By Jake Donovan
Trevor Bryan never has a problem getting ready for any given fight, simply because he chooses to always stay ready.
The unbeaten heavyweight constantly carries that mindset—a must these days for anyone who fights under the present-day version of Hall of Fame promoter Don King, with opportunities few and far between. Still, he comes into the ring prepared for anything on Friday night, as he steps up in class versus veteran spoiler Derric Rossy.
The two square off at The D Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, with Showtime to televise as part of its prospect-based Shobox series.
"I’m The Dream. I dedicate everything to the game," insists Bryan (15-0, 11KOs), who fights for the fourth time in a span of just over four months. "Boxing is not like any other sport. You have to live this sport. I’m in the main event. People will see a great fighter coming out. We gonna light the place on fire."
The bout is Bryan's first televised appearance, against a combat-ready Rossy (30-9, 14KOs) who has proven his worth with several top heavyweights in recent time.
Included among the hits that grace Rossy's deceptive record are a 10-round win over Joe Hanks last May and a well-earned decision over previously unbeaten Akhror Muralimov in his last fight this past February.
Wedged in between is a fight that—had been scored fairly—would have meant the biggest win of his career. Instead, Rossy landed on the short end of a horribly scored decision in favor of unbeaten Vyacheslav Glazkov in their NBC Sports Network-televised bout last August.
"I’ve seen a couple of controversial losses that he should’ve won," Bryan notes of his seasoned opponent. "He’s not towards the end of his career, but he fights like he has nothing to lose. He wants to take my "0". It’s an interesting fight for the fans."
It remains to be seen where Bryan—in just his fourth full year in the pro ranks—goes from here. Chances are, it will be right back in the gym.
"Staying fight ready, you have to be fighting," points out Bryan, who turns 26 on Sunday. "You can spar all you want, but unless you in there fighting, you're not getting that ring experience. As far as staying busy, I’d like to fight every 2-3 months. We don’t stop training. We’re going right back in the gym. After my fight with Stacy Frazier (a 2nd round knockout this past June), I was in the gym that following Monday, just in case an oppirtunity like this came up. We stay in the gym, we stay in shape.
"Derrick Rossy said it’s going to war. I’m from Albany, we war every day. I’m ready to go. It’s time to light this city on fire!"
Jake Donovan is the managing editor of BoxingScene.com.
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