RESULTS FROM NEW YORK CITY
Scott Shaffer @ ringside
Rosinsky narrowly defeats Griffin
Will Rosinsky W10 Otis Griffin.. In the main event of DiBella Entertainment's Broadway Boxing show, Will Rosinsky won a decision over Otis Griffin in a very close bout. The official scores were 97-93 and 96-94 (twice). Rosinsky was cut over his left eye in the first round and absorbed several hard shots in the third. As the rounds progressed, Rosinsky did better from the outside, but Griffin was more effective during the close exchanges. In the eighth, Griffin pounded Rosinsky's now swollen eye with hard rights. The fight was close enough to create real suspense in the ring prior to the announcement of the verdict, but Rosinsky prevailed. Rosinsky acquired the vacant New York state light heavyweight title with this win, but seems well advised to return to the 168-pound division, where has spent most of his career.
Gabriel Bracero TKO4 Johnnie Edwards... Popular junior welterweight Gabriel Bracero got a rare stoppage victory by disposing of Johnnie Edwards in the fourth round. The bout ended when Bracero landed a good combination that included a left to Edwards' eye. Edwards, now 15-6-1, didn't immediately go down, but took a knee a few seconds later, pawing at his eye as if he was thumbed. The referee took a quick look and stopped the bout. Now 21-1 with 4 KOs, Bracero has rebounded with three straight wins since his lone loss to DeMarcus Corley.
Jo Jo Dan TKO5 Franklin Gonzalez... Ionut “Jo Jo” Dan returned to action one year removed from his last ring action, a loss to Selcuk Aydin. The Romanian-Canadian shook off the rust by stopping measuring stick Franklin Gonzalez in the fifth round. Dan landed a left to Gonzalez’s ribs that caused the Dominican to take a knee. With Gonzalez about to get up, the referee waved off the junior middleweight contest. The stoppage was premature, but Gonzalez, 15-12, had little to no chance of winning anyway. Dan’s fifth-round stoppage of Gonzalez is right in line with Gonzalez’s other losses (TKO3 to Luis Collazo, TKO8 to Sadam Ali and KO1 to Glen Tapia). Dan is now 30-2 and hopeful his new promoter Lou DiBella can land him a big fight in 2013.
Ivan Redkach W8 Edward Valdez... Ivan Redkach defeated Edward Valdez in an exciting battle between hard-hitting lightweights that was surprisingly competitive given the boxer’s records. Officially, Redkach (now 12-0) won by scores of 79-73 and 78-74 (twice), but it was not an easy win for him. Valdez drops to 11-9-2 but proved his mettle. In the fifth round, Redkach got worked over pretty good by Valdez in the corner. Redkach began landing heavy shots of his own in the sixth round, but he continued to get hit more than he should have been. When the eight-round bout was over, both men’s faces were marked up, Valdez’s more than Redkach’s.
Mikkel LesPierre brought a good jab and a strong fan base across the river from Brooklyn for his welterweight bout against Maryland’s Cornelius Whitlock. Unfortunately for him, he left his defense at home and was relegated to a draw against the pro debuting Whitlock. LesPierre’s jab won him the first two rounds. However, Whitlock came back to score two knockdowns in the third round, one of them courtesy of a spectacular right. LesPierre beat the count, albeit with a big mouse under his left eye, but the punched-out Whitlock threw nothing the rest of the round, and very little in the fourth round, making it impossible to score the last round in Whitlock’s favor. All three judges and Boxingtalk scored it a 37-37 draw, which includes a 10-7 third round. A rematch of this entertaining four rounder is clearly in order.
Aided by a knockdown, Brooklyn light heavyweight Travis Peterkin, 6-0, whitewashed San Antonio's Edward Tigs, 1-5-2, by three scores of 40-35... In heavyweight action, Brooklyn's Jarrell "Big Baby" Miller pounded Tyrone Gibson around the ring for a round and a half until the referee halted the contest. At the time of the stoppage, Gibson, 1-4, was cowering against the ropes, not throwing any punches. Miller, listed at a healthy but reasonably muscular 278 pounds, improves to 4-0... Daniel Calzada 5-6-2, pulled a mild upset, topping Allan Benitez, 7-2, via six-round unanimous decision in a welterweight bout... Akima Stocks of Newark, New Jersey won a four-round decision over Norwalk, Connecticut's Marva Dash. All three judges scored the womens' middleweight bout 40-36, although the referee appeared to miss a last-minute knockdown of Stocks. The win raises Stock's reciord to 5-0, while Dash falls to 0-2... In the opening bout, Dallas' Maurice Hooker knocked Las Vegas' Cameron Kreale down twice en route to a very wide unanimous decision over four rounds in the welterweight division. Hooker is now 7-0-1 compared to 2-4-2 for Kreale.