This bout is the sixth in nine months for Webster (Photo courtesy of Team Webster).
Derrick Webster Takes on Teneal Goyco for BAM Light Heavyweight Championship
Unbeaten New Jersey native Derrick "Take it to the Bank" Webster (10-0, 6 KOs) has had about as busy of a 2011 that a fighter can have, picking up five wins in seven months at two different weight classes, and that work rate will pay off on Friday night at the Harrah’s Casino in Chester, Pennsylvania. Webster will meet Philadelphia native Teneal Goyco (4-2, 2 KOs) in the co-main event of the evening, with the BAM Light Heavyweight Championship being on the line in the first title fight of his professional career.
“How’s it going to feel? I don’t know yet,” Webster said of potentially winning his first professional championship. “This is something I’ve seen coming for a long time. As an amateur, I won eight belts, and I remember how it felt to win those. But to actually win a real piece of gold, I’m not sure what to think about that yet. To have them put that belt around my waist or on my shoulder, wherever they want to put it, I don’t know what I’ll be feeling. I know I will be very much overjoyed and very thankful to God for giving me the ability to do what I am capable of doing. Right now, I’m just smiling. Everybody keeps asking me how I’m going to feel, and I seriously don’t know yet. When they say “AND THE NEW,” something is going to come over me. I guess everybody will have to come out to the fight to find out.”
The Webster-Goyco bout was elevated to a championship fight this past week when a proposed Pennsylvania State Light Heavyweight Title Bout between Tommy Karpency and Tony Ferrante was removed from the card after Karpency pulled from the fight due to a tooth infection. After that happened, promoter Joey Eye received approval to make the Webster-Goyco pairing for the BAM belt. Webster is a resident of Glassboro, New Jersey, which is why he was not eligible to compete for a Pennsylvania State Championship.
“At this particular time, I’ll take any belt there is,” Webster stated. “Just to be able to fight for a title right now is something I feel I deserve because I’ve put in a lot of work for it. As far as I’m concerned, the belt is already mine. All I have to do is show up for it. That’s really how I feel. All I have to do is show up. I’m more than ready to go six, eight rounds. Even if it was a 10-rounder, I’d be ready to go. The belt is already mine. All I have to do is put it on. That’s all.”
While preparing for this fight, Webster gained some of the best experience possible, joining Bernard Hopkins’ camp for a world title bout against Chad Dawson, which was then followed up by entering Eddie Chambers’ training for an IBF Heavyweight Title eliminator against Tony Thompson. Webster says he acquired both insight and confidence from spending time with those world class boxers.
“Leading up to this fight with all the great sparring I had, first with Bernard, actually took my confidence to a whole another level,” he remarked. “It helped my level of skill, but confidence was something I had to gain more of. Working with Bernard definitely gave me the confidence that I could be in there with the caliber of fighters who are supposed to be so much better than me. Then going to work with Eddie Chambers, who has been a heavyweight champion, and being able to be in there with heavyweights, it makes you wary of the punches coming at you. I worked on my slipping and throwing a lot of punches to keep guys away from you. I’ve also been working with Garrett Wilson, the Ultimate Warrior, and he’s a monster in there who has a certain way in how he moves around the ring. Being able to be at the same level with these guys and working with them, it definitely did something for my confidence, and it also increased my skill level.”
This card in Chester was originally scheduled for a month ago on the racetrack at Harrah’s, but uncertain weather caused its delay. With that extra time to train, Webster feels he could not be any more prepared for this outing.
“It gave me time to put more road work in. It also gave me time to focus on any lows I was having in the ring,” he said of the delay. “It just gave me more time to prepare, which can be a nightmare for my opponent. The worst thing you can do is give me more time to get myself together. This will be my first fight since I can remember that I’m actually healthy. No injuries, no anything. It’s going to be a really good night for me.”
Tickets for the show at Harrah’s are still available, and the first bell of the night is slated for 7:30 p.m. Make sure follow @ResSports for complete in-fight updates.