New Haven boxer Luis Rosa Jr. passes away in crash involving wrong way driver

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — A rising star in the boxing community who lived in New Haven has passed away.

West Haven police say Luis Rosa Jr. was killed in a crash around 2 a.m. Sunday morning in the area of Meloy Road at its intersection with Baker Street.

Police say preliminary investigation suggests that a Honda was heading southbound on Meloy Road and crossed over into the northbound lane, striking an Acura.

Two other people involved in the crash are in critical condition. Their identities have not yet been released.

On Sunday morning, Joseph Rodriguez, President of the Puerto Rican Festival of New Haven released a statement from the organization on Rosa Jr.’s passing.

The statement read:

Today, we are a community in mourning. We have lost a talented young man, un orgullo boricua, Luis “KO” Rosa. Luis was a rising star who was often seen jogging with pride on Grand Avenue or standing tall in the middle of the ring. He was a familiar face to so many in our New Haven community and beyond. On behalf of our PRU Board of Directors and larger community, I extend our deepest sympathy and support to the family.”

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Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment, took to Twitter following the news of Rosa Jr.’s passing:

Rosa Jr. (23-1, 11 KO), a 26-year-old Puerto Rican native and featherweight fighter, took on Yuandale Evans (20-1, 14 KO) back in November for the WBC Intercontinental Championship. Rosa Jr. lost in a split decision.

Below is information regarding funeral arrangements for Rosa in which the public is invited:

Wake services for Luis Angel Rosa aka “KO King”
Thursday, January 18, 2018
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
HILL REGIONAL CAREER HIGH SCHOOL
140 Legion Avenue
New Haven, CT 06519
Friday, January 19, 2018
10:00 am – 11:00 am
SECOND STAR OF JACOB CHRISTIAN CHURCH
201 Chapel Street
New Haven, CT 06513
Funeral arrangements by
Washington Memorial Funeral
For more information please visit their website Www.washingtonmemorialfh.com
In honor of his memory the
“Luis KO King Rosa Memorial Scholarship Fund” has been set up, more info forthcoming.

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