Jerry Glick reporting from ringside: Lou DiBella, head man at DiBella Entertainment contacted the Red Cross to have them available at his ten fight card to collect donations to aid victims of hurricane Sandy. “Many of our fans come from, Breezy Point, Staten Island, the Rockaways, Long Island, and we owe an obligation as members of this community to do what we can,” said DiBella. “And the Red Cross is a great organization. Tonight’s not about making money, it’s about giving back.”
On a fast moving ten fight card, the main event featured Will “Power” Rosinsky who survived a shaky round two when a hard right had him in trouble. He came back to win a close decision to take the vacant New York State lightheavweight belt with a unanimous ten over tough Sacramento, CA resident, Otis “Triple OG” Griffin, 174, on a Broadway Boxing show at New York’s Roseland Ballroom in Midtown.
Rosinsky, 174, suffered a damaged left eye that started bleeding as early as round one. By the fourth frame it was apparent that it was beginning to swell. The fight was a rugged, seesaw battle that could have gone either way. Rosinsky, from Queens, NY, used pressure to make it an inside fight, but the rangy Griffin, did his best to catch him on the way in.
After a quiet ninth frame Rosinsky step up his game with a “Power”- ful, finish in the tenth. He chased Griffin around the ring landing combinations as he out slugged his taller foe for the entire three minutes.
The Judges scored it 96-94 twice and 97-93 all for Rosinsky. The winner improved to 17-2 (9 KOs), while the loser fell to 24-11-2 (10 KOs). At least the fighter from New York won the New York State title.
Gabriel “Tito” Bracero, 141, Brooklyn, NY, 21-1 (4 KOs), stopped stocky Johnnie Edwards, 142, Jacksonville, NC, 15-6-1 (8 KOs), in the fourth stanza when Edwards went down to his knee after taking a shot to his eye and telling referee Eddie Cotton that he was through for the evening at the 2:48 mark of round four. This was his first outing since 2009, as a junior-lightweight, he was outpointed by Jason Litzau. Against Bracero he fought as a welterweight.
Things began to go south for Edwards when he was hit by a right and fell into the ropes which referee Cotton correctly ruled as a knockdown in round one. Edwards was awkward and that made it a clumsy fight for Bracero. Edwards tried to pull back to avoid getting hit but Tito managed to dominate with superior skill and speed regardless.
Going the distance for the first time as a pro, Ukrainian born Ivan Redkach, 134, Los Angeles, CA, 13-0, (12 KOs), had many tough moments with Edward Valdez, 134, Brooklyn, NY/Dominican Republic, 11-9-2 (8 KOs), who threw enough right hands to win many of the rounds, but the judges gave it to the hard hitting Ukrainian with a score of 78-74 across the board. This reporter gave four rounds to each man, a draw. Either Valdez doesn’t hit that hard, or Redkach has a great chin because while there were many rights landed by Valdez, none appeared to hurt him.
In the fifth frame Valdez trapped his opponent on the ropes and landed almost everything he threw, and he threw a lot of punches with little coming back his way. Redkach could do no more than cover up. Finally he opened up with some of his own punches to work his way off the ropes. Valdez did the right thing against a hard banger like Redkach; he kept him busy fighting defensively. Sparkle Lee refereed.
Ionut Ion “Jo Jo” Dan, 150, Montreal, Canada, 30-2 (17 KOs), out worked, and out fought, Franklin Gonzalez, 150, Santo Domingo, DR, 15-12 (11 KOs), finally landing a left hook to the body of the fast tiring Gonzalez in the fifth frame of eight scheduled, dropping him at the start of the round. Gonzalez got up fast, but was obviously in poor shape prompting referee Eddie Claudio to end the fight at :11 of the round.
Travis Peterkin, 175, Brooklyn, NY, 6-0 (3 KOs), controlled all four rounds, decking, opponent Eddie Tigs, 169, San Antonio, 1-5-2, in the third round of four, to take a unanimous decision by a score of 40-35 from all three judges. Cotton refereed.
Mikkel Lespierre, 143, Brooklyn, NY, 1-0-1 (1 KO), came out very aggressively, chasing down, clever Cornelius Whitlock, 142, Hanover, MD, 0-0-1, landing some strong punches along the way, but he allowed debutant Whitlock to use his skills in the third stanza to land a right that caused Lespierre’s glove to touch the canvas, a knockdown, then connecting with another powerful right that dumped him for an eight count. He was clearly in trouble but bravely continued to finish the round, then won the last round. In rounds it was three to one Lespierre, but the two knockdowns earned Whitlock a draw with a score of 37-37 from all three judges. Claudio refereed.
Akima Stocks, 154, Newark, NJ, 5-0 (3 KOs), had too much experience and muscle for Marva Dash, 156, Norwalk, CT, 0-2, and out fought her, mostly on the inside, to take home a unanimous decision, as the three Judges agreed 40-36. Lee refereed.
They call him ”Big Baby,” I only agree with the “Big” part, ‘cause Jarrell Miller, 242, Brooklyn, NY, 4-0 (4 KOs), is no baby. He was too big and powerful for Tyrone Gibson, 230, Hibbing, MN, 1-4 (1 KO), stopping him at 1:25 of the second frame after referee Cotton decided that Gibson had taken enough punches.
He has a losing record so it was a surprise when Danny Calzada, 135, Denver, CO, 5-6-2 (1 KO), dominated his ever crouching opponent, Allan Benitez, 136, Oxnard, CA, 7-2 (1 KO), by scores of 60-54, and 59-55 two times. Lee refereed.
Calzada, never allowed Benitez to mount an attack by keeping his punch output high both at long range and inside.
After a competitive opening round, unbeaten Maurice Hooker, 141, Dallas, TX, 7-0-1 (5 KOs), stepped it up to dominate Cameron Kreal, 139, Las Vegas, NV, 2-4-2 (0 KOs), dropping him in the second and third rounds to win a unanimous decision with scores of 40-34 twice and 39-35. Claudio refereed.