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Kelly Pavlik-Will Rosinsky Set For July 7th

Posted on 18 June 2012 by felipe

By James Slater: One fighter’s injury has led to another fighter getting a big opportunity. Lightweight Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios had to pull out of his scheduled July 7th fight with light-welterweight Maurico Herrera, which was set for The Home Depot Centre, L.A. Rios has an arm injury – and now HBO have replaced the telecast with former middleweight king Kelly Pavlik against former amateur star Will Rosinsky.

ESPN.com reports how the two super-middleweights will clash over a scheduled ten-rounds on July 7th – a night that will see a full boxing calendar (Klitschko-Thompson II, Maddalone-Fury, Kell Brook-Carson Jones, and more). Pavlik-Rosinsky will be fought at a weight no higher than 169-pounds.

Pavlik, 39-2(34) fought just last Friday, hammering out a one-sided 7th-round TKO over a game but overmatched Scott Sigmon; while Rosinksy, 16-1(9) fought even more recently: this past Thursday night.Winning an 8-round UD over Aaron Pryor Junior, the 27-year-old says he is ready to fight again in just over three weeks.

Beaten only by top contender Edwin Rodriguez – a ten-round UD loss back in October of last year – “Power,” as the warrior from Ozone Park is known, has won two in a row since. Also, even though he lost all ten rounds on all three cards in the Rodriguez fight, the scoring did not accurately reflect the good, exciting action. Some people thought a draw might have been a good idea.

Rosinsky, at 5’10” will be giving away a fair amount of height and reach against the 6’2” “Ghost,” but promoter Lou DiBella sees this as a tough test for Pavlik. Rosinsky has been aching for a big chance after the disappointing (and unfairly wide) points loss to Rodriguez, and he is hungry to make the most of it against Pavlik.

Rosinsky says he wasn’t too impressed with Pavlik’s hammering of Sigmon, and it’s almost a certainty that he will test Kelly far, far harder than the club fighter. Rosinksy is tough, he has skills and he has a solid amateur background. The July fight should give us much more of an idea as to whether or not Pavlik can become a two-weight world champion.

I have to lean towards 30-year-old Pavlik, via decision. But it could be a great action fight.

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Monaghan, Dulorme, Rosinsky, Bracero win on Broadway Boxing card

Posted on 18 June 2012 by felipe

by Ryan Songalia
Jun 15th, 2012

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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Will Rosinsky: EMT by night – and boxer by night, too

Posted on 14 June 2012 by felipe

by Ryan Songalia
Jun 12th, 2012

Will Rosinsky’s are the hands that hurt and the hands that save.

When Rosinsky, of Ozone Park, N.Y. isn’t advancing his boxing career – where he holds a 15-1 (9 knockouts) record – he is at his day job working as an emergency medical technician (EMT) at FDNY’s station 39 in East New York, Brooklyn.

Whether he’s trading leather in a sparring session in a stuffy gym during the day or rushing injured New Yorkers to local hospitals from 2:00 to 10:00 a.m. in the morning, Rosinsky’s adrenaline is always pumping.

“I get gunshots, stabbings, everyday sick people; it’s just a busy area,” said Rosinsky, 27.

Juggling a high pressure job with professional boxing isn’t easy, but it helps to have understanding bosses.

For Rosinsky’s next fight this Thursday at the Roseland Ballroom in New York City against Aaron Pryor Jr. (16-5, 11 KOs), Rosinsky’s captain let him take the last month to finish his preparations for the pivotal bout that highlights the latest installment of DiBella Entertainment’s Broadway Boxing series.

The eight-round bout with the 33-year-old Cincinnati native, son of Hall of Fame boxer Aaron Pryor, is Rosinsky’s second since suffering his first defeat to Edwin Rodriguez last October in his ShoBox debut. The loss was judged 100-90 on all three scorecards in a fight that was far more competitive than the judges would lead on.

“A lot of people know I got [jobbed],” said Rosinsky, who doesn’t dispute the defeat but objects to the one-sided cards. “People feel like I’m kind of the underdog, like ‘He didn’t get a fair shake so now I want to see him win.’ That’s what I think people feel and that’s what I think the Edwin fight did. It was a competitive fight, a couple of close rounds either way. I didn’t agree but I understand; it’s a subjective sport.”

The defeat wasn’t a total loss. Rodriguez’s promoter Lou DiBella was impressed enough to sign him to a promotional contract, which is something Rosinsky never had before.

“I think he proved with Edwin Rodriguez that he’s one of the best 168 pounders in the world,” said DiBella, who also promotes world middleweight champion Sergio Martinez and former welterweight titleholder Andre Berto. “It was much closer than the scorecards would suggest, but it got him more exposure and he’s on his way to getting ranked. [Rosinsky] wasn’t promoted before and there wasn’t ready awareness of him before.”

