By Łukasz Furman
Heavyweight Derric Rossy (25-2, 14KOs) faces Eddie Chambers (35-2, 18KOs) in an IBF eliminator on February 11 at Bally's Atlantic City in Atlantic City, New Jersey. He sat down with BoxingScene.com/Bokser.org to discuss a variety of topics about his career and some happenings in the sport.
Łukasz Furman: Derric, your first sport used to be American Football. You fought just 10 amateur bouts, before you turned pro. Wasn't it too soon?
Derric Rossy: Started late as a fighter and I realized I had to make great strides in a shorter amount of time. It is a short amount time considering that most amateur fighters have many years and fights under their belt before turning pro.
- Do you feel that playing football somehow halped you to be better boxer?
DR: It played a roll in my development as a fighter by alowing me to bring more of an athletic background and mental toughness to the sport of boxing.
- You got attention for the first time, when you knocked out Gary Bell in the second round. How do you remember this bout?
DR: It was my first title fight it was for the New York heavyweight title. I realized he had a lot expirence but I felt ready for the challenge and I was young and eager.
- Four years ago, you career was stopped by Eddie Chambers. You are going to fight him again. What has happend in you first fight? Was it because you were unexperienced? You have lost a lot of weight since this bout.
DR: Expeirence was a big factor in that fight and now four years later with more fights under my belt and expirence it will be a different fight. I made ajustments in the way that I train and also in the way that I fight.
- What do you plan to change, compared to your first bout with Chambers?
DR: He will be fighting a more expirenced and boxer and not just a rough and tough football player.
- You are stronger, Chambers will be quicker. Will you try to knock him out?
DR: We have a game plan and I plan on staying with it and if the knockout happens it's more then welcome.
- You have sparred with Tomasz Adamek, what do you think about him as a boxer and a person?
DR: I believe Ademak is a superb fighter and is as tough as they come and as person a he is a very genuine and personable.
- How do you see chances of Tomasz Adamek against the Klitschko brothers?
DR: Ademak is giving up a lot in weight and height so he will be at a disadvantage in that aspect but his boxing skills should allow him to hold own with the champs. If Adamek was the same height and weight as the Klitschkos - he would beat them.