By Michael Woods | ESPNNewYork.com
Will Rosinsky found Kelly Pavlik had a bit more speed than he thought the comebacking Ohioan possessed, and that hand speed proved hard to handle for the Queens-based hitter, who dropped a unanimous decision on Saturday night in California.
Rosinsky, age 27, hoped that he’d surprise Pavlik — that he’d get overlooked as a no-name, and that he’d surprise the ex-middleweight champ with his skills. Well, Rosinsky showed off some skills, for sure, including some slick movement which Pavlik had a hard time with.
But the judges, in the end, gave Pavlik the nod, by scores of 98-91, 98-91, and 97-92. Now 16-2, Rosinsky got sent to the mat at the Home Depot Center in Round 2, but his defensive prowess carried him to the final bell against the 40-2 victor. After the supermiddleweight scrap, which was shown on HBO before a Nonito Donaire-Jeffrey Mathebula junior feather title fight, Rosinsky checked in with NYFightBlog.
“Congrats to Kelly on a great fight,” he said. “He didn’t have as much pop as I anticipated, but was a little quicker than he looks on TV and made good use of his left hand. I thought I did better than they had it on the cards but I take my hat off to him.”
He wasn’t down in the dumps after the loss. “It was a great experience for me,” Rosinsky said. “I will be back. My future is bright.”