Rodriguez, who stands 6-foot even, was able to give the aggressive, 5-foot-10 Rosinsky fits by boxing from the outside and using his range. Pryor Jr. stands at 6-foot-4, an almost unheard of height for a 168-pound fighter, which Rosinsky anticipates will provide plenty of difficulty.

“I think what makes him tough is his height,” said Rosinsky, who won the New York Daily News Golden Gloves four times and was the 2005 U.S. amateur champion at light heavyweight.

“I don’t think he brings a lot to a fight, but he makes a fight awkward. He’s had close fights with big guys like Edwin Rodriguez for example, which was a competitive fight and I think mainly because of his height. If you put his skills on a guy who is six foot even, it wouldn’t be as weird. I don’t think he’s very skillful, I just think he’s very awkward.

“And it’s about fighting him right too,” continued Rosinsky. “I don’t think Edwin fought him right. Edwin fought him tall and started lunging in with stupid punches, he needed to fight close. I’m going to fight him the correct way and that will be on the inside because that’s really my only option at this point. I’m not going to really be able to box him from the outside.”

Pryor started his career at 11-0 before running aground against tougher opposition. Though Pryor has lost three of his last four fights, including a ninth-round TKO to Adonis Stevenson in his last fight in December, he has faced far stiffer opposition. Pryor holds victories over former world title challenger Librado Andrade and recent world-rated contender Dyah Davis.

Rosinsky, a fan favorite in New York City, is usually among the highest ticket sellers on an event roster. His drawing power makes him a hot commodity for local promoters looking to book fighters who can help fill a venue, enabling him to move his early career without a high profile manager or promoter. Rosinsky’s purse was often based off of a percentage of the tickets that he sold.

The other side of the coin is that the process of picking up tickets and dropping them off is a third job in itself.

“In the beginning it sucked, because besides the training and running, the strength and conditioning to prepare for the fight, you have to run around and sell as many tickets as possible,” said Rosinsky. “My way of doing it was to send out a mass text to everyone in my phone book and to let them know I’m available for tickets. We’d meet up somewhere and I’d give them the tickets. You try to make it convenient for people so you’re pretty much running it to their door step or meeting them here and there. I didn’t have anyone to do it for me so at one point I was doing it all on my own.

“At this point it’s not so bad because me and DiBella are in agreement that I’m not going to sell tickets, I’m just going to be paid what I’m getting. That makes it much easier.

DiBella feels secure in the investment.

“Down the line [Rosinsky] will run into big fights, and soon he could fight in main events,” said DiBella. “There will be a lot of opportunities because there are top fighters in the division but not a lot of opposition for them to face. My desire is to keep him busy, get him back on the winning track and get him back in a big fight.”

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Valdez: New NYS Lightweight Champ

Posted on 14 June 2012 by felipe

Jerry Glick reporting from ringside: During the first half of the last century New York was crowded with venues for club shows. Almost every month fans had a bunch of opportunities to see some of the most entertaining fights in some of the best places to watch boxing; St. Nick’s, Sunnyside Gardens, and the Eastern Parkway Arena, to name a few. Those places are long gone but small club fights are still with us. They need to be. Boxing needs them. They are the backbone of the sport, the minor leagues. Almost all of the great ones started there.

Promoters today have to make do with existing venues that include theaters such as the Paramount in Huntington, and The Paradise Theater in the Bronx; sports centers like the Aviator in Brooklyn, plus catering halls like Russo’s on the Bay, and The Cordon Bleu in Woodhaven, Queens. That brings us to New Legends, Old World, and now add to that a third promoter, W.O.N. Promotions who together put on a show that allows fans and young fighters to meet under the best of circumstances.

On Friday, June 8th, they supplied enough thrills to keep fans asking for more long after the Cordon bleu show was over. This is the latest installment in a series of fights cards where the promotional teams involved are interested in making everyone happy. Matchmaker Felipe Gomez put together a show that he could be proud. Drawing from local talent (all but two of the participants on the show were from New York State), and using them in a creative way to make seven fights that showcased some of the better young battlers available.

In the main event Jonathan Cuba, from New York, NY, defended his NYS Lightweight belt that he won last September against Edward Valdez, 134 pounds, from Corona, NY. Cuba, 6-4-1 (4 KOs), entered the ring in a festive mood. Smiling and waving to the crowd. After dropping a one sided unanimous decision and his belt, he actually left the ring the way he entered it, smiling and dancing to the music playing from the loud speakers.

