Catching Up With Terri “The Boss” Moss

There may be no easier person on earth to talk to about boxing than Terri “The Boss” Moss. I caught up with the recently inducted hall of famer, and as usual, all I had to do was say “hello” and we were off to the races.

There may also be no busier person in boxing either. To simply discuss with Terri what she’s been up to recently and what she has cooking is to make the interviewer very thankful for having a recording device. To Terri Moss, movement is life. So move she does.

Not many people would cut short the celebration of their own career as Terri did upon entering the Women’s International Boxing Hall of Fame in Fort Lauderdale on July 11th of this year, but the prolific trainer/promoter did just that. She had boxers from her Buckhead Gym in Atlanta competing in the Women’s National Golden Gloves over that stretch. Until Terri learns to be in two places at once—something she’s probably working on right now—she will occasionally have to make choices. When it comes to enjoying recognition for her own career achievements or being with her fighters, the decision is easy. For Terri her boxers come first. So Terri left “the red carpet to work the corner of a 42 year old” amateur. Rubbing elbows with Laila Ali and other luminaries would have to wait for another time.

Her fighters left the tournament with no small level of accomplishment too. Three won their weight class, one took runner up, and another took third place. She is one of the most fervent supporters of women’s boxing. While the climb for the sport is ongoing and steep, she can see the potential. When women’s boxing was first introduced, it was seen as a novelty. Maybe to some it still is. But as she points out, there is real depth to the competition compared to those early days. With the support of USA Boxing, there is a true infrastructure for developing amateurs. The inclusion of women’s boxing in the 2012 Olympic Games points to the growing legitimacy and relevance of the sport.

Terri thinks the biggest need in women’s boxing is simply one thing. That of a star. As she reminded me, UFC President Dana White once had no interest in showcasing women in MMA bouts. Then along came Rousey, perhaps not all that arguably the biggest star in MMA and near the top in all combat sports. Like with any endeavor, exposure is key. With boxing now more ubiquitous than ever thanks to Al Haymon’s Premier Boxing Champions, there could also be an opportunity on the women’s side too. All that’s needed is the right fighter and the right promoter to offer the chance. Terri suggested keeping your eye on Claressa Shields and Katie Taylor in particular after the 2016 games in Rio. Now is the time to get in too. As Terri points out, “The cost for a women’s title fight is so much less to promote than a man’s.” The risk-reward equation tips in the favor of the latter.

It should be noted that Terri trains male fighters too. In fact, way more men than women. Among them, Joshua Balbuena will be competing in the US Olympic trials later in September, and thanks to dual citizenship could be a part of the Jamaican team if he doesn’t make Team USA. She’s also excited about two brothers (Abel and David Aparicio) who she refers to as her “heartthrobs.” Both are off to fast starts as flyweight amateurs with intentions of turning pro within the next year or two.

I can’t imagine a trainer with a bigger heart than Terri Moss. She came to boxing the hard way, as a 35 year old novice, taking hard knocks and some losses at the outset, but eventually becoming the WIBA World Strawweight champion in 2007 at the tender age of 41. She understands how tough this sport is to commit to and how much work and courage it takes to progress at it. As she put it, “The least likely to succeed would have been me.” For Terri, “That’s what boxing is made of. The everyday guy that wants to take a chance and be somebody when he could have been nobody. That’s the history of boxing.”

Terri’s had significant success as a promoter as well. Her “Corporate Fight Night” charity boxing series in Atlanta which she originated in October of 2010, just passed its 9th iteration in February and she’s aiming at November for the even 10th in support of the Georgia Center for Child Advocacy. It’s an ingenious idea—allowing people with regular jobs who want to dabble in boxing do just that. The event has been so successful that USA Boxing is going to create a “masters level” tournament for novice enthusiasts next year.

There are now Corporate Fight Night style events all over the United States. Terri told me of a promoter in Charlotte who copied her site “word for word” in attempting to set up a similar event. Terri didn’t mind. She figures if “someone is copying you, you must be doing something right.” The shows Terri sets up have large budgets. Sometimes up to $65,000. The proceeds help support her gym as well as making significant contributions to such organizations as The Wounded Warrior Project and Children’s Health Care of Atlanta.

The success of the event does more than raise funds for her gym and charity, it also provides access for those who love boxing and want to try their hand at it. Anyone can join a soft-ball league or pick up a basketball and go to the park. Boxing isn’t quite as easy. “I do want the everyday person to not only be able to follow (boxing), but to be inside of it.” On the dreaming big side, Terri hopes to get Corporate Fight Night on television someday. Perhaps as a reality show competition series.

Terri also promoted a US vs. China event for female Olympic hopefuls in Atlanta in April that was covered by ESPN, CNN, and Nightline. She refers to it as a “fantastic experience.” The officials at USA Boxing were so taken with her gym that they hope to use her facility for future events. It was the first women’s international tournament in the United States in over 11 years.

Despite her late entry to the sport, her success within it as a competitor and now as a trainer and promoter is remarkable. Her Buckhead Fight Club in Atlanta is a 15,000 square foot facility with an Olympic size ring that has no trouble attracting fighters and even the occasional celebrity (I have it straight from Terri that Ludacris is a really nice guy). She even had a commercial for Haymon’s upcoming PBC on Bounce TV shot at her spot.

Even so, Terri still feels like she is only getting started. She is humble and grateful to boxing for the life it has given her. “This is such an extraordinary life. To do this for a living,” she told me. “I have so much more to do,” she continued. “I’m so not finished. I want to be a landmark in boxing.”

I think we can go ahead and start molding the clay now.

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COMMENTS

-Bernie Campbell :

Get this bleached blonde outta my face! She looks like the Woman that cleaned my bedpan the other night! Really Mr Woods, How many Women read and want to read a Boxing Blog! Out,! Get the Vaudeville Hook, Dont let the door slap you on the way out!


