Former UAB Standout and NFL Player Joe Webb Scores KO In First Amateur Fight
(Webb waits for further instructions from referee after knock down.)
Joseph (Joe) Webb authored another chapter in his athletic career today at the Lee Community Center in Homewood, AL. Fighting in the Southeast Golden Gloves, Webb knocked out his opponent Derek Lovelance in the first round. Webb came out fast, showing no signs of nervousness usually associated with a newcomer. He made his opponent uncomfortable by pushing pace, and was able to land hard shots while his opponent was retreating. After knocking his opponent down, his opponent would remain grounded for several minutes, but thankfully was able to get to his feet with seemingly no lasting effects.
Webb, who spent time in the NFL with the Vikings, Panthers, Bills, Texans, and the Giants, has been training at Round 1 in Hoover, AL for the past 4 months. His main sparring partners have been aspiring boxers, (1 of which whom is a professional, Anthony Stewart) Steven Motley Jr., Anthony Stewart, and Adrian Drane. Drane had this to say about his gym mate:
He's so fast at closing space. He covers so much distance. He's initiating contact then he's gone before the other guy can think to return fire, then he's right back on him. Phenomenal work for a guy whose just been recently introduced to the sport."
Motley had similar things to say:
"He's got good instincts," he said. "He's got a good idea of what big mistakes not to make. He's a hard worker."
Webb himself was excited and had this to say immediately after the fight:
"I was just trying to do the things my coaches asked me to do. Just trying to perfect my craft. It's different from being in the gym. It's live fire. I'm just glad I got the win and I give God all the glory.
When asked what's next Webb said he is open to whatever comes.
View full fight here.