Undefeated heavyweight Derric Rossy of Medford, New York, steps up the competition when he takes on fellow New Yorker and long-time heavyweight Gary "Bring Da Pain" Bell for the vacant New York State heavyweight title on February 10, 2006 at Long Island, New York's Huntington Hilton. Rossy (9-0 -5 KO's), a former Boston College defensive lineman will face his toughest opponent and biggest test to date in Bell.
Rossy recently outpointed David Polk (9-3).
New England Ringside Promotions president Rick Brutti said, "Rossy is a big, athletic Italian kid who is unlike so many former football players who've turned to boxing. Derric has very quick hands and feet to go along with his obvious power." The fact that he would take on such an esteemed veteran fighter like Bell shows the confidence his management team has in his abilities. Rossy is a 2003 graduate of Boston College where he lettered in
football as a lineman and took up boxing shortly thereafter.
Former New York Golden Gloves champion Gary "Bring the Pain" Bell of Brooklyn, NY, in contrast, is a graduate of the school of hard knocks and came for the tough streets of Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, New York. He has a professional record of (23-2 -18 KO's) and started his pro Boxing career in 1995 after winning several amateur titles, including the New York Golden Gloves, Metro Games, NYS Silver Gloves and Platinum Gloves. In his
professional career, Bell had several impressive first round knockouts highlighted by a 59-second knockout of a young Jameel McCline back in 1995. Bell is credited for preparing Evander Holyfield for his two fights with Mike Tyson, both wins, serving as a longtime Holyfield sparring partner.
In other action, undefeated Chika Nakamura will look to move up the ranks as one of the world's best female boxers. Also fighting are New York's Julio Cardenas (7-0), Eddie Mansey (1-0), and the pro debut of Ray Gonzalez. Tickets and information available between noon & 8pm at: Maxwell & Dunne's @ 1600 Round Swamp Rd. Plainview, NY 11803 (516) 694-6200.