Queens, NY (May 31, 2015) – On Saturday night, New Legend Boxing returned to Resorts World Casino New York City with another action-packed 10-bout card for the latest installment of its popular International Fight Night series, proudly sponsored by Nissan of Queens and Four Ones Taxi. Headlining the event, light heavyweight boxer-turned-New York firefighter Will “Power” Rosinsky fought in his home borough of Queens for the first time as a professional, just blocks from where he grew up in Ozone Park. The card will air tape-delayed on the MundoFox network, on Friday night, June 12, at 1:00am ET.
Squaring off against Dion Savage (a/k/a Shujaa El Amin), of Flint, MI, Rosinsky, now out of Lynbrook, NY, continued his comeback that began in March of this year, following a two-year hiatus while he pursued his dream of becoming a fireman. From the onset, the combatants locked horns and fought shoulder-to-shoulder throughout. Rosinsky, 169.4lbs., a four-time New York Golden Gloves champion, was very accurate with his punches, applying pressure and digging combinations to the body while combining that with his overhand right upstairs. Savage, 170lbs., a former United States Boxing Organization (USBO) titlist, often made the mistake of leaning forward, allowing Rosinsky to land his uppercuts as well. The Flint-resident remained competitive during the middle rounds, throwing wild right hands on occasion, but Rosinsky’s superior work rate proved the difference down the stretch, landing the cleaner shots. After eight frames, the scorecards read 80-72 twice, and 79-73, all for Rosinsky via unanimous decision, as his ledger improved to 19-2 (10 KOs), while Savage fell to 12-7 (6 KOs).
In the co-featured attraction, Brooklyn’s Keisher “Fire” McLeod-Wells, 106.4lbs., challenged Queens’ Patricia “Boom Boom” Alcivar, 111.2lbs., in a rematch of their epic battle held in March 2012. In their first encounter, both fighters hit the canvas with McLeod-Wells eking out a split decision victory. This time around, McLeod-Wells utilized a persistent jab and constant footwork to outbox Alcivar over 10 heats to earn a unanimous decision on scores of 100-90 twice, and 97-93. McLeod-Wells let her jab set up stinging straight rights to keep her opponent at bay for much of the contest. During the later rounds, Alcivar pressed forward and forged a concerted attack to the body whenever she managed to get in close. With the victory, McLeod-Wells, now 8-2 (1 KO), picked up the New York State flyweight title. Alcivar’s record fell to 8-4 (3 KOs).
Fighting just three weeks after a TKO victory on May 8, the highly touted Jonathan “Maravilla” Alonso, 139.8lbs., co-promoted by DiBella Entertainment and Maravilla Box Promotions, returned to a New York ring to face the ardent Ken Alvarez, 139, of Toa Baja, Puerto Rico, in a fast-paced six-round junior welterweight contest. Alvarez’ offense was his best defense and he sustained a steady pace, while Alonso’s jab probed for openings to land countershots with his quicker fists. By the fourth round, Alvarez’ attack grew sloppy, allowing Alonso to dominate the closing frames. “Maravilla’s” left hook the body was causing Alvarez to double over and wince in pain, and he concentrated on banging downstairs until the final bell. In the sixth frame, a jab to the midsection sent Alvarez crumbling to the canvas for a knockdown. All three judges had Alonso the victor, on scores of 59-54, 58-55 and 57-56, for a unanimous verdict, bringing his record to 6-0 (4 KOs), while Alvarez fell to 6-2-2 (3 KOs). Considered one of the best amateur boxers in Spain’s history, Alonso was born in Moca, Dominican Republic, but moved to Spain at just seven years old. He took up boxing as an amateur at the age of 16, compiling an 85-11 record, including having competed in the 2012 London Olympics. He won gold medals at the Campeonato de España Junior tournament in 2009, as well as at the Campeonato de España tournament in 2011 and 2012. Alonso also picked up silver at Spain’s Golden Gloves tournament and the Bosnian Tournament, both in 2011.
Middleweight Alicia “The Empress” Napoleon, 155.2lbs., of Lindenhurst, NY, was relentless as she attacked Budapest, Hungary’s Melinda Lazar, 153.2lbs., repeatedly tagging her with overhand rights. Using the ring and moving well, Napoleon employed dazzling combinations behind a stiff jab. A left hook in the third rocked Lazar and Napoleon unloaded a barrage of power shots to force a stoppage at the 1:00 mark. Fighting for the first time since her pro debut in August 2014, Napoleon improved to 2-0 (2 KOs), while Lazar dropped to 1-1.
