The win was the fifth in less than seven months for Webster.
Undefeated New Jersey Native Improves to 10-0
Undefeated middleweight Derrick Webster (10-0, 6 KOs) came into a Saturday night pairing with Romaro Johnson (11-4, 6 KOs) with a landmark double digit win total within his grasp, and the New Jersey native made sure to grab it. After six hard fought rounds against the scrappy Johnson at Bally’s in Atlantic City, it was Webster who had his hand raised to the roar of an approving crowd after the ringside judges saw it unanimously in his favor.
“It’s a blessing,” Webster said of being 10-0. “A lot of fighters don’t make it to 10-0. And now that I’m here, I’m here to stay. My thing was to show that I was here to do what I was made to do.”
What Webster did was look very disciplined over the six frames of this bout, doing a great job of being elusive and slipping off his jab. Johnson loaded up on wild hooks throughout the contest, but Webster displayed nice head and footwork to come out of the fight basically unscathed. Emotions also ran high during the action, with words being exchanged and the two fighters standing nose to nose after the final sixth round bell had rung. Beginning earlier this weekend, things had become a bit personal after a few run-ins between the pair, but at no point did Webster allow that to get him out of his game during the actual bout.
“I think it’s all preparation for the fight. I knew what I was here for,” Webster commented about his ability to stay in his game plan without falling victim to the distractions. “At the press conference, he tried to get in my head. I already knew pretty much what he wanted to do, so my thing was to stay professional, stay sharp, stay poised. My goal was to hit this 10-0 mark and hit it well. That’s what I was here to do.”
The official score cards for this fight saw it 60-54 with a pair of 59-55 counts, giving Webster the unanimous decision. The win was his fifth victory in less than seven months, and he says that he aims to continue at that same rapid pace in the upcoming months. Next up is likely a bout in late September, which could possibly be followed by a United States Boxing Association (USBA) championship bout in October.
ResVideo: Post-Fight Interview with Derrick Webster