2004-02-27 / Sports

Posey Fights To Claim Championship Dreams

By Elio Velez
Posey Fights To Claim Championship Dreams By Elio Velez

On December 11, 2003, Rohnique Posey entered the boxing ring at Club Fantasia in Astoria to fight for only the second time in 18 months. "The Pul verizer" showed that his long layoff did not erode his boxing skills when he knocked out Joseph "Spiderman" Ben jamin in the fourth round.

The Rockaway native improved to 7-0-1 with 6 KO’s. At 26 years old, a confident Posey is ready to make the push to join the elite class of welterweight (147 pounds) fighters.

Posey’s fight career has almost been derailed because of injuries to his hands. But during his long layoff, Posey found the answer to his injuries.

"I went to a specialist, Dr, Malone in Manhattan and he told me that I need ed to have more calcium and potassium in my hands", Posey says. "My trainer (Bob Jackson) has helped me to do the things I need to keep my hands in shape."

Though he couldn’t fight, Posey was still working out at the famous Gleason’s Gym in Brooklyn, where he has trained for years. And he listened intently to the advice from boxers such as heavyweight prospect Oleg Mas kaev to his trainer Bob Jackson and cutman Al Gavin.

"I would talk to Zab Judah (former junior welterweight champion) and he told me that I look good", Posey says. "They know I have the hunger".

Don’t let the 7-0-1 record fool you into thinking Posey doesn’t have a lot of experience in the ring. Starting at the age of 12, Posey has fought many boxers in his amateur career and sparred against some of the best local talent in the game.

That experience helped to put down Rashard Sanders on October 24, 2003 in his first fight back in the ring. A southpaw, Posey was aggressive in swinging inside and alternating be tween jabs and a vicious right hand to knock out Sanders with 1:42 in the second round.

He credits his improved stamina and overall boxing skills to trainer Bob Jackson. They are as close to a father-son relationship as possible.

Posey’s relationship to his grandmother, Katherine Miller and his uncle, Reverend Irving Posey, is also very important to him. Miller and Irving Posey wanted Rohnique to use his skills in the boxing ring and not get into trouble fighting on the streets

Rohnique is also partners with his brother Dante Griffin in a record company called Dead Broke Records.

Posey knows that 2004 will be very important in his development and on March 19, he will step into the ring against 11-1 Delvin Rodriguez to continue his ascent to the top of the standings. "This is the year I’m trying to get noticed. I’m stepping up my game now."

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