Sostre Decisions Rainone!
By: Alexander Dombroff at ringside
Daniel Sostre used a late rally to win a unanimous decision over Tom Rainone in a bout that topped a seven fight card from the Plattdeutsche Park Restaurant in Franklin Square, New York, a part of the country that will be spotlighted in a month’s time when the Belmont Stakes, the third leg of horse racing’s triple crown, takes place here.
If you could put it in racing terms, Rainone (11-3, 3 KOs) was the front runner. By starting fast and pressing the action, his southpaw style made Sostre reluctant, by his own admission, to counter with an attack of his own.
“Anytime I fight a southpaw,” said Sostre. “I have to study them. They’re awkward. He did alright in the first few rounds.”
It being an eight round fight, Sostre couldn’t afford to waste too much time, and a right hook by Rainone early in round three served as a wakeup call.
Sostre went on to dominate the rest of the round, and for the most part, the rest of the fight, as Rainone’s punch output began to drop significantly.
“I picked it up,” said Sostre. “He might’ve won two or three rounds. The rest I won.”
Official scores were 78-74, 78-74, and 77-75, all for Sostre. FightNews similarly scored the bout, 77-75 for Sostre.
Rainone blamed his slowdown in the final rounds on a punch Sostre landed to his throat in round five.
However, Rainone didn’t believe he was giving the fight away. Instead, he saw himself coasting to victory.
“He didn’t hurt me,” said Rainone. “I was just uncomfortable. In my mind I was winning the fight.”
With the win, Sostre (9-3, 3 KOs) retained the New York State welterweight title he won back in January.
Moore Survives Stiff Test!
Irishman James Moore got as good as he gave from a surprising opponent, but did just enough to escape with a six round unanimous decision.
Moore (17-2, 10 KOs), who has made a name in the New York boxing circuit by beating faded former contenders such as JC Candelo and Thomas Davis, was given a stiff test from upstart Joseph De Los Santos.
When it appeared Moore had his opponent figured out in the early rounds, De Los Santos (4-4-3, 2 KOs) came back strong with a strong counter-punching attack.
The sixth round was the best of the night, with both men slugging it out in the center of the ring looking for a final push on the judges’ scorecards.
The official scores were 59-55 and 58-56 twice, all to Moore.
Rosinsky Gets Off the Canvas, Beats Hemphill!
It was a night of firsts for three time national Golden Gloves winner Will Rosinsky.
It was the first time Rosinsky had been extended the distance in a professional fight, and even worse, the first time he had been dropped. But the end result was ultimately the same as his previous six fights, a win.
In the opening seconds of round one, an off balance Rosinsky ate a straight right from Andre Hemphill. It sent Rosinsky reeling back and eventually to the canvas.
But Rosinsky (7-0, 6 KOs) had little trouble the rest of the way.
Despite having gone past the first round only once in his young career, Rosinsky was quicker and sharper than Hemphill (7-10-2, 4 KOs) throughout the duration of the fight.
Although Hemphill never tasted the canvas himself, he was thoroughly dominated to the point where the knockdown of Rosinsky became an afterthought.
Official scores were 59-55 twice and 58-55, all to Rosinsky, giving an idea of how dominant he was considering two of the three judges didn’t even bother to give Hemphill an extra point for the knockdown he scored.
Aguilera Decisions Late Replacement Barnes!
Young heavyweight Nagy Aguilera won a clear cut six-round unanimous decision over late replacement Jermell Barnes.
Aguilera (12-1, 7 KOs) was originally supposed to face Zack Page, but Page was disapproved by the state commission for having fought two weeks earlier in Texas. So in came the trial horse Barnes (18-20-2, 4 KOs), whose one win in the last five years actually came vs. Page, a split decision in 2007.
While both fighters were equally busy in the early going it was Aguilera who was doing the more effective work, keeping Barnes against the ropes for long stretches of time.
The fight really opened up in round four as Barnes gave up trying to win and began trying to survive as he held on to Aguilera whenever possible.
All three judges had Aguilera pitching a 60-54 shutout on their cards.
Algieri Breaks Rodriguezís Spirit, Nose!
From the opening bell it was obvious: Chris Algieri came to fight, Erick Rodriguez came to do anything but.
Algieri (6-0, 4 KOs) spent three rounds chasing Rodriguez (4-4, 2 KOs) around the ring, after which the bout was stopped on advice of the ringside doctor who claimed Rodriguez had a broken nose.
It was an easy win for Algieri, and for Rodriguez a nice warm-up for whatever track event he might consider racing in the 2012 Summer Olympics.
Bianconi Stops Brujan!
Perhaps the most interesting result of the night came from the middleweight contest between Marcus Bianconi and debuting Emmanuel Brujan. Bianconi scored a first round stoppage, but not without a bit of controversy.
Bianconi (4-0, 4 KOs) badly hurt Brujan (0-1) with the very first punch he threw in the fight, a left hook that dropped Brujan into the corner of the ring.
Brujan got up but appeared on the verge of being stopped as he continued to eat leather.
However, it seemed Brujan had weathered the storm and possibly even turned the tide as he backed Bianconi up on the ropes. It was at that moment the ringside doctor motioned for referee Tony Chiarantano to bring Brujan over to be examined. It was during that examination that the doctor suggested to Chiarantano the contest be halted.
It led to a clearly responsive Brujan shouting audibly at anyone who would listen, the ringside physicians, the referee, the commission members, and the fans asking why the fight had been stopped.
The stoppage would’ve been perfectly acceptable thirty seconds earlier when Brujan was getting beaten badly, but instead now looks to be a case of bad timing as Brujan was on the offensive when he was called over to be looked at.
Howard Remains Unbeaten!
Heavyweight Kasim Howard kept his undefeated record intact with a six round unanimous decision over Naser Mohamed Aly.
Neither man did anything to make themselves stand out but Howard (8-0, 4 KOs) was the busier fighter, and Aly (6-3, 3 KOs) spent a lot of the fight backing away from Howard.
Official scores were 59-55, 58-56, and 58-56, all to Howard.
At ringside was IBF jr welterweight champion Paulie Malignaggi, legendary referee Arthur Mercante - whose son Arthur Mercante Jr. was referring many of the evening’s bouts - plus fan favorite female boxer Maureen Shea.
It was another sellout for promoter Bob Duffy of Ringside Promotions at the historic Plattduetsche Park restaurant. Duffy, a retired NYPD detective and the former Director of Boxing for the New York State Athletic Commission, plans to return to the Plattduetsche Park in the July