Cuba’s flawed defense was the deciding factor here. Valdez found an easy target to land his right hand shots, none of which appeared to hurt Cuba, but Valdez was piling up the points. In many of the rounds Valdez would lay back and block Cuba’s punches then about half way through he would punch holes in Cuba’s defense with left/right combinations and sometimes he would throw leads right that often connected with the back of Cuba’s head, mostly because Cuba would duck under the punches exposing that part of his head.

In the third Valdez caught his opponent on the ropes and fired off a two handed volley of punches; impressive but Cuba, 133 pounds, managed to block most of them. He slipped away but ran into a solid right to the head. He also tried unsuccessfully to box at long range in the next frame and took some hard combinations to the head in the fifth round.

By round six the pattern was set and Cuba’s left eye bled in the seventh from a cut and swelling under it.

Valdez, 9-8-2 (6 KOs), did not come to lose. He could not miss with his right and was able to land combinations that convinced the judges to give him the eight round unanimous decision by scores of 78-74, 80-72, and 79-73. David Fields refereed.

THE UNDERCARD

Fast becoming a hot prospect, Frank Galarza, 157, Brooklyn, NY, 7-0 (4 KOs), destroyed Yolexcy Leiva-Martinez, 156, Nashville, TN, 5-3 (4 KOs), in only two minutes and fifty-nine seconds. He came out working his jab, landed a left hook to the body that hurt Martinez. Galarza went after him with a barrage of punches that staggered the visitor from Nashville. Galarza opened a cut over Martinez’ left eye. After being tagged by a left hook Martinez fell into the ropes and referee Sammy Viruet ruled it a knockdown. After an eight count, Martinez was battered and again fell into ropes as the fight was stopped just as the bell rang ending the first round of six scheduled.

“We trained for all six rounds,” said Frankie in his dressing room after the fight where his corner tended to a cut on his forehead from a butt. “But when I felt the warm blood come trickling down it kind of changed my mind. My emotions took over and I said let me take him out because I could see he was hurt.”

Ian James, 135, Brooklyn, NY, 2-3 (1 KO), did not look like a winner at the start of the fight. Angel Garcia, 135, Brooklyn, NY, 2-1 (2 KOs), ran out from his corner hell bent on making it three in a row by KO. As he threw punches from every angle he was suddenly staggered by a right then another dropped him to the canvas. He got up only to be hurt again by a flurry. The rest of the four rounds saw James in control most of the way. Now the shoe was on the other foot, with James chasing a fleeing Garcia. The judges were split, 39-36 and 38-37 for James, 38-37 for Garcia, making James a split decision winner. Pete Santiago refereed.

It may have been called a draw, but if you listened to most observers Hamid Abdul-Mateen, 175, Brooklyn, NY, 3-2-2, was very lucky to get that draw in a six round affair against tough Alexander Mancera, 172, Rego Park, NY, 7-4-1 (5 KOs). With the exception of the first frame it was Mansera pressing forward landing the more effective and harder punches on his taller opponent. The judges scored it 58-56 Mateen, 58-56 for Mancera, and 57-57, even. David Fields refereed.

Patricia Alcivar, 113, Forest Hills, NY, 6-1 (3 KOs), outfought and out punched a willing Vanessa Greco, 115, Brooklyn, NY, 1-1-1 (0 KOs) in an exciting four. Viruet was the third man in the ring.

Milkkel Lespierre, 141, Brooklyn, NY, 1-0 (1 KO), did a number on Miguel Rodriguez, 137, Philadelphia, PA, 1-4 (0 KOs), catching him in a corner and throwing power shots that had Rodriguez covering his eye in obvious distress as he sank to the floor at 1:24 of the first of four rounds. Santiago refereed.

In a fight between two debutants, Christian Arrega, 121, Ridgewood, NY, 1-0 (0 KOs), got off first and even managed to counterpunch effectively when he had to, to take a unanimous (39-36 three times) four round decision over Daniel Hernandez, 121, Corona, NY, 0-1. Fields referred.

***PUNCHLINES***

**GIRL’S NIGHT OUT AT THE FIGHTS**

Women’s heavyweight contender Sonya Lamonakis, 6-0-1 (1 KO), was in attendance along with a whole bunch of other professional boxers. Sonya is different in at least two ways from many of her peers; first she is a she; secondly boxing is only her night job, her day job is teaching in the New York City school system. “First I’m an educator before I’m a fighter,” said Lamonakis. “I teach kindergarten through fifth grade technology at PS 241 on 113 Street in Harlem, and I have a couple of other certifications too.”

Lamonakis first turned to pugilism when she was living in Massachusetts and was jumped. It was then that she decided that she needed to know how to defend herself. “I went to a boxing gym to learn to defend myself and I took a fight three months later and three year after that I was in New York fighting in the Gloves.”

