2005-09-02 / Sports

Posey Continues Boxing Title Dreams

By Elio Velez

It’s been a long journey for boxer Rohnique Posey. The hands, which is a key to any fighter, has betrayed the 27 year old Rockaway resident for years. Numerous bones have been broken in both hands. His dreams of actively pursuing a title belt or winning it have not been fulfilled yet.

The desire though to achieve and to possibly gain a chance for a welterweight championship fight in the near future kept him fighting.

Posey says he did not pay attention for a longtime to the doctors, who asked him to take potassium to help his hands.

“I stopped taking potassium pills to help build up the cartilage in my hand,” Posey said.

With his hands healed, “The Pulverizer” got back into the ring for the first time in almost one year on July 26. Traveling to Atlantic City, Oscar Martinez stood in the way of Posey gaining his eighth win. It was no contest.

In the boxing ring, which was setup on the beaches of Atlantic City, Posey was in command early with Martinez. The first two rounds were very easy for the Rockaway native, using jabs and hooks to keep his opponent off-balance.

In the third round, Posey ducked a Martinez right hand and found the means to knock him out.

“I threw a left hand and then switched to my right hand. He moved and I threw a left hand and then put all my power in the right hook,” Posey said.

That right hook connected squarely on Martinez’ chin and the fighter hit the canvas hard. The punch had knocked him out before he landed. It was all but a formality for the referee to count to 10 and raised Posey’s left hand for his ninth victory in 10 fights and the 8th knockout of his career.

What the referee didn’t know was that Posey had once again fractured his left hand. In another unfortunate set of circumstances, a punch delivered in the second had broken his hand.

The x-rays later revealed another break and put him out of action for six weeks.

With the fracture healing naturally, Posey is not feeling gunshy or hinting retirement. If surgery is needed, the recovery time may take longer and the doctors he’s spoken to have told him it might weaken the punching power in the hands.

With the broken bones healed, promoter Sal Musumeci has tentatively scheduled Posey to fight in mid-September and hopes to box two or three more times before the end of the year.

There is a sense of urgency for the 27 year old as he realizes that now is the time to push his career forward.

“I’m at a stage right now when I’m almost 28 (years old) and I got to get going,” Posey says.

“I learned a valuable lesson because I’m lactose intolerant. My bones are weak and I need that calcium. The welterweight division is full of speed and power and I need that to win.”

Posey dedicates every fight to the late Al Gavin, the legendary cutman who passed away due to complications from a stroke in July of 2004. Lennox Lewis, Kevin Kelly and James “Buddy” McGirt were a few of the many champions and contenders that Gavin worked for.

Gavin’s teachings remain an influential force for Posey and helped give valuable advice about the sport of boxing.

“It hurt me when he died. He was close to me. I know that it (fight) was one of my best knockouts and I know he would have been proud of me.”

The confidence hasn’t left him and he remains cocky and assured of his abilities. The fights he must take must be against contenders who will raise his boxing profile. Posey knows he must strike while the iron is hot.

“I don’t want fights to pad my record. I got the experience to fight and I’ve trained against the best boxers like (current welterweight champion Zab Judah). They got titles and I know I can have that too,” Posey says.

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