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Will Rosinsky ran across the ring to his opponent's corner with a message for P.J. Lawson.
"It's my time," Rosinsky said.
A few minutes later, the 24-year-old from Richmond Hill was proven right. He dominated Lawson, of Jamaica, for four rounds in the 178-pound weight class to win his fourth consecutive Golden Gloves title Friday night at Madison Square Garden's WaMu Theater.
No other fighter has ever won four Gloves championships at 178 pounds.
"Oh man, that's the greatest feeling in the world," Rosinsky said. "(Talking trash) is all part of it. I was just telling the truth. I was just letting him know what it's all about."
Lawson wasn't a big fan of Rosinsky's gamesmanship. But the 26-year-old graduate of John Adams HS and Queensborough Community College admitted falling "into his trap." Rosinsky might not have gotten into Lawson's head, yet he was able to get inside on his opponent and score points with flurries of punches. Instead of being patient and waiting for his spots, Lawson said he wrongly tried "to press the issue."
"That's his game," Lawson said of Rosinsky's flamboyance. "That's doesn't effect me. I don't pay that no mind."
The next step for Rosinsky is up in the air, but he said after beating Lawson that he would go pro. He did not rule out fighting in the national Golden Gloves tournament, though, which he won in 2005. Rosinsky will complete his teaching degree from Queens College in December and from there he will almost definitely try his hand at the professional game. Trainer Felipe Gomez says he already fights a "pro style," pacing himsef and picking his spots.
Irish Ropes, which promotes Middle Village resident John Duddy, is reportedly interested in signing Rosinsky. Ideally, the Archbishop Molloy grad said, he would want to box first and then begin teaching after his pro career.
"I'm weighing the options out," Rosinsky said. "I can do both things."
Browne out. Rockaway resident Marcus Browne, 17, knocked down 25-year-old Shaka Davidson in the first round and produced three standing-eight counts in the third en route to his first Golden Gloves title, in the 165-pound novice weight class last Thursday night at MSG. A straight left knocked out Davidson at the 1:19 mark of the third.
"He got up and he looked like he didn't want to fight," Browne said of the first-round knock down. "I think I took his heart out."
Browne travels to Staten Island every day to attend Concord HS and to train. The multiple bus, train and ferry commute will end now, though: he just passed the driver's test. The hours-long travel schedule has actually only served as motivation for him so far.
"I travel so far, I can't lose," he said.
Justine's dream. Back home in Virginia, no one would have ever thought Justine Herrera would become a boxer. But the 30-year-old Astoria resident made it all the way to the Golden Gloves finals in the 154-pound weight class before falling to Nisa Rodriguez of the Bronx by decision.
Herrera thought she would be a Gloves one-and-done; now she's having second thoughts.
"Maybe I will come back next year," said Herrera, who works at Columbia University.
In other Queens fights, Jamaica's Phillip Jackson-Benson knocked out Michael O'Connor at 1:19 of the second round and Christian Arreaga of Ridgewood lost to Brooklyn's Frankie Garriga by decision.
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