NY FDNY EMT Will "Power" Rosinsky dropped his first pro bout, though it was no great shame, as he met top prospect Edwin Rodriguez in a clash of super middleweights on Friday night at Foxwoods in Connecticut.
In fact, maybe all shame should go to the judges, all three of whom scored it 100-90 for Rodriguez, in what was surely a closer bout than that.
New York's Steve Farhood, analyst for Showtime, sounded after the fight like he is a proponent of the Mike Woods Scoring System, as he pointed out that every round was tight, and indicated fractional rounds could be a useful tool to clarify scores.
The four-time Golden Glove champ Rosinsky, from Ozone Park, Queens, dropped to 14-1, while Rodriguez (Worcester, MA.) rose to 20-0 with the victory. The men were well acquainted, having fought on the US team together in 2005. The Rodriguez people say they didn't want this fight, because of the relationship, but they maintain Team Rosinsky started making clucking chicken noses, so they had to take the challenge.
The early rounds saw both men have some success. Rosinsky boxer better than most thought he would, as the smart money said Rodriguez was the "name" guy in this ShoBox tussle, and had the skill edge.
Rodriguez made his trainer happy in the fourth. His straight right on the button had to impress the judges as well. Rodriguez went through stretches in the middle rounds when he posed too much, waited too long to find that perfect moment to launch. Rosinsky won most of the eighth, but ate a sharp left hook near the end which could've stolen him the frame.
Rodriguez resorted to arm punching when fatigue set in late. Rosinsky's corner played an ace before the tenth, asking him to, "Do it for your father." His dad died last December.
The fighters hugged it out as the bell clanged to end the spirited clash, and then waited for the judges' call.