Rosinsky was able to get the better of Griffin over the 10 rounds (Photo courtesy of DiBella Entertainment).
Queens Fighter Claims NY State Light Heavyweight Title
DiBella Entertainment returned to the Roseland Ballroom in New York City on Wednesday night, with a 10-bout benefit show for Hurricane Sandy victims that was the latest installment of his Broadway Boxing series. Queens native Will Rosinsky (17-2, 9 KOs) headlined the card against a very game Otis Griffin (24-11-2, 10 KOs), securing the New York State Light Heavyweight Championship after earning a well deserved unanimous decision victory.
Rosinksy walked down Griffin in the opening round, picking his spots and seemingly becoming pretty comfortable against his Sacramento counterpart. Griffin turned up the volume in the second frame, catching Rosinsky with a flush right hand late in the round that stunned him, but the bell would sound before he found himself in deeper waters of damage. Over the ensuing frames, Rosinsky looked to break down the body of his opponent, but he was exposing his left eye in the process and started to experience some significant swelling once Griffin was able to take advantage. However, the commitment by the New York native to the body began to open up some opportunities of his own for the short uppercut, and he capitalized when he found those openings.
Through a good portion of the middle rounds, neither fighter was able to put numbers on his punches, mostly getting off just a single shot at a time. Rosinsky did make an adjustment at the beginning of the seventh frame after being told by his corner to change that mode, however, and he put in a good three minutes by taking that approach. The next round saw Griffin come out with a newfound intensity, racing from his corner after the bell and piling on heavy pressure to his opposition. Rosinsky withstood the flurry, but a shift in momentum looked to be leaning in the direction of Griffin.
Rosinsky then countered by bringing the energy at the beginning of the ninth frame, and this competitive outing continued to entertain the crowd in attendance. Griffin opened the final round of this bout by working Rosinsky to the ropes and trying to smother him, but the Queens resident proved he was very sound defensively in retaliation to the attack. He was eventually able to shake loose from the pressure and get the fight back to the center of the ring, and that is where the final exchanges would occur.
After 10 frames of action, Rosinsky would pick up the New York State Title, claiming the unanimous decision victory with counts of 97-93 and 96-94 twice. After the bout, Rosinsky, who moved up in weight for this encounter, said he plans to move back to down to super middleweight or even all the way to middleweight.