Will Rosinsky may return on Jacobs-Quillin undercard
The next step in Will Rosinsky’s return to relevance will likely take place on Dec. 5 on the undercard of Danny Jacob’s 12-round middleweight fight with Peter Quillin at Barclays Center.
Rosinsky (19-2, 10 knockouts) is in the final leg of negotiations to face Long Island’s Joe Smith Jr. (19-1, 16 KOs) in a clash of former New York Golden Gloves champions, Keith Connolly, who advises Rosinsky told RingTV.com on Tuesday.
The lingering deal points remain the weight (either 173 or 174 pounds) and the financial terms, Connolly said.
“We’re pretty far along,” Connolly said in a phone interview of the discussions. “We want the fight. I’ve been told they want the fight. I’m not worried about the money on our side. This is a big fight for either guy. It looks like it’s going to happen.”
A win for Rosinsky, who once lost a decision to former middleweight king Kelly Pavlik, could lead to “a fight against some of the bigger names from 168 to 175 pounds,” said Connolly, who also advises Jacobs.
Rosinsky has recently started working with kingmaker Al Haymon, who also manages such blue-chippers as RING and WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. in the aforementioned weights.
Connolly declined to get into specifics about who is being mentioned as a possible opponent for Rosinsky if he gets past Smith, only that it’s a “big name.”
Rosinsky’s is gunning for his third straight win since he took more than two years off to pursue his dream of becoming a firefighter.
The 30-year-old Queens native works for Engine Company 234 in Crown Heights.
Meanwhile, Smith has won 13 straight, 10 by knockout, since he was stopped by Eddie Caminero in four rounds back in 2010 for his lone loss.
Smith and Rosinsky know each other well and are frequent sparring partners.
In fact, the night after Smith out-boxed former bricklayer Sean Monaghan to capture the 2008 178-pound novice Golden Gloves, Rosinsky collected his fourth Gloves championship in the 178-pound open division.
A call to Smith’s promoter, Joe DeGuardia for comment wasn’t immediately returned.
Speedbag: Another of Connolly’s boxers, 16-0 cruiserweight Keith Tapia of the Bronx will take on fellow undefeated cruiserweight Isiah Thomas (15-0, 6 KOs) on Dec. 4 in a main event on Bounce TV in Florida at a venue to be determined, Connolly said.