She said that she loves to box, “But I’m still a teacher before I’m a fighter.” Why not, her students and the staff at her school support her in her boxing career, so that helps to keep her two lives in sync.

**DEDICATED JOE**

Many in boxing will walk a mile to get to a show and ring announcer Joe Antonacci is no different. “It took me three and a half hours to get here with all the traffic,” said Joe. “There was a two hour delay at the bridge. The whole way I kept telling myself, at least it’s a Felipe Gomez show so I know the fights will be great.”

**ON HAND**

There were many boxing luminaries in the crowd including Luis Collazo, Will Rosinsky, Vinny Maddalone, Juan Dominguez, Mike Ruiz, Tommy Rainone, Junior Jones, Derric Rossy, Sadam Ali, Floriano Pagliar, Curtis Stevens, Sonya Lamonakis, Ariel Duran, Amanda Serrano, and Cindy Serrano, among others.

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Sadam Ali Scores KO

Posted on 11 June 2012 by felipe

Jerry Glick reporting from ringside: Juneboxing action in New York City was kicked off by a short but exciting show of five fights. The promoter, who had to train to perform in the main event as well as help to put everything together, watched as a once long show was reduced to a short one as one fight after another fell off the radar. That is how it goes sometimes in boxing, but the show must go on, and this one had the fans on their feet.

Looking more and more like a real contender, hot prospect, Sadam “The World Kid” Ali, also promoted the show with his World Kid Ali Promotions. He shook off ten months of rust to work his jab and batter a game, but outclassed Franklin Gonzalez, 146 pounds, at the Aviator in famous Floyd Bennett Field, in Brooklyn, NY.

Ali, 147 pounds, had his opponent in trouble and in retreat for most of the fight. Ali remains unbeaten at 15-0 (9 KOs), while the veteran Gonzalez fell to 15-10 (11 KOs). Referee Danny Schiavone decided that after watching Gonzalez get up twice from knockdowns and absorb a series of punches the time was right to end matters at 2:22 of the eighth and final round.

Sadam Ali boxed with poise as he bounced jab after jab off of Gonzalez, from Brooklyn, NY, who had little offence to offer. By the fourth frame Gonzalez’ left eye began to swell over and under from the popping jabs of Ali, also from Brooklyn, NY. Ali constantly backed Gonzalez up and when he had him against the ropes he would fire off multiple combinations that had his opponent stumbling from the punches. In short, it was all Ali. One of those flurries dumped Gonzalez on the canvas in the eighth and final round. When he got up Ali went after the finisher. He found it in his right hand and down went Gonzalez again and this time it was over. Ali wins the vacant WBU Americas Welterweight belt.

It should be noted that Gonzalez’ record may be mediocre, but he has faced some pretty good fighters along the way including Luis Collazo, David Estrada, Dmitriy Salita, Antwone Smith, and Danny O’Connor.

THE UNDERCARD

Jennifer Santiago, 119, Brooklyn, NY, 1-0 (0 KOs), outfought Mikayla Nebal, 120, Ohio, 0-2, in four to take a unanimous decisions by scores of 39-37 and 40-36 twice. Both had good skills especially the winner who kept the pressure on Nebal. They traded punches with Santiago having the edge. Shada Murdaugh refereed.

Steven Gamache, 151, New York, NY, 3-0 (1 KO), son of ex-champ Joey Gamache, took a unanimous four over Willie Bryant, 152, Conway, AZ, 0-4-1, with a sustained attack. Gamache looked much improved and employed an accurate jab that he used to set up his right to the head. All three Judges agreed 40-36. Tony Chiarantano was the third man in the ring.

Armin Mrkanovic 189, Queens, NY, 3-1 (1 KO), halted Daniel Pietch, 180, Ohio, 0-1, in the fourth and last round. Mrkanovic was too strong for the dead game Pietch. The Ohio visitor had to lunge in with his punches and did manage to land some impressive rights, but Mrkanovic was out punching him all the way. Pietch’s nose bled in the third frame but he never stopped trying. Referee Murdaugh jumped in a little prematurely at 1:10 of the fourth to end it, but clearly Pietch was far from done.

Akil Frederick-Auguste, 159, Brooklyn, NY, 1-0 (1 KO), stopped Jamil Gadsden 156, Brighton, NJ, in two. After Frederick-Auguste scored his second knockdown in the second round referee Chiarantano waved it off at 2:26.

***PUNCHLINES***

Among the boxing luminaries in attendance were newly crowned WBA Welterweight Champion Paulie Malignaggi, Bryan Adams, Joey Gamache, Santander Silgado, Boyd Melson, Gabriel Bracero, Gary Stark Jr., and Juan Dominguez.

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