by Jim McGrady
If you’re a New York fight fan, then you already know Will “Power” Rosinsky: Queens, N.Y. native, four time N.Y. Golden Glove champion, and (now) 14-1 (8 ko) professional. On Friday night, October 21st Rosinsky appeared in the main event of Showtime’s “Showbox” program on a fight card called “Octoberfist” promoted by Lou DiBella.
Rosinsky came in as the opponent for “rising star”, super middleweight Edwin Rodriguez. Rodriguez came in as the favorite, but insiders knew what was coming their way once the fight came underway and they weren’t wrong: Rosinsky gave Rodriguez all he could handle, and then some. When all was said and done opinions swung both ways as to who won the bout, but one thing that wasn’t in question was the poor scoring.
Let’s face it, we can’t say anything more negative about fight judging that hasn’t already been said hundreds of times, and you’d be correct to state it all over again if you saw what went down Saturday night. As a random Facebook post read after the fight: “the scorecards must have been filled out before the fight even started”. Scores of 100-90 across the board for Edwin Rodriguez had everyone scratching their heads and asking the old familiar question, “what fight were those guys watching”? Many felt Rosinsky had deserved at least a draw, if not the win.
Will was kind enough to give The Boxing Tribune some time and answer a few questions for us.
Boxing Tribune: First off Will, thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule for this interview. Congratulations on a great fight Saturday, your fans knew what kind of fight you’d put on but it was obvious some the “insiders’ didn’t know you so well. How do feel about your performance?
Will Rosinsky: I feel I did what I needed to win, even while fighting basically in his backyard. I say I should “at least” get the draw just to give some reflection on the performance, but anyone that watched the fight knows I should be 15-0 right now.
BT: You looked shocked (like most of us) when the scores were being announced. What was going through your mind when you heard it was 100-90 accross the board?
WR: I reacted as soon as the announcer said 100. I didn’t have to hear anything else, I knew the fix was in and it was obviously going to him.
BT: You have a long history with Rodriguez, dating back you your amateur days. How did this help you prepare for the fight?
WR: Well, I prepared physically for the fight like I would anyone else, if I knew him or not. It was a lot of mental preparation for me. I had to put that “friends” stuff to the side and fight as though I hated him, as I do with all opponents and stepping stones.
BT: You’ve had big experience in the amateurs, but this was your first major exposure on the professional level, and Rodriguez was coming in as the favorite. Did any of this give you added motivation (or nervousness)?
WR: It absolutely gave me motivation because I wanted to make a statement to all the people making predictions. It was asinine for them to even think that I was the underdog without doing their research because I was just as much of a standout in the amateurs as he was. Maybe these same people will think twice before they make predictions when they don’t know a lot about BOTH fighters.
BT: How did you feel going past eight rounds for the first time?
WR: I felt great, I was totally prepared. As I said before the fight, he only went 10 rounds once so it’s not like he had much more experience when it comes to that. I don’t think I even realized the real shape I was in until fight night. I felt like I could have gone five more rounds…easily!
BT: We know it’s just been a few days, but what’s next?
WR: Not sure what’s next YET. I’m definitely not discouraged from this, but instead very motivated. My goal at this point is to make as much of a statement in the next couple of fights so I can get a rematch. Also, I know many more people will be watching now when they hear I’m fighting.
BT: Some general info questions for our readers: as a highly decorated amateur boxer, was the transistion to the pro ranks a difficult one?
WR: Not at all. We (my team and I) took it fairly slow. I fought some of the best guys in the amateurs. It’s like going from high school to college. You end off at the top and start over.
BT: Can you tell us a little about your training team?
WR: Felipe Gomez is the chief second. He won the N.Y. Golden Gloves twice and has been involved with boxing since he was very young, and he’s now 39 years old. Jay Rodriguez is the second man in the corner. He’s also one half of my strength and conditioning team (the other half is Mike Speigel). Both guys are also NY Golden Gloves champions. Yes, they are young but they have knowledge. Both Jay Rodriguez and Mike Speigel are highly trained personal trainers that have played a big role in my conditioning for this fight along with the boxing workouts with Felipe. The final man in the corner is my cut man, Mike Rella. He is the calm one that keeps everyone relaxed in the corner because he’s been doing it for so long. He’s been in the corners of people like Luis Collazo, Travis Simms, Tarvis Simms, Danny Jacobs etc…
BT: In addition to being a pro boxer, you also work as an EMT in Brooklyn which is a busy and demanding career. Is it difficult to train / stay mentally focused as a pro fighter while having a job like that?
WR: It can be, but I leave work…at work. You just have to learn how to not bring the job home with you. I love my job and all the people I work with. Battalion 39 is the best place in the world. I don’t consider it a job, I love it too much.
BT: Is anything else you’d like to add?
WR: I just want to thank EVERYONE for all the “noise” they have been making about the fight. I can cry “robbery” all I want (which will become annoying) but when people who watched the fight step up and voice their opinion, it has more people listening. I appreciate the love and support from everyone online: YouTube, Facebook, blogs, radio and anywhere else people are speaking out!!
The Boxing Tribune once again wants to thank Will “Power” Rosinsky for speaking with us. We all wish you well in the future of your career (and hope you get that rematch). You gained a lot of fans this past weekend and we look forward to seeing you in the ring again.
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