The BAM title gives Webster his first pro strap.
Glassboro Resident Scores Unanimous Decision Victory over Taneal Goyco
New Jersey native Derrick “Take it to the Bank” Webster (11-0, 6 KOs) entered Friday night at Harrah’s Casino in Chester with the opportunity to claim his first professional championship, and he would not let that chance slip by. After six hard-fought rounds against a game Taneal Goyco (4-3, 2 KOs), Webster not only saw his hand raised via a unanimous decision victory, but he also had the BAM Light Heavyweight Championship Belt strapped around his waist.
“I felt really sharp,” Webster said after the fight. “I didn’t know too much about the guy, so I really wanted to make sure I kept my mind focused on him. First round, I hit him with a nice uppercut and had him out of there, but I wanted to make a fight out of it and didn’t jump on him. I would say that was an amateur mistake. I should’ve finished him when I had the chance. He was a tough dude. As the rounds went on, he got tougher, but I’m always able to overcome. So here it is (pointing to the belt on his shoulder).”
An obviously determined Webster made his way to the ring under the sound of a new entrance song, paying quick respect to the nice gathering of supporters he had in attendance before turning his attention to the man in the opposite corner. While Goyco gave up a three-inch height disadvantage to the 6-4 Webster, he held an 84-inch reach, marking the first time that Webster’s 80-inch reach was exceeded by his counterpart.
Webster worked his lead right-handed jab against the orthodox Goyco from the opening bell in this contest, firing off sharp left hooks when he found his openings. He was nearly perfect with his timing when it came to avoiding the wild strikes from the powerful Goyco, not just in the first frame but throughout the entire bout. Midway through that opening stanza, Webster caught his opposition in a state of vulnerability, and that was when he landed a vicious uppercut to the chin of Goyco. However, he backed off a bit, and the bell would eventually sound to set up the scene for a solid second frame.
Over the next few rounds, Webster began to work the body of Goyco, slipping under the advances of his opponent and firing combinations off the pivot. On more than a few occasions, a frustrated Goyco saw his loaded up punches hit air as Webster continually used slick head movement to avoid any damage. The New Jersey resident stuck to his game plan, making sure to not leave himself vulnerable while letting his hands go when he found the opportunity.
Goyco enjoyed his best frame in the fifth stanza, finding some success by throwing some flurries, but Webster did a nice job of being defensive when he had to be. In the sixth and final round, Goyco tried to rush Webster at the opening bell, but the New Jersey native was more than happy to stand and bang with him. A nice burst from Webster midway rocked Goyco to his back heels, and he then followed those blows up with an explosion. As he continued to blast his opponent with punches at the end, the final bell rang, and Webster would have to settle for a unanimous decision win. The final score cards read 59-55 (2) and 60-54 in his favor.
After the bout concluded, Webster confirmed that he wants to continue staying busy in 2011, a year that has already seen him collect six wins in just over nine months.
“I’m hoping to be back in the ring next month,” he stated. “I wouldn’t mind fighting the likes of somebody like Mike Paschall. He’s 21-2. I want these guys that have these records who are supposed to be the big fish. I’m going after whoever is out there.”
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