By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
On Friday night boxing returned to the old school style of club fights with an entertaining professional card at the PAL Gym in Yonkers New York. The gym had the look and feel of what boxing was like in the early fifties and sixties and the atmosphere was electric. The fights did little to disappoint as fans were treated to a competitive card featuring some of the top local and regional prospects. The eight bout card promoted O’Shea Brothers Boxing Inc. featured the successful return of Carlos Zambrano (7-0, 2 KOs), who scored a hard fought six round unanimous decision victory over a very durable Jason Rorie (5-4-2, 2 KOs). In the co-feature of the evening, highly touted light heavyweight “Big” Will Rosinsky (9-0, 6 KOs) captured an impressive six round unanimous decision victory over Raynard Darden (10-20-1, 4 KOs).
The main event was a tough test for the 25 year old featherweight Carlos “Mina” Zambrano who faced a tough road warrior in Jason Rorie of Winston Salem, North Carolina, but he passed with flying colors.
Zambrano constantly stepped in and out of the pocket in the opening round behind stiff jabs and tight two punch combinations. Rorie, who sported a misleading 5-3-2 record coming in knew what it took to fight in front of someone elses home crowd, having fought all but one of his fights away from his hometown of Winston Salem North Carolina as he calmly ducked low and countered with a few short combinations of his own.
Both fighters traded early in the second round with hopes of controlling the ring, but it was Zambrano who won most of the exchanges with his tighter punches and hand speed.
As the rounds progressed, Zambrano started to look more for the big over hand right. A small cut appeared just to the left of Zambrano left eye caused from an accidental head butt late in round two, but it didn’t bleed much. “He kept diving in with his head,” said Zambrano afterwards. “I didn’t want to get butted again so it took away my bodywork and I was forced to be more careful from his awkward style.”
Rorie continued to stay low in round three and was able to work the body of Zambrano. A big right hand from Rorie gained the attention of the tough Peruvian early in the round. The punch appeared to give Rorie more confidence and he opened up with wide two punch combinations, but Zambrano connected with a sweeping right hand on the button which stunned Rorie as the bell sounded to end the round
The fight got rough in round four as Rorie became frustrated and threw Zambrano to the ground during a clinch. Rorie appeared angry a kept pressing forward, looking for that one big shot. Zambrano regained his cool though and forced his will on Rorie with quick right hands. Rorie fought back with resilience, scoring a few heavy counters to the body. Zambrano remained the busier fighter and won the middle rounds with combinations that kept Rorie honest.
In the final two rounds Rorie’s punches got wider. Zambrano kept his wild swinging opponent at bay in the final two rounds by jabbing on the outside.
All three judges saw the fight in favor of Carlos Zambrano by scores of 60-54, 59-55 and 58-56.
Zambrano talked about how tough the fight was afterward. “He was a tough rival because he kept punching and punching while coming forward,” said Zambrano. “He could have fallen or he could not have fallen, so I came prepared to fight the full six rounds and it showed in my stamina.”
Look for Carlos Zambrano to return on October 24th in Lima, Peru.
The co-feature of the evening, saw local crowd favorite William Rosinsky of Queens, New York move his record to (9-0, 6 KOs) by scoring a one sided six round unanimous decision victory over a very durable Raynard Darden (10-20-1, 4 KOs).
Rosinsky came with multiple combinations behind a tight left jab, which kept Darden at bay in the early couple of rounds.
Will Rosinsky at the behest of the crowd, tried to go for a knockout with heavy overhand rights in round three. Darden was a veteran though and kept his chin ducked nicely behind his shoulder and covered well to prevent any real damage. Seeing he wouldn’t go to the canvas, Will went back to boxing in round four by doubling and tripling on his left jabs and banging the body with hooks whenever he got inside. Darden’s clinches happened more frequently as he tired and referee Danny Schiavone warned him that he would take a point if he continued to do it. Rosinsky almost immediately took advantage of the warning with a big overhand right, but Darden rolled with it and then clinched again.
Rosinsky had to be a little cautious in the final two rounds as Darden would occasionally throw a wild hook with intentions of scoring a one punch knockout. However it was not to be as Rosinsky worked on the inside and outside, scoring with well placed combinations right up until the final bell sounded to end the fight.
All three judges saw the fight in favor of Will Rosisnsky by score of 60-54 x 2 and 59-55 respectively.
