But it wasn’t enough as the 20-year-old Rosinsky pulled out a 5-0 decision Friday in the New York Daily News Golden Gloves 178-pound open final before a sold-out crowd at the 5,600-seat The Theater at Madison Square Garden.
O’Regan, a Limerick native nine years old than his foe, thought that he’d done enough to win despite feeling the effects of a chest ailment he’d picked up earlier in the week.
“I thought I did enough,” insisted O’Regan, who lost to Rosinsky for the third time in four meetings. “I had a chest infection [and] I could feel it burning. I didn’t have the same energy as in some of the other fights.”
O’Regan pointed to his right hand that troubled Rosinsky in the early going, especially in the second round when one shot to the face hurled the youngster back into his corner.
“The right hand was catching him every time,” he said.
After the fight, Rosinsky would admit to the problems the Yonkers carpenter caused him and how long it took him to solve the Irishman’s style.
“It took me about two rounds, he kind of surprised me,” the Starrett City B.C. fighter said. “But that’s his style, to come and keep punching. He don’t care whether he hits you on the arm, the leg, the foot. He’s an awkward fighter.”
At any rate, O’Regan had a big second round during which he repeatedly beat Rosinsky to the punch and landed clean one-twos after connecting with the monster right.
During the stanza, Rosinsky’s corner desperately screamed for their man to be first and to take the fight to O’Regan.
“The first two rounds I was throwing my punches too long [and] past him because he was so close to me, and then when I started shortening my punches, which my corner told me to, it worked,” Rosinsky later explained.
He made the adjustment in the third heat when, seemingly catching a second wind, he came out first, throwing solid punches in a bid to turn the fight around.
O’Regan, however, was still in it and fighting back although, with his chest burning, the momentum had swung.
Rosinsky was clearly the fresher man in the fourth and final round. For the first time in the bout, he showed his championship form, counter punching and landing hooks and uppercuts to the roar of his fans.
The final bell rung with both men unmarked facially despite the big shots thrown. It was a close scrape that saw one fighter holding the edge early and the other finish strongly.
“My chest was burning there at the end,” O’Regan revealed, after all five judges had scored it for Rosinsky.
Trainer Edwin Martinez, in the winning corner earlier when his 17-year-old son, Christian, won the 132-pound open title, was content with the result given the quality of opponent and O’Regan’s illness before the match.
“A week before this he got extremely sick with a very bad cold and it was very difficult for him to breathe,” he said. “But we did our best, no excuses. We lost to the best, a national champion.”
And so Rosinsky, who has Irish blood in him, added the first of what could be several Golden Gloves pendants to his growing list of boxing honors. Two days later, the Queens College junior flew out to Colorado to join a Team U.S. training camp ahead of a tournament in Hungary next month.
O’Regan, meanwhile, was left undecided over his ring career yet satisfied at having fulfilled his dream of fighting at the Garden.
On if he’ll be back in the Gloves next year, the former soccer player said: “I don’t know, to be honest. It takes a lot of time. I’ll have to think about it.”