Derric Rossy to battle Akhror Muralimov for IBF North American Heavyweight title & undefeated Mike Lee takes on Gary Tapusoa for the UBF All America's boxing title Tonight.
Queens, NY (February 14, 2015)- As recent as 2011, Derric Rossy was rated highly by the IBF. In fact he was entered in a 4 man elimination tournament that would name a mandatory challenger for Wladimir Klitschko.
Rossy fell short as he lost a 12-round unanimous decision to Eddie Chambers on February 11, 2011 in Atlantic City.
Fast forward three years and three days, Rossy has had average results since but his willingness to fight anyone and some great (but unrewarded) performances has him a fee steps away from regaining his status in the Heavyweight division.
He takes that first step on tonight when he takes on undefeated Akhror Muralimov for the IBF North American Heavyweight title Resorts World Casino New York in one of the co-main events of a card that will be televised live on CBS Sports Network beginning at 10:30 PM ET.
In another co-main event, undefeated Mike Lee battles Gary Tapusoa for the UBF All Americas title.
The show is promoted by Sal Musumeci's Final Forum boxing.
"Everything went well during training. It actually went better than expected and I am feeling really strong," said the 34 year-old native of Medford, NY.
Rossy is coming off a 10-round majority decision defeat to current number-two ranked Vyacheslav Glazkov on August 9 in a fight that most who watched the fight thought Rossy should have got the verdict.
"It didn't go my way. I held my own if not won the fight. I had confidence that I would win and people telling me I won lifted me up."
He faces a tough minded fighter in Muralimov who holds a perfect mark of 16-0 with 13 knockouts. Rossy knows that native of Houston via Uzbekistan will be a tough out on Saturday.
"I know he is very heavy handed and strong. He isn't the most polished but he knows how to throw punches and you can't fall asleep on a guy like him because he will put you to sleep if I do."
Rossy is very excited to perform in front of the national audience as it will be the first show on CBS Sports Network.
"It's great that all of these networks are now jumping into boxing. It feels like the resurgence of boxing is coming on. It gives more opportunities and I hopefully I can pick up a few more fights along the way."
With a win, Rossy will pick up the IBF North American belt and that begins the process of re climbing up the rankings.
"It is the nature of the beast. You get knocked down with a loss but fights like this helps you get back up. I need this to show I can get back up to the upper echelon of the Heavyweight division. I just hope people will tune in as it will be an exciting fight. We are two hungry guys. I have a feeling that the bout will turn into a rumble.
Tickets for this great evening of boxing can be purchased at www.rwnewyork.com or www.etix.com.
1st Bout is at 8 PM with the doors opening at 7 PM.
Resorts World Casino New York City is located at 110-00 Rockaway Blvd, Jamaica, NY.
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