punch at a time. When White searched for punching opportunities, Bracero cracked him with overhand right crosses. White lost a point in the third round due to excessive headbutts.
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