A Week in Will’s World Part 2; Witherspoon; Skeete-Symonds
by Will Rosinsky – Dear Friends, Fans and Members of the Media,
As fight night approaches, mixed feelings start to conjure. Unlike many fighters, calm seems to be one of my most prominent feelings. The reason is simple, I am definitely less anxious when fighting at home. I absolutely love the crowd. Their support and presence keeps me calm. There’s just something about fighting in New York that’s exhilarating but comforting. When I’m going into the final round, there isn’t much that can be compared to that energy from the crowd roaring and cheering their hearts out.
Looking back at the Pavlik fight, I’m grateful. Facing Pavlik was an opportunity that I couldn’t have passed up, even with the short notice. That fight was something that made me a better fighter in many aspects. I came into the biggest fight of my career with tons of pressure from the media, an unfamiliar crowd and fighting a top rated former world champ. I learned and will take that experience into every fight.
As far as my job is concerned, recently it has been slower than usual on my ambulance. The irony as I get closer to my fight. I had the common stomach aches, headaches, EDP’s (Emotionally Disturbed Person) and occasional car accidents, luckily with no serious injuries. On a brighter note, Monday (Dec 10) was my last day at work until after the fight. Now instead of going straight to work after the gym and running or doing sprints right after work, I get to relax a little in between. I look forward to really focusing on the fight, getting into beast mode and watching more tape on my upcoming opponent.
The Pacquiao-Marquez fight showed us once again that anything can happen in a great boxing match. With a draw to kick off the trilogy and then two debatable wins for Pacquiao, they felt a fourth would do this duo justice. And it seems to have done just that. One perfectly placed straight right can evidently end everything. I hope Pacquiao recovers from that both physically and mentally. He is a great fighter and I’m optimistic that he will make good decisions going forward with his career. Ultimately, he should enjoy all the money boxing has brought him.
With Christmas approaching I just want to acknowledge all my fans that are coming to support me next Wednesday. As I always say, the fans are much appreciated and a big component to my fight career. Knowing they are there to support, my goal is to always try my best to deliver a crowd pleasing fight. The fact that people are still willing to come out and support me even when holiday season is right around the corner shows the quality of people that are behind me. I am looking forward to seeing and hearing all of my fans and can’t wait for fight night.
16-2 (9 KO’s)
Hellraiser boxer Chas ‘The Bomb’ Symonds is planning to be a new ‘Cinderella Man.’
Symonds joined Mickey Helliet’s stable after three straight losses and has gone on to win the Southern Area welterweight championship.
He defends his belt against Bradley Skeete in what could be the fight of the night on the massive ‘Three Kings’ show at The ExCel Arena on Saturday night and says the Penge slickster won’t wreck his plans to win major honours in 2013.
Skeete was a top amateur – he was beaten by Ronnie Heffron in the 2010 ABA welterweight final – and takes the step up to championship level after nine straight wins.
Symonds hasn’t been impressed by what he’s seen of Skeete – and has cranked up the pressure in the countdown to the 10-round fight.
“Skeete isn’t as good as people think he is – and this has come too soon for him,” he said.
“He’s trying to run before he can walk. I know he reached the ABA final – but so what ?
Ronnie Heffron beat him in the final and look what Denton Vassell did to him the other week.
I’m 100 per-cent confident I’m going to keep my belt and move on to bigger things.
If I don’t knock him out, his corner will pull him out. I know he’s tall and I know what I’ve got to do.
I’m sure he will have a game plan of his own – until I smack him on the jaw !”
Two Time Heavyweight Champ Tim Witherspoon Appointed VP of Malta Boxing Commission
One of boxing’s greatest ambassadors, two time Heavyweight Champion of the
World ‘Terrible’ Tim Witherspoon, becomes the latest big name to join the
board of the newly revitalised Malta Boxing Commission.
The American superstar, who has been appointed Honorary Vice President,
joins fellow legend, two time, two division Champion of the World Steve
‘Celtic Warrior’ Collins, who was appointed President earlier this month
and his long time friend, Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro, who is a founding
partner and the other Vice President of the Malta Boxing Commission on the
Tim’s exceptional pro career began in 1979, fours years later, and with
just fifteen wins under his belt, Tim hit the Championship trail for the
first time in May 1983, when he challenged fellow Pennsylvanian Larry
Holmes for the title he’d held firmly in his vice like grip since 1978,
and had successfully defended no less than fourteen times previously, just
one less than the total of fights Tim had to date.
