By Derek Bonnett: Will "Power" Rosinsky knows a thing or two about disappointment. Back in October of last year, Rosinsky gave Edwin "La Bomba" Rodriguez his toughest battle as a professional. Showtime’s unofficial card had the bout a draw, but the official judges scoring the contest did not award him a single round. Reporting from press row that night, I also scored the fight in favor of Rodriguez, but the notion that Rosinsky did not win a single round is ludicrous. In fact, at the final bell, I recall the unsure faces of many local writers supporting Rodriguez.
Two fights later, Rosinsky, 27, has improved his record to 16-1 (9) including a career best win over Aaron Pryor Jr. on June 14. Against Rodriguez, Rosinsky proved he is a formidable prospect with believable hopes of becoming a bonafide contender. On July 7, Rosinsky will have the opportunity to prove himself again as he takes on, former middleweight champion, Kelly Pavlik. Pavlik, 39-2 (34), has won twice this year as well, but Rosinsky appears to be built of far sterner stuff than The Ghost’s most recent conquests.
"[I have to]try even harder to not leave it in the hands of the judges," Rosinsky stated. "As a subjective sport, you never know what the judges see. I’m on my way into the sport while Pavlik’s on his way out. I wouldn’t fight me if I was trying to make a comeback."
Brazen words for a fighter going in against someone as proven as Pavlik, 30, but these are words I have complete faith that Rosinsky believes to his very core. Rosinsky came into Rodriguez’ backyard and dictated the pace of their contest. He proved to have some mettle and a whole lot of moxie. I expect we will see more of that on HBO on July 7.
This will be by far the biggest stage of Rosinsky’s young career, but having fought on Showtime once already should help him ease into the environment of the whole event. There’s no doubt that Rosinsky is being brought in to serve the role of the opponent against the popular Pavlik. This doesn’t seem to impact Rosinsky though as he moves forward with great confidence and composure.
"I am driven by the training and dedication the sport requires to be successful," Rosinsky explained. "My ’Power’ comes from being the underdog in some people’s eyes and being able to prove the same people wrong. There is nothing better than saying ’I told you I would!’"
Make no mistake though. Rosinsky is not undergoing a routine training camp for the biggest fight of his career. His focus has pinpointed numerous areas of concern to ensure he is 100% for Pavlik. What has he done differently this time?
"For one, making sure I get the rest needed," Rosinsky related. "In this case, I’m coming off of a short/no rest between fights. We definitely built that into the schedule. I’m ready, in very good shape, on weight and concentrating on getting stronger. Between the strength and conditioning plus boxing, I’m ready to go!"
Will the quick turnaround from Pryor Jr. to Pavlik be a blessing in disguise or lead to letdown? That remains to be seen for now, but Rosinsky knows exactly what is on the line. Pavlik’s name has been mentioned in potential match-ups with both Lucian Bute and Carl Froch this year. If Rosinsky can successfully fulfill the role of spoiler as Josesito Lopez did against Victor Ortiz last week, who knows what the future might bring.
"A win against Pavlik puts me in the mix of the top guys," Rosinsky stated. "He’s a great name to have on my résumé and I am looking forward to what the future holds after I shock a lot of people. I haven’t thought about what a loss would do because losing is not an option in my eyes."
But, as I stated earlier, Rosinsky something of disappointment. Richard Abril sure looked like the victor of his lightweight out against Brandon Rios. Seemingly, even a favorite like Manny Pacquiao isn’t safe from inept or, more likely, corrupt scoring. How can the name Rosinsky match Pavlik’s?
"In the case that this fight goes the distance, I hope the judges are fair," Rosinsky said. "Judges get star-struck also, so I hope they see the fight as it is. In this case, Pavlik is/was the superstar and I’m just that kid from Queens, NY."
Yes, but Rosinsky is one tough "kid from Queens, NY", who I can’t see taking a backward step all night. There’s no doubt Rosinsky is in deep, but I can’t help but feel Pavlik is in a lot deeper than he expects. I said the same things about Josesito Lopez and Victor Ortiz last week.
"Let’s get ready to rumble!"
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June 29, 2012