Don’t call Derric Rossy a journeyman
Long Islander Derric Rossy fights Bermane Stiverne this evening and Mr. Rossy would politely like to make a point before the bell rings to start the heavyweight clash.
“A well known writer talked about the fight and said I was a journeyman. I don’t agree with that statement. Journeyman to me sounds like a guy making an earning losing to top guys,” said the ex-Boston College footballer. “I feel at any given night when I fight it’s always 50/50 that I win or lose and sometimes more in my favor because I’m right up there with all those heavyweights.”
Stiverne (24-2-1; age 37; last fought in January, lost WBC title to Deontay Wilder) has not been active and that could leave an opening for the 35-year-old Rossy.
How is his body and mind going in to the tangle at the Hard Rock in Vegas?
“Feeling good and confident.”
What are the stakes then?
“The stakes for these fights are always big, a win here can put me in to some good negotiations for some big fights. Basically I’m treating this like my title fight here and now.”
And what does Stiverne bring to the proverbial table?
“He is a strong puncher with decent hand speed for a big guy,” said the 30-10 Rossy, “a decent counter puncher and has a similar stalking style to Alexander Povetkin but not as relentless. Just need to do my thing in that ring, be on point every second of this fight, complete focus.”