Super middleweight Derrick “Take it to the Bank” Webster (21-1, 11 KOs) put on a dominant five-round display on Friday night at 2300 Arena in Philadelphia, dismantling Zoltan Sera (26-11, 17 KOs) of Hungary en route to a TKO victory. The stoppage for Webster, who is represented by DandD Management, came at the 1:28 mark of the fifth frame.
“I wasn’t quite used to his style, but we trained for it,” Webster said of the awkward Sera. “I didn’t get in the body work that I wanted tonight, but we were working behind a very effective jab. I knew he wasn’t going to be able to keep up with me, whether it was the footwork or the hand speed. I knew he couldn’t keep up with me.”
From the opening bell, Webster came out firing a crisp jab before instantly finding his rhythm and throwing numbers. Just 10 seconds into the bout, the Glassboro native landed a flurry that sat Sera down on the canvas, but the referee ruled it a slip.
Throughout the entire fight, Sera was wild and reckless, but Webster kept his composure and was still able to find his timing. In the second round, he began following up his jab with sharp left hooks, and his shifty movement was clearly confusing his opponent. He was continuously able to make Sera miss while hitting him with counter left hands, walking him down and mixing up the attack.
By the time of the fourth frame, Webster was bullying Sera around the ring, landing his punches with ease before backing his opponent into the neutral corner with a sharp right hook. He then followed that up with a hard one-two combination that crumbled Sera for his first official knockdown of the evening. When action resumed, Sera remained focused on acquiring the clinch to carry him into the next round.
The bell for the fifth frame would prove to be the beginning of the end for Sera as Webster immediately went on the attack with a clear mission of closing the show. He applied constant pressure until he capped off a flurry with a left hook that nearly sent Sera flying through the ropes, marking the second knockdown of the bout. As Sera struggled to get back to his feet, the referee in charge decided that he had seen enough, calling a halt to the fight halfway through the fifth round.
“We trained hard for this fight,” Webster stated. “Ultimately, I think I went out there and did what I needed to do. I would like to have gotten him out of there a little bit earlier, but I still got him out of there. The job is complete.”
With another win in the books, Webster and his team now look towards his next outing, which is slated to occur in early 2017.