Considering this was Tim’s first tilt at a title, and against a long time
Champ like Larry Holmes, who had previously successfully defended against
such luminaries as Gerry Cooney, Leon Spinks, Trevor Berbick, Muhammad
Ali, Ernie Shavers, Ken Norton etc,, Tim put on a fantastic performance to
take big Larry the distance, something even the legendary Ali didn’t
manage, only to lose by a controversial split points decision (115-113,
118-111 & 114-115).
Tim may have ‘lost’ but at the same time he had ‘arrived’, that fight
against Holmes had put ‘Terrible’ Tim right up there as a true World class
boxer, and future World Champ.
Four months later Tim was back in Championship action, this time beating
James Tillis to secure the NABF title, which he vacated six months later,
after he rightly earned another shot at the WBC title, this time against
Greg Page, for the now vacant World Boxing Council version, following
Larry Holmes having switched from the WBC to Championship sanctioning
rivals, The International Boxing Federation (IBF).
On this, Tim’s second attempt, the Philadelphian finally became World
Champion by a majority points decision (117-111, 117-111 & 114-114).
Tim’s reign as WBC Heavyweight Champion of the World lasted just five
months, after he was beaten, by a majority points decision (112-115,
112-116 & 114-114), by Pinklon Thomas on his first defence of the title.
In April 1985 Tim was again in Championship action, when he successfully
secured the NABF title once more, with a second round knockout of James
Broad. Tim successfully defended the NABF Crown once, against James
‘Bonecrusher’ Smith, before turning his attention towards the World stage
This time Tim had the World Boxing Association Championship belt firmly in
his sights as he headed to Georgia, USA, in January 1986, to face WBA
Champ Tony ‘TNT’ Tubbs.
After fifteen exhilarating rounds, Tim emerged victorious, by a very close
majority points decision (144-143, 143-143 & 144-141), to become a two
time Heavyweight Champion of the World.
For his first defence Tim crossed the pond, to face the ‘Pride Of England’
Frank Bruno in his own back yard, at the famous home of English Football –
In front of over forty thousand baying partisan fans, and millions more
watching on TV, Frank Bruno seemed to be heading towards certain victory
after ten rounds, however Frank’s muscular physique and high work rate,
seemed to work together to noticeably drain him at the start of the
After two minutes of high tempo back and forth action both men connected
with big right hands to the head, Tim held his punch much better than
Frank, the combination of fatigue and a known suspect chin was too much
for the challenger, who crumbled in the corner, while Tim let rip with
bomb after bomb until referee Isidro Rodriguez stepped in to stop the
fight with just three seconds of the round left on the clock.
For his second defence Tim had the short hop from his Philadelphia home to
Madison Square Gardens, New York, to face his old foe James ‘Bonecrusher’
This time though ‘Bonecrusher’ exerted maximum revenge on Tim, by knocking
him out in the second minute of the first round.
Whilst Tim never again fought for a World title, he did add the USBA
Heavyweight title to his collection, as well as unsuccessfully challenge
for the WBO Continental Americas and Intercontinental titles before
retiring from active duty in 2003.
Since retiring Tim has kept busy, as a trainer to his son Tim Jnr and
others lucky enough to catch the big man’s attention, as well as being a
celebrity, unlike most these days Tim is a genuine Celebrity with a
capital C, guest speaker and a magnificent ambassador for the Sport Of
Of his appointment of Honorary Vice President of the Malta Boxing
Commission Tim said.
“It’s a true honour to have been asked to be part of such an exciting
It’s great for Malta, or any country, to have a national Boxing
association that makes sure that boxers are properly licensed and looked
Boxing is in a sad state right now and we’ve all got to work together,
boxers, officials, everybody has to work together to get the sport back to
where it used to be.
All the hard stuff and the things I have fought for in the past is picking
up now, you know, so them having me involved with the Malta Boxing
Commission is just beautiful and I’m really looking forward to
participating in the commission.
Steve (Collins) is a brilliant guy, Steve as an individual is great, with
Steve Collins there’s no bull, so I know we have the right guy on top of
We’ve done several things together in the past, so I know you can trust
Steve, if there’s one guy you can trust, besides me, it’s Steve Collins.
Not just that, but it’s gonna be great to work with my friend Rio
(Gianluca Di Caro) again. I know that Steve and Rio are dedicated and
professional boxing people, as are the rest of the commission, which can
only be good for Boxing in Malta.”
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