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      Albany Boxer Off the Ropes in Pro Debut

      In the dark of a make-shift, damp local boxing gym, there's an Albany fighter lighting up the ring toward a professional boxing career.

      Albany's Terry Roscoe, with more than 100 amateur fights under his belt, will make his professional debut Saturday at the Georgia Boxing Championships in Albany.

      I'm ready for it. I love it. It turns me on to get in the ring and fight with a guy, Roscoe said. I pick a guy apart, confuse him with him. Pop shot him from the outside, get close...I can dangle with you- still get my punches in and get back out...just frustrate my opponent, oppose my will basically.

      But the lights on Roscoe's boxing career were almost turned out in 2006. Due to children and work responsibilities, the Augusta-native lost his footing and was against the ropes. Now, in the best shape of his life, Roscoe is ready to show out at the US 19 Dragway.

      Performing in front of (the home crowd)? I'm going to have to put on a show...there ain't nothing else. This is my way out|I feel like my hands are my way out of the city, Roscoe said.

      In front of the largest crowd of his career, Roscoe hopes fighting Atlanta's Eric Floyd is only the beginning. For the local boxer, bringing success to his young family is the ultimate goal.

      I'm going to do what I do and everybody is going to see that Terry Roscoe is the next best thing. After they hold my hand up and give me the first pro-victory. Hopefully, things get bigger and better after that, Roscoe said.