ALBANY — Terry Roscoe is just a few steps away from achieving a life-long dream.
Roscoe, an accomplished amateur fighter who returned to the ring late last year after a two-year hiatus, is headed to Macon for the state championships, which begin today, hoping to emerge as the 165-pound Georgia champ. If he does, he’ll automatically be entered in a qualifier for the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London, where Roscoe, 23, hopes to represent his country — and bring gold back to Albany.
“By now, the U.S. Olympic boxing team should’ve been set, but when they went to the world qualifier recently, eight of the 12 guys they had on the team failed to qualify, so that forced them to come back and hold what’s called a box-off and form a new team to take to London,” Roscoe said. “When I heard that — knowing I missed my chance (in 2008) to get on the team — I was real excited. I feel like this is meant to be.”
Roscoe must first win three consecutive fights this weekend in Macon to capture the 165-pound title. If he does, he’ll be headed to Colorado Springs, Colo., in February for the box-off, where he’ll then have to post the best record in a four-day round-robin event in his weight class to be one of the 11 fighters chosen to represent America in London.
“I think I have a real good chance,” said Roscoe, a three-time state champ who lost his first comeback fight last year, but has since won two straight. “This is my last shot, so I’ve got to make the most of it, man.”
Roscoe says if he doesn’t make the team, he plans to turn pro in April.