After controversial no-contest, unbeaten New Haven boxer Luis Rosa Jr. gets back in ring at Foxwoods

(WTNH)–He’s back in the ring again. New Haven’s Luis Rosa Jr. last fought in June, a decision that ended in a no contest because his opponent headbutted him. The decision is currently under appeal.

While he waits for a decision, Rosa is preparing to fight Japanese boxer Ryōsuke Iwasa. They get at it on Saturday at Foxwoods.

If Rosa wins, the super bantamweight will get a crack at the IBF title belt. He says he’s gotten over the “no contest” decision.

“I don’t let anger take over in a fight, because you have to be focused. A lot of people think if you get angry, you have more power, but you kind of lose focus, so I go in there with a focused mindset,” Rosa said. “I have a gameplan ready and I go in there to do what my team and my coach wants me to do.”

As for Saturday, Rosa had a prediction.

“It’s a 12-round fight, but we’re going to make short work of him,” he said.

Rosa is 22-0. His opponent is 22-2. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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