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Published on Jan 8, 2007
Nguyen stops Rosado, remains undefeated
UNCASVILLE, Conn. -- Dat Nguyen, a 2001 Baldwin High School graduate, stopped Edwin Rosado in their featherweight fight at the Mohegan Sun Casino on Saturday.
Nguyen improved to 5-0 as a professional with his third knockout coming at the end of the third round in the scheduled four-rounder.
"I caught him with a good left hook, so he was wobbly when he got back to his corner,'' Nguyen said via phone. "He was hurt and couldn't come back out for the next round.''
Nguyen said he listened to his trainer, former world champion Buddy McGirt, and then worked Rosado's body. Nguyen weighed in at 127 1/2 pounds on Friday and said he was about 133 at fight time. Rosado weighed in at 132 1/2, but was coming down in weight class.
"He fought his last fight at 140-something, so he was bigger and stronger than me,'' Nguyen said. "He basically came into this fight to upset me, so I had to take care of that.''
Nguyen said he worked the body after discovering that Rosado's chin was solid.
"He was a tough kid,'' Nguyen said. "After the first round, I just went to the body and he was hurting but he kept pushing. He had a lot of heart. At the end of the third round, I just caught him with a 1-2-3 combination and my left hook, I caught him with it at the end as he pulled out of a clinch.''
He was pleased with his second fight in the last 21 months.
"I think it was a good fight for me, my second fight back in a longtime,'' Nguyen said. "I was about 80 percent. I know that I can be a lot better though.''