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Vinny Pazienza KOs Dana Rosenblatt This Day August 23, 1996


Vinny Pazienza KOs Dana Rosenblatt This Day August 23, 1996




  • Vinny Pazienza 165 lbs
  • Dana Rosenblatt 162 lbs
  • TKO at 2:13 in round 4 of 12
  • Ballys Park Place Hotel Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey
  • Referee: Tony Orlando
  • Judge: John Stewart 26-30
  • Judge: Henry Eugene Grant 27-30
  • Judge: Rocky Young 27-30



It bugged Vinny Pazienza that Dana Rosenblatt was being hyped as the “Jewish Rocky Marciano,” not to mention the successor to Pazienza as the best fighter from New England. When they finally got together last night in the Convention Center ring, Rosenblatt looked more like the next Marvin Hagler.

After all, Rosenblatt and Hagler both are heavy-hitting southpaw middleweights from Massachusetts. Rosenblatt dominated the first three rounds, dropping Pazienza with a straight right in the opening round. But it turned out there is one big difference between Hagler and Rosenblatt. Hagler could take a punch.

Pitching a shutout on the cards of all three judges, Rosenblatt was caught by a shocking overhand right from Pazienza in the fourth round. He survived referee Tony Orlando’s count but was out on his feet when he got up. Pazienza not only finished the fight at 2:13 of the round with a final flurry, but he knocked Orlando down for good measure, throwing two rights at Rosenblatt after the fight was over but hitting the ref by mistake.

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