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FIREWORKS FIZZLE: Rossy Loses in Germany

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FIREWORKS FIZZLE: Rossy Loses in Germany

Derric Rossy went to Germany thinking optimistically. He didn't want to cave to pessimism, get bogged down in the historical muck, worry himself about the possibility that he'd get the short end of the stick if it went to the cards in the other guys' neck of the woods.

He sure as heck didn't want to be messaging from Germany after fighting Erkan Teper on Sunday evening, with a tone too familiar to him. But history, in his mind, repeated himself and the Long Islander couldn't help but process his frustration after losing a UD10 to Teper the German resident, by scores of 98-92, 97-93, 96-94.

“I hate to sound like a broken record or bordering on ‘oh yeah right,' but they they took it from me once again, Mike,” the now 30-12 heavyweight Rossy said. “You will have to see it for yourself and be your own judge because I can go on and on about how I won but that doesn't matter unless you can see the fight for what it is. I'll send you a picture of my face through Facebook, not a mark on it and he is cut and welted up, you name it. Don't get me wrong, he was a tough guy but all he did was try to hit home runs which did not find their home and he wasn't in the best of shape. He did hit me but mostly while we were tangled up. I had him stopped with a gut shot but he ran off complaining about a low blow. My promoter Sal Musumeci taped it on his phone, I haven't seen it yet or the quality but I was just too livid to watch it right away. The feeling was palpable in that arena that I had a snowballs' chance in hell of winning that fight fairly.”

Rossy turned 36 on Saturday. His family will celebrate the occasion in a couple days, but no, the event won't have the air of frivolity it should, in his mind.

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Editor/publisher Michael Woods got addicted to boxing in 1990, when Buster Douglas shocked the world with his demolition of the thought to be impregnable Mike Tyson. The Brooklyn-based journalist Woods has covered the sport since then, for ESPN The Magazine, ESPN.com, ESPN New York, RING, and he was editor of TheSweetScience.com from 2007-2015. Woods is also an accomplished blow by blow and color man, having done work for Top Rank, DiBella Entertainment, EPIX, and for Facebook Fightnight Live since 2017. He now does work for PROBOX TV, the first truly global boxing network.