A failed physical by his opponent last week forced a delay in Derrick "Take it to the Bank" Webster (14-0, 7 KOs) returning to the ring, but the wait will finally be over this Friday night at the Philadelphia Armory. After turning over every stone in an attempt to find a new opponent, it is now official that the undefeated super middleweight will meet gritty Puerto Rican scrapper Julio Garcia (6-5, 3 KOs).
Webster holds a perfect 14-0 record as a professional fighter (Photo courtesy of Team Webster, Click for full-size version).
"I was really excited that we were able to find a new opponent so quickly," Webster stated. "My main priority is that I didn't want to upset my fans anymore, so I had to figure out something. After my fight fell through last week, I reached out to Roy Jones and 50 Cent, and they advised me to go ahead and look for the next possibility. I knew my fans were upset that they didn't get to see me fight last weekend, so I had to do something to rectify the situation as quickly as possible. It took some work, but I'm happy that they now have something to look forward to this Friday."
Due to many circumstances out of his control, Webster has now waited over a year to get back in the ring. Despite that absence, the Glassboro, New Jersey, native has maintained an intense training regimen and has not taken any breaks from the gym, just to make sure that he is always ready if he received a call to fight.
"This is the prime of my career. I'm knocking at the door for some big time opportunities," Webster confirmed. "It's very important for me to always be in shape. When they pull my number out of the hat, I definitely want to be prepared. I want them to look at me like a guy who has been inactive, so when they choose me, they realize they just chose the wrong number. It sounds cliché because a lot of fighters use it, but I honestly feel like I am in the best possible shape right now that I have been in my entire career."
Come Friday night, Webster looks forward to showing all of the boxing community exactly how great of shape that actually is.
"I've been indecisive about if I just want to get this fight over with or if I want to put on a show for my fans," he remarked. "I definitely want to give my fans something to see, and I want them to recognize that I am a totally different fighter. Even in my sparring, I'm shocking myself with my hand speed and my combinations. Fighting off my back foot, fighting on the inside. It's the things that I create and put together that has been the most impressive. I want to go out there and shock my fans and all of those people who come see me fight after fight. They're going to see a whole new D-Web, a whole new Take it to the Bank. I've matured so much, and they'll see all of that come Friday night."
Tickets for Webster's highly anticipated return to the ring this Friday night at the Philadelphia Armory are available now by calling his team at (609) 680-7131.