The win marked the first defense by Webster of his BAM Light Heavyweight Title.
New Jersey Native Improves to 12-0 Overall
Derrick “Take it to the Bank” Webster (12-0, 7 KOs) said he wanted to make it a short night when he took on Brian Bernard (10-11-2, 6 KOs) on Saturday evening in Hamilton, New Jersey, and that is exactly what he did. 40 seconds was all it took him to secure a TKO victory of his opposition, following a flush right hook that quickly hurt Bernard to the point where he was unable to beat referee David Franciosi’s 10-count.
“I really wanted to stick with the game plan – get in there and get out,” Webster stated after the fight. “I knew that he wasn’t on my level, so therefore I wanted to press the action. I knew he was a sucker for the right hook because he threw a lot of lazy jabs. So I came over the top with a hook, and I caught him. And there it was.”
From the sound of the opening bell at the Hamilton Manor, Webster immediately applied pressure on Bernard, stalking him until he was able to force the Missouri native into the corner. Once that happened, he began to unload on his opponent with a flurry of right and left hands. Bernard then tried to get away from the abuse but dropped his head and hands while backpedaling, leaving himself wide open for a right hook that Webster smashed right onto his button. With his equilibrium clearly off, Bernard stumbled around while trying to get back to his feet, but it was evident that his night was done. At the time of the referee stoppage, his corner also threw in the towel, and the TKO win was permanently notched onto the unblemished record of Webster.
The victory marks the first title defense by Webster of his BAM Light Heavyweight strap, a belt he won after securing a hard-fought unanimous decision over Taneal Goyco this past October at Harrah’s Casino in Chester, Pennsylvania.
“It feels really good,” Webster said of now being a defending champion. “I capitalized on my performance from my last fight. I could’ve knocked the guy out, and I carried him. I was trying to play to the crowd too much, and you don’t want to do things like that. I took it as a learning experience, and I came in and executed the way I wanted to.”
On hand to watch the dominating win for Webster was a healthy group of supporters, a crew that continues to grow with each impressive outing that the Glassboro resident showcases.
“It feels amazing,” Webster says of the support. “It gives me that anticipation to get out there and want to fight faster than I’m supposed to. My church family came out. Bethany Baptists came out and supported me big time. That was the greatest feeling ever. A lot of my childhood friends from high school and grade school came out. It was crazy when I got out there. To see them support you is a good thing. To be able to look at where you are now and see a lot of people you grew up with still by your side and supporting you, that’s a great feeling.”
Webster plans to stay busy in 2012, and he is looking at February 25th as a possible date for his next bout.
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