Webster says meeting Roy Jones, Jr. was the highlight of his trip to Las Vegas.
Editorial by John Archibald, Team Webster/Resolution Sports
Undefeated super middleweight Derrick “Take it to the Bank” Webster (13-0, 7 KOs) spent last week in Las Vegas with trainer Freddie Roach and undefeated WBC Middleweight Champion Julio Caser Chavez, Jr. (45-0-1, 31 KOs), getting the opportunity to work alongside some of the biggest names in the sport. What he took away from the trip was a highly rewarding overall experience, and the New Jersey native also found the next man he would like to face in Scott Sigmon (22-4, 12 KOs), who was defeated by former world champion Kelly Pavlik (39-2, 34 KOs) in the main event of ESPN’s Friday Night Fights at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.
“The trip itself was amazing, in both the experience I was able to have and the legends I met,” Webster reflected. “To be able to sit down and have conversations with people like Roy Jones, Freddie Roach, Manny Pacquiao and Andre Ward – talking about everything from the nature of boxing itself, its ups and downs and just their overall experiences – really made the trip memorable. Chavez’s camp was a really good experience for me as well, and it taught me a lot about myself.”
Being surrounded by fighters who have multiple titles on their resumes truly gave Webster a strong look into the type of effort those champions give during training, and he says that is something he will certainly take away from spending a week in camp with Roach, Chavez, Jr., and the rest of the boxers who were in Las Vegas.
“Watching people like Amir Khan, Pacquiao and BJ Flores work out, you really see how crazy their work ethic is,” he stated. “It definitely lets me know that I shouldn’t wait to get to that level to pick up my work regimen. It’s important for me to take it there now. Even with fighters like Roy Jones, who has been down and knocked out yet still has an extreme level of passion and drive for this, it lets you know that you must overcome any downfalls throughout your career. You have to keep pushing. Their love for this sport is unbelievable.”
If not already evident in his previous statements, Webster showed no hesitation when asked what was the highlight of the trip to the West Coast, one that concluded with a ringside seat at the highly controversial Pacquaio bout with Timothy Bradley on Saturday.
“Roy Jones, of course. My highlight was meeting Roy Jones,” he confirmed. “I’ve never been excited to meet anyone, but when I saw Roy, that really hit me. Seeing him and being able to talk to him was really special. The way I knew the interest was mutual was when he gave me his personal number and offered to fly me and my family to see him in Florida. I’ve always been a Roy fan since I was a kid, so I’ve been watching him fight for a long time. Being able to meet him in person had to be the best part of the trip.”
While the experience itself was rewarding in all facets, it was still a business trip for Webster, and that does not only refer to the week of work he gave Roach and Chavez, Jr. The boxing workplace is one that will quickly turn you into a scout who must have his eyes on his own future. That type of mental state is one that Webster took with him to the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino on Friday night, confirming what he wanted to be the next step in his professional career.
“Two or three months ago, I wanted a fight with Scott Sigmon, but it just so happens that he signs a fight with Pavlik and I am in Vegas to watch this guy,” Webster remarked. “Everybody needs an out, and I want to be his out. I want this fight him before anyone else. I think it makes for a good fight, and I definitely want a piece of him. His record is 22-4, so many people in the eyes of boxing may say this is a dangerous fight, but you have to take a chance. And this is a test that I’ll pass with flying colors.”
Will Sigmon accept the challenge from Webster? The ball is now in his court.