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MERIDEN — David Wilson showed some fireworks in his pro boxing debut.
The Meriden resident defeated Rodrogo Almeida of Woburn, Mass by unanimous decision after their bout went the full four rounds at 50 Cent’s Birthday Bash last weekend.
“It was a good fight,” Wilson said. “It was exciting. I got in there and I did what I had to do to win. My opponent was a little wild. I had to keep my composure. He was a very awkward fighter.”
Wilson was the crowd favorite in his fight before the 3,000-plus in attendance at the Connecticut Convention Center.
The bout was one of six fights staged as rapper 50 Cent celebrated his 38th birthday. Actress Rosie Perez was also in attendance for the action.
Wilson’s trainer Sean Malone of Malone’s Gym in Wallingford said Friday’s fight was a good way for Wilson to get his feet wet.
“David was a little sloppy here and there,” Malone said. “He got his monkey off of his back. It was both fighters first fight as pros. The other kid was very awkward and David was very composed.
“He held in there and did what he had to do for the win.,” Malone continued. “That’s No. 1 and it’s a huge step in this game. He looked good.”
The two judges ruled that Wilson, 24, won all four rounds. One scored it 39-37 and the other 40-36.
The 6-foot-2, 16-pounder, said he and Almeida were feeling each other out in the first two rounds.
“I used my jab to keep him away from me,” Wilson said. “I was a little tense. I loosened up in the third and fourth rounds. He was throwing a lot of big looping uppercuts. I was keeping my distance and worked on him.
“I started landing some nice body shots and hooks on him. As soon as a landed some body shots he started slowing down and then I got my combinations together. In the final two rounds I put closure to the fight and got the judges attention.”
Wilson said when he would land a punch the partisan Connecticut crowd would react.
“I heard them say, ‘Oh!’ when I would land a good one,” Wilson said. “I really fed off of that. All of that positive energy really got me going.”
The 2007 Wilcox Tech grad said he had about 50 friends and family in attendance.
Malone said Wilson will likely get in the ring again in August at a place and date to be determined.
“I gave him a week off after the fight,” Malone said. “I want him to rest a little bit because he has been training very hard for a long time.”
Wilson said last week’s victory was a nice way to start his career.
“It was a pretty dominant win,” Wilson said. “As long as I keep doing what I’m doing, I should have a good solid career.”
Before turning pro, Wilson sported a 45-13 record in a 10-year amateur career.
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