By Peter Czymbor at ringside
Photos by Emily Harney
In the second fight of his career under the guidance of new trainer Ronnie Shields, super middleweight prospect Edwin “La Bomba” Rodriguez (20-0, 14 KOs) of Worcester, MA was forced to go the distance against the incredibly tough former amateur standout Will Rosinsky (14-1, 8 KOs) of Queens, NY in the ten-round main event of the DiBella Entertainment "Octoberfist" card that was televised on Friday's SHOWTIME ShoBox series from the Foxwoods Resort Casino at Mashantucket, Connecticut.
In the end, Rodriguez prevailed by the wide margins of 100-90 which were tallied by judges Clark Sammartino, Glenn Feldman and Peter Hary.
FightNews scored the bout for Rodriguez at 97-93.
Rodriguez was able to impose his will and size on Rosinsky for most of the bout ripping powerful punches to the body and combinations to the head, but Rosinsky never wilted and landed some clean punches of his own including a lead left hand that frequently found its target on the face of Rodriguez and at times snapping his head back.
“I had it six rounds (for Rodriguez) to three with one even,” said Shields. “I didn’t see it 100-90 but I’m not complaining, I’ll take it.”
Prior to the bout, Rodriguez and Rosinsky had developed a friendship dating back to their amateur careers. It doesn’t appear that their friendship has wavered as a result of the fight.
"I know Will so well,” Rodriguez said afterwards. "He's a very tough fighter. I knew I had to be on the top of my game and listen to Ronnie (Shields), who has a lot of experience and has worked with so many good fighters. I knew that I had to listen to him through the whole fight. We're still friends, probably closer friends now.”
Rosinsky commented on the scoring following the bout and calmed the fire on the scoring controversy to some degree.
“I wasn't busy enough," explained Rosinsky. "Whether it was 100-90 or 96-94, I still lost. I'm happy it was on Showtime for people to see because, on paper, (the scorecards) look like crap. It was a tough fight. I'm a work in progress and he's a star in the making."
Promoter Lou DiBella said he would exercise his option to continue promoting Rosinsky.
“If Edwin is No. 5, Will has to be in the top 10. This was a great, entertaining fight. Will can fight with anybody in the world,” declared DiBella.
As for Rodriguez, the sky is the limit. With the Super Six tournament concluding later this year and then the winner hopefully meeting fellow titleholder Lucian Bute, opportunities will be presenting themselves in the super middleweight division which Rodriguez figures to be in the mix.
"I believe Edwin will be world champion," DiBella commented, "but not in his next fight or the one after that. He needs more work with Ronnie.”
He continued, “Edwin's not ready for Bute or those guys but he will be in late 2012, early 2013. There's no reason to rush him. The real winners tonight were all of the fans who watched this fight."
BRACERO CAPTURES THE NABF TITLE!
In the co-feature of the ShoBox telecast, Brooklyn’s Gabriel Bracero (18-0, 3 KOs) stayed unbeaten with a ten round beatdown of intrastate foe Daniel Sostre (11-5-1, 4 KOs) of Highland, NY. Sostre was game, but Bracero was clearly in another class and won on all of the scorecards. Scores were 100-90 (twice) and 99-91.
With the victory, Bracero captures the vacant NABF title.
This was second consecutive win on ShoBox for Bracero. The rising star Bracero has fought five times this year, including an upset of then-undefeated prospect Danny O’Connor back in April.
POLISH PRINCE OUTBOXES FOE!
Junior lightweight Ryan Kielczewski (12-0, 2 KOs) of Quincy, MA bloodied the nose of Willie Villanueva (10-4, 2 KOs) of Albuquerque, NM en route to a six round unanimous decision. Amidst chants of “Polish Prince!” the popular Kielczewski outboxed his foe easily and won by scores of 60-54 on all scorecards.
IT'S ALL ABOUT LEGENDARY BLOODLINES
In a six round super middleweight bout, Dyah Davis (20-2-1, 9 KOs) of Coconut Creek, FL earned a unanimous decision over gatekeeper Darnell Boone (19-18-3, 8 KOs) of Atlanta, GA by scores of 59-56, 59-55 and 58-56.
Davis is the son of 1976 Olympic Gold medalist Howard Davis Jr.
It was Dyah’s second consecutive win since his November 2010 loss to Aaron Pryor Jr., the son of legendary world jr welterweight champion Aaron Pryor. Dyah had previously upset the then 20-0 Marcus Johnson back in April. For Boone, who has fought a "Who’s Who" of prospects, contenders and world champions in his career, his two fight winning streak came to an end. That winning streak included a win over prospect Willie Monroe Jr. who is the great nephew of the legendary Philadelphia middleweight Willie "The Worm" Monroe.
O'CONNOR WINS A BATTLE
In an entertaining junior welterweight scrap, 2008 United States Olympic alternate Danny O’Connor (16-1, 4 KOs) gave the many fans who made the two-hour drive from his hometown of Framingham, MA something to cheer about as he won a unanimous decision over the Bryan Abraham (5-8-2, 5 KOs) of Schenectady, NY in a six round encounter.
O’Connor scored a knockdown over the off balance Abraham in the opening round and outboxed his foe frequently landing hard shots to the head. However, Abraham has his moment in the fifth round scoring a knockdown while O’Connor was off balance, though O’Connor claimed it was a slip.
In the end, scores were 60-54, 59-55 and 58-54 all for O’Connor. For Abraham, this halted a two fight winning streak he had against New England based prospects including a knockout of then-undefeated Dominic Desanto of Norwalk, CT earlier this year and Johnathan Vasquez of New Bedford, MA - who was 4-0-1 at the time - just a few weeks ago.
GALARZA WINS ON THE ROAD!
In a four round junior middleweight bout, Brooklyn’s Frank Galarza (4-0, 1 KO) won a unanimous decision over the very game Danny Lugo (1-2) of Harrisburg, PA. Scores were 39-37 from all of the judges. This marked Galarza’s first fight outside of his home state of New York.
JACK LOOKS IMPRESSIVE
In a super middleweight fight, Sweden native Badou Jack (8-0, 7 KOs) stopped Eddie Caminero (7-6, 7 KOs) of Lawrence, MA at 1:47 of the fifth round with a well placed left hook to the liver. Jack was winning the fight handily from the opening round with accurate punching, however Caminero was able to land wide looping shots from time to time. Ultimately, Jack was too much for Caminero and began breaking him down in the latter part of the scheduled six rounder.
A left hook to the body put Caminero down in the fifth and though he beat the count, the referee determined that he had had enough awarding the TKO win to Jack.
PARSLEY REMAINS UNDEFEATED
In the opening bout of the evening, Brooklyn’s Delen Parsley (6-0, 2 KOs) kept his unbeaten record alive with a shutout unanimous decision over Jevon Boisseau (3-6-1) of New Orleans in a junior middleweight bout. Parsley was patient and relaxed as he boxed Boisseau to win round after round. Eventually, he picked up the pace in the latter half of the bout landing clean shots to the head and body of his durable opponent. All of the scorecards read 60-54.