In an exciting scrap, Brooklyn southpaw Mikkel LesPierre, 141lbs., mixed it up with the dangerous Justin Johnson, 140.2lbs., of Pittsburgh, PA, who came in having beaten four previously undefeated opponents and gave the hometowner a stern challenge. While Johnson was the active fighter, LesPierre’s punches were more effective through the six scheduled rounds. In the second frame, Johnson was dazed by several straight lefts, but he came back to exchange plenty of meaningful punches in the next round to the delight of the crowd. LesPierre badly wobbled Johnson with his left hook in the fourth then knocked out his mouthpiece with a straight right in the fifth, but the Pittsburgh-resident remained resilient throwing in combination whenever he could. The judges tallied 60-54 twice, and 58-56, all for LesPierre via unanimous decision. Remaining undefeated, LesPierre’s record improved to 8-0-1 (3 KOs), while Johnson dropped to 5-8-4.
Peter Dobson, an aggressive high-intensity Bronx welterweight, though fighting just above the limit at 147.6lbs., jarred the debuting Ismael Lebron, 143.6lbs., of Hudson, NY, several times in the opening frame with his overhand right, and he continued to have success with that punch in round two. Forcing Lebron into retreat, Dobson landed an overhand right-left hook combination to send his adversary sagging into the ropes for a knockdown. Feeling that Lebron was in no condition to keep fighting, the referee stopped the contest at the 1:16 mark, with the TKO victory upping Dobson’s record to 4-0 (3 KOs).
Slick boxer Brandon Williams, 127.8lbs., of Rochester, NY, took on fellow southpaw Jesus Sandoval, 129, of San Francisco, CA, in a six-round junior lightweight contest. Overall, Williams, promoted by DiBella Entertainment, maintained command with a consistent and stiff jab while coupling that up with straight lefts or left hooks. In addition, his exquisite defensive ability allowed him to avoid the aggressive Sandoval’s leather while staying inside the pocket. By the third stanza, Williams was backing up Sandoval to the ropes landing in combination and clearly broke him down over the closing rounds, chopping away with his power. Scorecards read 59-55 and 58-56 for Williams, with one tally of 57-57, awarding Williams, now 8-0-1, the majority decision, while Sandoval’s record fell to 5-7-3 (1 KO).
Bronx junior welterweight Marcos Suarez, 136.6lbs., engaged Sidney MacCow, 136.6lbs., of Irvington, NY, for four rounds in a hard-fought battle. Suarez, a National and New York Golden Gloves champion, controlled the action early with a thudding jab and the better hand speed. However, in round two, MacCow was able to get inside and bang away at the body and head, resulting in a welt underneath Suarez’ left eye that kept swelling as the match progressed. Over the last two rounds, Suarez’ deft footwork and defense were on display, as he was determined to land countershots. After four rounds, all three judges scored the bout 39-37 in favor of Suarez by way of unanimous decision. Suarez is now 5-0-1 (1 KO), with MacCow’s record evening out at 3-3 (2 KOs).
In a six-round cruiserweight bout, Far Rockaway’s Joe Williams, 183.6lbs., applied pressure and bobbed and weaved his way inside the taller Yuwshua Zadok, 180.2lbs., of Atlanta, GA, focusing on his power shots. He had great success with his overhand right, while much of what Zadok threw missed the target. In the third frame, Williams flustered his opponent by switching to southpaw. Zadok, who fell down after missing with a punch, was visibly tiring in the fifth and the bout was halted shortly after Williams landed a series of left hooks upstairs. The time of the stoppage was 1:42 of the stanza, upping Williams’ record to 6-0 (5 KOs), while Zadok dropped to 2-4-1 (2KOs). Prior to turning pro in September 2013, Williams won silver at the 2011 US Olympic Team Trials and then became the 2012 New York Golden Gloves heavyweight champion.
Debuting Bronx cruiserweight Mike Marshall, 180.6lbs., used his heavier hands to deter the awkward style and work rate of the tall and lanky out-of-towner Ralph Johnson, 182, of Worcester, MA. With a cut adjacent to his left eye in round three, Marshall pressured Johnson into the blue corner and threw with abandon until his foe hit the canvas. Moments later, a right hook dropped Johnson a second time and Marshall jumped in to finish him off and get the stoppage victory at 2:46 of the round. Johnson’s record fell to 2-6 (1 KO).
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