"La Bomba" Defeats "Power"
By Chris Coreschi
The main event featured Edwin “La Bamba” Rodriguez 20-0(14)
of Worcester, MA against Will “Power” Rosinsky 14-1(8) of
Queens, NY in a ten round super middleweight contest. The
bout figured to be a crowd pleaser as both men had unbeaten
records and have shown good power in previous bouts.
Rodriguez who is ranked in the top ten by the three major
sanctioning bodies was looking to improve his position in
the super middleweight rankings and possibly put himself in
line for a title shot.
The first round was all action with Rodriguez the more
accurate puncher and Rosinsky showing more aggression. Both
men scored repeatedly with Rodriguez more effective to the
body than Rosinsky and both men landing shots up top.
The second round was again action from start to finish with
Rosinsky moving forward and Rodriguez making him pay.
Rosinsky seemed to be very wary of Rodriguez' power leaving
his body wide open and Rodriguez took full advantage landing
heavy blows that seemed to bother Rosinsky. Rodriguez landed
a big right hand with about twenty seconds to go that
stopped Rosinsky in his tracks.
Round three Rosinsky's best thus far and a great round
overall. Both men were throwing very heavy shots and had
good moments. Rodriguez seemed to land the more effective
shots but Rosinsky kept coming forward and applying pressure
Another good round for Rosinsky, another better round for
Rodriguez. Rosinsky, who is game just doesn't seem to have
the power to keep Rodriguez off of him. Rodriguez finished
the round with a clean right hand to Rosinky's jaw.
The gap seems to be widening as the rounds progress,
Rosinsky uses an effective jab to get inside and Rodriguez
counters with a body attack. Continuing to use the body
attack to try and bring down the hands of Rosinsky,
Rodriguez is taking control of the action working up and
Round six slows a little and both men seem to take a
breather, Rodriguez is the bigger, more talented fighter and
it continues to show as the fight goes on. Round seven sees
Rodriguez beginning to press the action more and more
landing the bigger, cleaner shots. Rosinsky continues to
stand in front of Rodriguez and he is paying a heavy price
and Rodriguez unloads power shot after power shot. Rosinky
has a great chin.
As round eight starts it is no surprise to find Rosinsky
moving forward, “Pressure” might be a better nickname than
“Power” though as he can't keep Rodriguez off. The action is
non stop as both men exchange blows bringing the crowd to
their feet and drawing applause from the press at ringside
after what could be a round of the year candidate.
Round nine was another crowd pleaser as as both men continue
to trade blows. The action is back and forth and both men
have their moments. The round finishes with another strong
exchange that Rosinsky seems to get the best of. The tenth
and final round is a little less intense than the previous
two but it sees Rosinsky continuing to move forward and
Rodriguez backing up without throwing as many punches as in
previous rounds possibly giving the round to Rosinsky.
After ten rounds of furious action all three judges saw the
bout the same way, a unanimous shutout victory for Rodriguez
100-90. I had the bout scored 98-93 in favor of Rodriguez
seven rounds to two with one even. The fight was closer than
the scores indicate and opinions varied at ringside with
Showtime Commentator and current IBO world cruiserweight
champion Antonio Tarver had Rosinsky winning the fight.
Rodriguez was certainly impressive in victory and Rosinsky
was fantastic in defeat. I can't wait to see them both
In the co-feature Gabriel Bracero 18-0(3) of Brooklyn, NY
was looking to capture his first championship, the vacant
NABF junior welterweight title, in a 10 round bout against
Daniel “The Hudson Valley Kid” Sostre 11-5-1(4) of Highland,
NY. Bracero whose career was interrupted by a six year
prison stretch has been on a twelve fight winning streak
since his return to the ring. Sostre is coming off a
lackluster performance, a unanimous decision loss to Ray
Serrano, which he attributed to injuries to both of hands.
Sostre looked tentative and tight early as Bracero moved
forward working to the head and body. Sostre came out a
little more aggressive in round two and was attempting to
mount some offense when Bracero caught him midway through
the round with two left hands slowing Sostre, the round
finished with a good exchange on the ropes.
The third round was more of the same with Bracero, looking
stronger and more economical with his punches, continued to
maintain control of the fight. Bracero started using the
attack to the body much more effectively in round four
scoring repeatedly. Sostre appeared to be tiring as Bracero
kept the pressure on.
The fifth round is the most competitive thus far punctuated
by a couple of good exchanges including one to close the
round. Referee Steve Smoger has not had much to do thus far
as the fighters are keeping the action going. I have Bracero
ahead five rounds to none at this point. Bracero continues
to press forward, seeming to want it more than Sostre does
through six rounds. Though Sostre is taller and has a longer
reach than Bracero he is being out jabbed, out punched and
out hustled so far in the fight.
Rounds seven and eight continued to be the Gabriel Bracero
show, his will to win becoming more apparent with each
exchange in stark contrast to the lack of will shown by
Sostre. Bracero is the more active fighter by a large margin
and he had bloodied Sostre's lip by the end of round eight.
The ninth round saw Bracero continue to walk through Sostre
with little resistance. Sostre threw a strong left hand with
about thirty seconds left prompting Bracero to throw and
eight to ten punch combination to end the round. The look
Sostre gave Bracero at the end of the round was the toughest
thing he threw all night.
Sostre finally showed some life in the tenth round but it
was far too little and far too late as Bracero punctuated
the round with a strong right hand to hand to body.
Bracero was the busier, stronger and more focused fighter
throughout all ten rounds on his way to a clear cut
unanimous victory with scores of 100-90 twice and 99-91 to
capture the vacant championship.
Crowd favorite Ryan “Polish Prince” Kielczewski 12-0(2) of
Quincey, MA pounded out a 6 round unanimous decision over
game but outclassed Willie Villanueva 10-4(2) of
Albuquerque, NM. Kielczewski used his quickness to keep
Villanueva off balance for most of the fight, never letting
him get comfortable. He also used a stiff jab to bloody
Dyah “Ali” Davis 20-2-1(9), in what one ringside observer
called a “right of passage for any super middleweight”,
defeated Darnell Boone 19-18-3(8) via unanimous decision,
Scores 59-56, 59-55 and 58- 56. Davis used his jab to
control much of the fight against Boone who didn't mount
much of an offense.
Danny O'Connor 16-1(4) and Bryan Abraham 5-8-2(5) met in an
entertaining 6 round junior welterweight fight. O'Connor
knocked Abraham down in the second round with a right hand.
After suffering a knockdown of his own in the fifth round
O'Connor turned up the heat and finished strong in winning a
unanimous decision. Scores 59-54,58-54 and, given that
O'Connor was knocked down, a baffling 60-54.
In a spirited 4 round junior middleweight scrap Frank
Galarza 4-0(1) fighting out of Brooklyn, NY defeated Daniel
Lugo1-2 of Harrisburg, PA via unanimous decision, 39-37 on
all three scorecards.
Bado "The Ripper" Jack 8-0(7) knocked out Eddie
Caminero with a left hook to the body at 1:47 of the fifth
round in a super middleweight bout.
In the opening bout of the evening Delon “Sniper” Parsley
6-0(2) defeated Jevon Boisseau 3-6-1 by unanimous decision
in a junior middleweight contest. 60-54 all three judges.