Rosinsky loses decision to Pavlik

July, 8, 2012
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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."
Michael Woods, a member of the board of the Boxing Writers Association of America, has been covering boxing since 1991. He writes about boxing for ESPN The Magazine and is the news editor for TheSweetScience.com.

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