Derrick Webster: When I Hit You, I Hurt You

The bout on Saturday will be the fifth of the year for Webster (Photo courtesy of Team Webster).

Written by John Archibald, Resolution Sports

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Undefeated Derrick Webster Eyeing 10-0 Record on Saturday

When undefeated boxer Derrick “Take it to the Bank” Webster (9-0, 6 KOs) faces veteran Romaro Johnson (11-3-1, 6 KOs) this Saturday at Bally’s in Atlantic City, he finds himself on the cusp of a landmark double digit win total. The bout with Johnson is the fifth fight of a busy 2011 for Webster, who has been quickly pounding his imprint into the sport this year.

“It’s been a blessing to me, career-wise, and to my family,” Webster said of his active 2011. “This is exactly what we were looking to do this year. Now that it’s happening, I’m taking it in stride, and I’m trying to capitalize every fight and be as impressive as I can from my last fight.”

For someone to step into the ring five times in less than seven months, training and diet play critical roles. Both are something that Webster gives significant importance in his daily life.

“I have to make sure I’m staying healthy and eating right,” he commented. “Denny (Brown, trainer) and I will go back and look at the do’s and don’ts from my fights, and we focus on the things to make me a better all-around fighter.”

One of the key reasons to Webster being so active in 2011 has been the signing of a promotional contract with Nedal Abuhumoud and Nedal Boxing. Being somebody who always gives credit when it is due, Webster quickly points to how influential the signing has been to his career.

“I would say that Nedal has been the blessing I was waiting on,” he remarked. “Without a promoter, we would schedule fights, but they wouldn’t go through. Now that we have a promoter, all of that has changed. Everything that Nedal has said he was going to do is exactly what he has been doing. The fights he has been getting me and the way he has been moving me, Nedal has been a blessing to me as a fighter.”

Not only has Webster been getting opportunities this year, he has also been taking complete advantage of them. In his four previous pairings in 2011, he has a pair of knockouts and two unanimous decision victories, and he has not lost a single round. In one of those stoppages, he dropped Jose Medina three times in the first frame and forced the 35-bout veteran into retirement.

“Nowadays, a lot of people say boxing isn’t exciting anymore. I try to focus on bringing that excitement back,” Webster stated. “Now, when the crowd sees me coming through the chambers, I know what they’re anticipating - either a knockout or a good show. So that’s what I try to focus on, just being myself. I try not to put any added pressure on myself besides being ‘Take it to the Bank,’ which I am always and every time I step into the ring. I always try to be a showman, a crowd pleaser. Sometimes, people get carried away in there and get hurt, so I keep myself protected and safe, but I always make sure to satisfy my fans and my trainer.”

With Johnson being the only thing standing between him and a perfect 10-0 record, Webster knows he is on the verge of a huge professional accomplishment, and he spoke about the energy that brings him.

“It’s very exciting. I keep thinking about it because a lot of fighters don’t make it to 10-0,” he said. “Some people even fall off before they hit that nine-mark. For me to be facing 10-0 right now is very important, and hitting that double digit win landmark is my focus – not only hitting it, but hitting it well.”

While the background on his opponent this weekend is a bit uncertain, Webster says that he has already envisioned how the action will go down.

“If you ask me, I would anticipate a knockout on Saturday,” he confirmed. “I don’t know much about Romaro Johnson. He has an okay record, but he blocks punches with his face. I’m not the one you want to stand in front of or allow yourself to take so many punches. When I hit you, I hurt you.”

Tickets for Saturday’s card, which is headlined by a junior featherweight pairing of Teon Kennedy and Alejandro Lopez, are still available. Additionally, the main card of the show will be broadcasted live on Fox Sports Net and Fox Deportes.

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