It’s been practically two years since Nicky Vitone’s lone defeat, however the 26-year-old prospect from New Jersey says he hasn’t stopped occupied with it since. The battle was in opposition to Jordan Rosario on the Prudential Middle in Newark, on the undercard of a PBC on Fox card headlined by one other native favourite, Vito Mielnicki Jr. After 4 rounds, Rosario emerged victorious by break up resolution.
“That battle nonetheless bothers me to today. It’s nonetheless motivation for me on a regular basis to get higher. It’s one thing I all the time needed to get again,” stated Vitone (9-1-1, 7 knockouts) of Pine Brook, N.J.
He’ll get his shot at revenge on April 1 when “The Bull” Vitone and “The Fox” Rosario meet in a six-round junior welterweight battle which is anticipated to headline an Abella Boxing Promotions card at The Terrace at Biagio in Paramus, N.J.
Vitone is raring to point out that he’s not the identical fighter he was that evening. Vitone has fought 5 occasions since then, profitable all 5 fights. Rosario (4-10) of Jersey Metropolis hasn’t fought since their first assembly in July of 2021, however has been steadily coaching out of the Ironbound Boxing Academy in Newark, the place he spars with rising amateurs Keith Colon and Jasai Kirkpatrick.
The primary battle was an in depth bout, however the 32-year-old Rosario says he plans on making it extra decisive the second time round.
“He’s a reasonably good opponent so I’m prepared for this. The primary time ain’t gonna be just like the second time. They are saying the second time is the allure. I’m prepared and I’m greater than ready to see what the result is,” stated Rosario, a local of Santo Domingo within the Dominican Republic.
Rosario turned professional in 2015 after simply 5 newbie bouts, and misplaced his first six professional fights earlier than profitable three straight. His layoff is comparable in period to the one he was coming off earlier than the primary battle in opposition to Vitone.
Vitone is educated by Joe Zabry of Aces Boxing Membership in addition to Aroz “Terrific” Gist, who’s greatest identified for main Kendall Holt to the WBO junior welterweight title. He turned skilled in 2020 after a 40-fight newbie profession which was highlighted by a Sugar Bert Boxing Nationwide Championship win the earlier yr.
“That is undoubtedly the largest second of my profession. The primary time I fought Jordan it was an amazing battle, it was undoubtedly shut however every part occurs for a motive. I really feel like I’ve grown a lot since that battle. I’ve had 5 fights since that battle so I need to make this battle clear. I need to show to all people and myself that I’m the higher boxer and make a press release and get this blemish off my file,” stated Vitone.
The remainder of the cardboard will characteristic numerous native prospects, together with John Leonardo (9-1-1, 4 KOs) of Manalapan N.J. in opposition to Ernest Corridor (4-2-1, 1 KO) in a six-round junior featherweight battle. Leonardo, a 2016 N.J. Golden Gloves champ, is searching for his third straight win since struggling his first loss final yr.
Raymond Cuadrado (5-0, 1 KO) of Ridgewood, N.Y. will face Usiel Hernandez (2-1) in a six-round featherweight bout. Cuadrado, who misplaced within the 2019 N.Y. Golden Gloves finals to Bruce Carrington, will probably be combating in his first six-rounder.
Former newbie standout Kevin Hernandez (0-0-1) of Bergenfield, N.J. will face Tyrell Prepare dinner (0-3) in a four-round welterweight bout, which will probably be Hernandez’s first since drawing in his professional debut in 2017. Hernandez is presently a scholar at Columbia College in New York Metropolis, the place he research Pc Science with an anticipated commencement yr of 2024.
Additionally in motion will probably be Dane Guerrero, a 35-year-old from Ridgefield Park, N.J. who will probably be making his professional debut. Guerrero, who owns Fight Health Membership in Ridgefield Park, will face the 29-year-old Andre Hinton (0-2) of Philadelphia in a four-round tremendous middleweight battle.
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Ryan Songalia has written for ESPN, the New York Day by day Information, Rappler and The Guardian, and is a part of the Craig Newmark Graduate College of Journalism Class of 2020. He could be reached at [email protected].