NEW YORK – Popular Queens-based prospect Will Rosinsky knew that 168 pounds was his best weight going into Wednesday night’s fight with veteran light heavyweight Otis Griffin. After pounding out a tougher-than-expected, but unanimous decision victory in the main event of Dibella Entertainment’s Broadway Boxing at Roseland Ballroom in New York, Rosinsky is looking forward to descending the scales to where he’s best suited.
“I felt a little slower, this weight is definitely too big for me,” conceded Rosinsky (17-2, 9 knockouts). The scores of 97-93, 96-94 and 96-94 reflected the competitiveness of the bout, as did the gash above his left eye.
Rosinsky, 27, was brimming with confidence after his competitive decision loss to former middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik in July, while the 35-year-old Griffin (24-11-2, 10 KOs) of Sacramento, Calif. had lost 4 of his last 5 heading into the bout. Rosinsky, a 2005 U.S. National Amateur champion and four-time New York Daily News Golden Gloves champ, opened the fight working the body of the larger Griffin.
Fighting mostly off the ropes, Griffin set the tempo for the rest of the fight with a counter right cross that hurt Rosinsky near the end of the second, battering him to the other side of the ring and opening a cut on his left eye. Griffin continued to look for counter opportunities in the third as Rosinsky stopped to “admire his work” after attacking, but Rosinsky was able to make the adjustment of resetting after his combination in the fourth.
Rosinsky’s biggest fan – his fiancee Jessica Carbone – was the most vocal member of the large group on hand to cheer their guy on. From her seat several rows in, she exhorted Rosinsky to push the action more.
“I heard her getting mad at me,” said Rosinsky, who works full-time as an emergency medical technician (EMT) with the New York Fire Department’s station 39 in the East New York section of Brooklyn.”It’s easier said than done on the outside when you’re the one getting hit.”
Griffin finally began to impose himself in the eighth round, rushing out of the corner looking to end the fight early. But his initial burst left him gassed, and by mid-round Rosinsky began to back him up with body shots and uppercuts to the head. With the fight seemingly in the balance down the stretch, Griffin’s fatigue left him unable to let his hands go. Rosinsky flurried near the end of each round looking to steal rounds.
Afterwards, Rosinsky said he wanted a rematch with Edwin Rodriguez, the unbeaten super middleweight who defeated Rosinsky by decision a year ago. He also said a move as far down the scales as middleweight was in order.
“I knew [Griffin] was a tough fighter, he was going to be awkward and that he has a lot of experience. I could say it was a dumb move coming up but it’s a learning experience and I take it and learn from it.”
“Tito” Bracero stops Edwards in four
In the co-featured bout, junior welterweight Gabriel “Tito” Bracero (21-1, 4 KOs) of Brooklyn scored a fourth-round technical knockout over Johnnie Edwards (15-6-1, 8 KOs) of Jacksonville, N.C. at the 2:48 mark. Bracero scored a knockdown in the first round on a light right cross and finished him with another right hand in the fourth round. Edwards was clutching his eye and blinking as he rose up, but referee Eddie Cotton decided he was in no shape to continue.
Bracero, whose face had sustained a serious cut in the Jermaine White bout two fights ago, had to contend with another gash in the corner of his left eye from the second round on. Still, the decidedly larger Bracero looked the most menacing than he had since his upset loss to DeMarcus Corley in January. Bracero has now won three straight.
A two-time New York Daily News Golden Gloves champion, Bracero’s career was interrupted from 2002-2009, when a series of criminal charges stemming from a robbery sent him to prison for six years.
Redkach decisions Valdez
As far as upcoming prospects are concerned, Ivan Redkach usually flies under the radar. But with his awkward, hard-hitting southpaw style that evokes memories of the late Edwin Valero, Redkach might make the short list of ones to watch. But all prospects must undergo their “acid test,” the bout that tests the intangibles that lay beneath the flash and talent.
Edward Valdez, who has a hot-and-cold reputation as New York’s best spoiler, was that guy for Redkach. Valdez pushed him back to the ropes, reddened his face but ultimately fell short of springing the upset. Redkach dug deeper than he had so far been asked to in a pro fight, winning a unanimous decision by the scores of 79-73 on one card and 78-74 on the remaining two.
By the final bell, both of Valdez’s eyes were swollen shut and bleeding, the product of Redkach’s long southpaw crosses and short right hooks.
Now living and training out of Los Angeles, Calif., Redkach (13-0, 11 KO) had entered the fight winning three in a row by first round knockout, but promoter Lou DiBella was pleased to see his prospect last the full eight rounds.
“He needed to go rounds,” said DiBella, who signed Redkach last year. “He’s been knocking everybody out.”
Valdez, who had won six straight heading into the fight, drops to 11-9-2 (8 KOs) with the loss.
Redkach is trained by Mario Morales, who worked the aforementioned Valero in the deceased fighter’s last two world title bouts.
JoJo Dan KOs Gonzalez in four
Meanwhile, welterweight contender Ionut “Jo Jo” Dan Ion (30-2, 17 KOs) of Montreal, Canada by way of Giurgiu, Romania made his American debut, stopping Franklin Gonzalez (15-12, 10 KOs) 11 seconds into round five. Dan, who was fighting for the first time in a year since his close, but unanimous decision loss to recent world title challenger Selcuk Aydin in Turkey, got off to a slow start, throwing his right jab exclusively in round one.
Dan began to turn up the heat in round four, stunning Gonzalez with a left cross early in the round and bodying him to the ropes later on to land right hooks downstairs and uppercuts up top. With Gonzalez all but finished, Dan rushed out of his corner to begin the fifth and dropping him with a single left cross, prompting the referee to stop the fight without a count.
Gonzalez has now lost his last three fights by knockout.
A silent auction of memorabilia from promoter Lou Dibella’s personal collection, as well as a portion of ticket sales, benefited the American Red Cross’s Hurricane Sandy relief efforts.
Photos / Ed Diller
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