August 16, 2001 - By Paul Upham: Sydney 2000 Olympian Calvin Brock returns to the ring against Rocky Gannon at the new Cox Pavilion in Las Vegas on Saturday, on the undercard of the David Tua vs Chris Byrd IBF eliminator. After missing a bout on the David Reid undercard last month with an ear infection, Brock, 5-0 (4), is fully fit again and ready to continue his unbeaten run.
“Everything is going real well as far as my preparation is concerned. I’m in top condition. I’ve been doing a lot of running and training hard in the boxing gym. I’ve been getting excellent sparring, especially being here in Las Vegas,” said Brock, who has been in training camp since May 29.
Although he has only had five professional bouts, Brock is not concerned about facing Gannon, who has had 40 career contests. “I’m not too worried about it. My confidence is real high. I feel that even right now, my skill level is the same as a lot of Top 10 heavyweight contenders,” said Brock.
“I’m not saying I’m ready for a top 10 calibre heavyweight yet, because I’m still in a learning process. But I feel that Rocky Gannon, even though he has a lot of experience, is a good match for me to build on.”
The bout is scheduled for six rounds and Brock will not be rushing for a knockout just because he is on a high profile card. “I would love to get a knockout, but I’m just going to get into the ring, take my time and be myself. Not try to force a knockout. If a knockout comes, it comes. If it doesn’t, then I’ll make sure I win a decision,” added Brock.
Brock will continue his busy schedule with two fights in September on Fox Sports Net Sunday Night Fights and then another two bouts in October. “I’m back now and looking forward to being back on Fox again next month,” said Brock, who will appear as support to the Fres Oquendo vs. Obed Sullivan fight on September 2 and again on September 23.
“My career is on track,” said Brock. “Right now I am 5-0. I’m getting ready for my sixth boxing match and I don’t have a blemish on my record. I have been building my career and leaning a lot. I’m looking forward to this Saturday.”
The 26 year-old Brock made his debut on February 11 with a TKO3 win over Zeb Kimbrough in Illinios. Two more TKO wins followed on March 11 and March 23 against Benjamin Garcia and Jeff Ford, before a four round points win over Antonio Colbert on April 1.
Brock’s fifth win against Shawn Woods by first round stoppage was on June 17 at the Sunset Station in San Antonio, Texas on Fox Sunday Night Fights. “If I put away 10 or 11 fights in nine months, that’s staying real busy and coming along real well,” said Brock, who is very happy with his promoter keeping him active. “Everything is working out great with America Presents,” he said.
Managed and trained by his father Calvance, Brock has an impressive academic record having graduated from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, majoring in Finance.
In what has to be a first in the heavyweight division, Brock has his own web site where fans can read his monthly selection of “Brock Stock”, where the aspiring heavyweight champion and financial whiz suggests his company of the month to invest your money in.
“My website is right up to date. Anybody who wants to check out my stock selections and keep up with me in my career, log on to CalvinBrockUSA.com,” he said.