Webster Heads to Camp with Bernard Hopkins

Written by John Archibald, Resolution Sports

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Undefeated New Jersey Native Set for September 24th Return to Ring

Undefeated boxer Derrick “Take it to the Bank” Webster (10-0, 6 KOs) will be training alongside one of the greatest to ever do it beginning next week, when the New Jersey native joins ageless WBC and Ring Magazine Light Heavyweight Champion Bernard Hopkins (52-5-2, 34 KOs) in his training camp for an upcoming title defense against Chad Dawson (30-1, 17 KOs) on October 15th. Additionally, the Glassboro resident now appears to be set for his 11th professional fight and sixth bout in eight months when he returns to the ring on September 24th at the Harrah’s Resort in Chester, Pennsylvania.

“I was leaving the hotel from my last fight (a unanimous decision victory over Romaro Johnson on August 13th in Atlantic City), and Bernard’s strength coach Danny Davis approached me and asked how I felt about sparring with him because he’s fighting Chad Dawson,” Webster recollected about how the opportunity with the 46-year-old Hopkins presented itself. “For me to be 10-0 and have a world class champion looking to work with me and help him get prepared for a fight? Needless to say, it makes me feel really good. For one, they had to see some type of ability I had because they’re not going to invite some average joe into his training camp. It would have to be someone beneficial to his camp.”

With Dawson standing 6-foot-3, the 6-4 Webster will undoubtedly give Hopkins a good comparison in size as he gets himself ready for the October 15th pairing.

“By me being a tall southpaw like Chad Dawson, I think I can give some good work to Bernard,” Webster continued. “It’s really a pleasure to even be asked to attend his camp. I’ve already been training like I was preparing for a fight, just to make sure I give him the work he deserves. I know what he’s trying to do in the boxing world, and I’d like to be part of helping him achieve it.”

The upcoming bout on September 24th will be the sixth of an extremely busy 2011 for Webster, and the fast rising prospect in three weight divisions (middleweight, super middleweight and light heavyweight) says he feels healthier than ever.

“I feel better than I even did for my last fight,” he confirmed. “I feel myself growing as a fighter every day. Due to the fact I’m not dealing with any injuries or negative distractions, my body also feels rejuvenated, like I’m dealing with a new toy. And I can’t wait to use it.”

In no other place can Webster prove his body is feeling great than in his own training, where the highly focused fighter engages in an intense regimen on a daily basis.

“Right now, I’m already up running between 3-5 a.m.,” he stated. “I’ll get in 8-10 miles in the morning, come home and have a good breakfast, and then I get in a session of conditioning from 12-3 p.m. Right after that, I’m back in the gym from about 6-10 p.m. I’ve basically been training around the clock.”

While he has always been known for a strict training schedule, Webster says he felt the need to up the ante after eclipsing the 10-0 landmark in the ring earlier this month.

“When I fought six rounds, I’d train like it was an eight to 10-round fight, so now I feel like I have to pick up more and better quality sparring as I prepare for my first eight-round fight," he remarked.  "I’m ready to show everyone that I’m not just a 10-0 fighter. I’m really above and beyond that. My trainer, Denny Brown, isn’t the same trainer anymore either. He’s been taking his training to a whole another level, and we’re ready to show everyone exactly what ‘Take it to the Bank’ is all about.”

Feeling as healthy as he does, Webster had one last message for all of the fight fans out there.

“I want everyone to know I’m back. Due to injuries, my recent performances haven’t been at my best,” he commented, despite all of those performances being convincing victories. “I’m back, and my body feels fresh. If you miss this fight, you’re going to miss a whole lot. For starters, my sparring has been incredible. I’m happy with everything that I’ve been seeing in myself, and I’m my own biggest critic. People really need to get on board and become part of this movement. Hearing about it is not as exciting as being able to see it. Get down or get run over.”

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