“He (Darden) was very defensive guy and very hard to hit,” said Rosinsky. “He had a very a awkward defense. It was not about being worried of getting hit, but of me getting frustrated from not being able to hit him clean. I kept my composure though and won the fight.”
In a special women’s junior featherweight contest, Nydia Feliciano (1-0-1) of Brooklyn, New York excited the local crowd with a four round unanimous victory over had luck Karen Dulin (1-3, 1 KO) of Portsmouth, New Hampshire.
The first two rounds were close as Dulin appeared to be the more accurate puncher but Feliciano was the busier and stronger puncher.
Dulin seemed to tire from getting consistently hit with the left jabs of Feliciano and began to cover more in round three. This gave Feliciano to straighten her right hands out and land several good shots up top. Late in the round Feliciano landed several 1-2 combinations and some uppercuts but Dulin countered well with rights which slowed the exchanges.
Feliciano did not get careless and effectively boxed her way through the final round as Dulin just didn’t have the power to mount an attack. All three judges scored the bout 40-36 in favor of Nydia Feliciano
Undefeated middleweight Dennis “Mommas Boy” Douglin once again made his mother proud with a one sided four round unanimous decision victory over fellow Brooklyn native Rondu Campbell.
Douglin, a lightning quick southpaw, worked the body in round two, which slowed Campbell.
The fight changed in round three as Rondu Campbell tried to muscle him against the ropes, but Douglin would have none of it and countered with heavy shots before spinning off the ropes.
Douglin at the behest of his mother in his corner turned up the attack in round four and banged away at the body with clubbing hooks. All Campbell could do was to cover and weather the storm, until the final bell sounded to end the fight.
All three judges saw the bout 40-36 in favor of Dennis Douglin, who ups his record to (6-0, 3 KOs). Rondu Campbell slips to (2-2-1, 0 KOs).
Huntington, New York’s Chris Algieri pushed his record to (9-0, 5 KOs) with a 3rd round retirement of Brooklyn New York’s Edward Valdez (3-7-2, 2 KOs).
Algieri paced himself early in the six round junior welterweight contest, figuring that Valdez was a tough fighter who had only been stopped once in his professional career. In round two Algieri started to work the body which made Valdez change to a more defensive style of fighting, with fewer wild shots.
Algieri stepped up the pressure in round three with a variety combination as Valdez went onto the ropes in the closing seconds of the round. Valdez appeared to be withering from the heavy and constant onslaught from Algieri.
It surprised many in the crowd that the fight was stopped in the corner after the round, but it saved Valdez from more of the same, as Algieri was continually wearing him down from his multiple combinations.
Hard-hitting junior welterweight prospect, Juan Zegarra of North Bergen, New Jersey raised his undefeated record to a perfect (3-0, 3 KOs) with a third round technical knockout of Harlem New York’s Bernal Ayers (0-2) in the scheduled four round contest.
The hard punching Zegarra set down on his punches in round two and seemed to be the more skilled fighter, as he backed up Ayers in the closing seconds. A mouse appeared under the left eye of Ayers from the heavy rights hands in the opening two rounds by Zegarra.
Ayers tried to get back on track in round three, but the hand speed and power of Zegarra was too much and he was forced backward. Zegarra jumped on him while he was against the ropes with a flurry of punches with nothing coming in return. Ayers hands dropped and he turned away, forcing referee Pete Santiago to step in and call halt to the bout at 1:23 of third round.
There was also a special attraction on the card as two winless junior welterweights battled it out in a fight appropriately titled “Someone’s O must go.” The hometown favorite Angel Torres of Yonkers, New York captured his first win in this one after five unsuccessful tries, by dropping Jose Guerrido of the Bronx, New York, once in round two, before finishing the show with a TKO at the forty three second mark of the second round.
Angel Torrez raises his record to (1-3-2, 1 KO), while Jose Guerrido falls to (0-5).
In the opening bout of the evening, former junior olympic champion Raul Lopez needed just twenty-three seconds to win his first fight of his professional career as he steamrolled winless Gustavo Naranjo (0-3).
Raul Lopez from the Bronx in New York immediately hurt Gustavo Naranjo with a left hook and he fell back to the ropes. Lopez jumped on him and unleashed a flurry of punches as Naranjo was defenseless and sat on the bottom rope before trying to get up. Referee Sparkle Lee immediately stepped in to prevent any further damage at the 23 second mark