-Radam G :

Get this bleached blonde outta my face! She looks like the Woman that cleaned my bedpan the other night! Really Mr Woods, How many Women read and want to read a Boxing Blog! Out,! Get the Vaudeville Hook, Dont let the door slap you on the way out!
Hehehe! You are illin.' And your ignorance is not thrillin!' There are plenty of women reading "a boxing blog." GTFU, B-Camp! You are a bit behind the time. Holla


-sumopop :

Mr. Campbell is embarrassing. Not all that bright either. As if someone made him click on the link.--David


-Bernie Campbell :

Personally, I find it hard to believe that any woman worth her weight in salt follows combat sports! Its not in a woman's nature to be a physical predator, furthermore you dont ever hear about women stalking and raping a man, you dont ever hear a woman assaulting and robbing a citizen and very rarely do you hear about a woman being charged with domestic abuse and battery! Radam you really think you are so contemporary? You think women really immerse themselves in combat sports as a demographic? Not any woman I know! Its a road in proffesional sports that has a serious dead end! A waste of time and investment! I say to you wake up and smell the coffee, get off of your fantasy wagon cuz! Some things in life never change! Ive often said in other links in this publication is that female combat sports are meant for males with sexual problems! As for the knucklehead Mr. Phillips, You have to be a royal idiot to take the time to even write about this trash! You really must have alot of time to waste as an excersize in futility with writing and researching this tar barrell! Why is it that if you clowns are so democratic in who you allow in this "club". You dont have any female contributors. Bright enough David? "Like a Roman Candle Bro'!


-sumopop :

You are the best, Bernie. You don't care at all about this subject, but you would click on the link and write a book to prove how disinterested you are. I would like to think you'd catch up to the irony therein, but that would require an intelligence not heretofore seen. So no, not bright enough. Not nearly. But do go on if it be your will. Just remember, the forum is public and so right now is your ***.


-Bernie Campbell :

Please write a story on Why Sultan Ibragimov dissapeared off the face of the Earth after he fought Klitschko? Why was Guillermo Jones fight and money opportunities seriously curtailed after winning the Championship against Denis Lebedev? Go ahead David? Knock it off of my shoulder!


-Radam G :

Personally, I find it hard to believe that any woman worth her weight in salt follows combat sports! Its not in a woman's nature to be a physical predator, furthermore you dont ever hear about women stalking and raping a man, you dont ever hear a woman assaulting and robbing a citizen and very rarely do you hear about a woman being charged with domestic abuse and battery! Radam you really think you are so contemporary? You think women really immerse themselves in combat sports as a demographic? Not any woman I know! Its a road in proffesional sports that has a serious dead end! A waste of time and investment! I say to you wake up and smell the coffee, get off of your fantasy wagon cuz! Some things in life never change! Ive often said in other links in this publication is that female combat sports are meant for males with sexual problems! As for the knucklehead Mr. Phillips, You have to be a royal idiot to take the time to even write about this trash! You really must have alot of time to waste as an excersize in futility with writing and researching this tar barrell! Why is it that if you clowns are so democratic in who you allow in this "club". You dont have any female contributors. Bright enough David? "Like a Roman Candle Bro'!
Hehehe! You need to get out more, B-Camp. The fastest growing population of Yank prisoners are women who are vicious predators and stalkers. Have you ever heard of "Fatal Attraction." And even long, long ago back in the days of gramps and granny, you had Charles Manson's killa chicks. And back in college days of pops and moms, you had Patty Hearst straight-up gangsta chick shooting up syet to help her cohorts escape from the cops. Many dames, damsels and dolls have all the mean and kill instinct of knuckleheads. And they always have. Some of the mean-arse damsels of the Bible will put sin to shame. FYI, B-Camp, I have been stalked, beat up and raped by a couple of roughneck, ragging-for-a-d?ck chicks. I once escaped from a chick by jumping out of the restroom window and bytch running away seven miles. This pug -- you know her -- straight-up punk-bytched me. She wanted to whup my arse in a sparring session, and she said that after she got through with that she was going to f*** me. Once again, B-Camp, you are behind the times, maybe you need to goggle how nowadays chicks are raping d?cks. It is no longer out of the ordinary. My friend, you need to know before you blow. Holla!


-sumopop :

Bernie Campbell, still trying to prove how much he doesn't care and still not seeing the contradiction. He should be studied.


-Bernie Campbell :

Radam youre an ***? Where in Blue Blazes do you ever see a woman depicted in the Bible as violent? Never a warrior! Almost all the time portrayed as a handmaiden! Youre not gonna change human nature, and I also recommend you get off of the PEDs or crack or whatever your on! Women Rapists? Youre a fool! Sounds like youre physically self indulgent too much! Ive got an idea, Why dont you do us all a favor and retire from the blog for a month! I can see by your writings your under alot of stress! As for you David, a stint at Mad Magazine might be therapeutic. Itll help you change direction a little!


-Radam G :

Radam youre an ***? Where in Blue Blazes do you ever see a woman depicted in the Bible as violent? Never a warrior! Almost all the time portrayed as a handmaiden! Youre not gonna change human nature, and I also recommend you get off of the PEDs or crack or whatever your on! Women Rapists? Youre a fool! Sounds like youre physically self indulgent too much! Ive got an idea, Why dont you do us all a favor and retire from the blog for a month! I can see by your writings your under alot of stress! As for you David, a stint at Mad Magazine might be therapeutic. Itll help you change direction a little!
Who brought down Samson? Who got John the Baptist's head cut off. And tell me about Jezebel? And tell me how easy it was for Eve to convince Adam to bit that fruit and tear her arse up? Admit to it, B- Camp. Don't act like a vagabond tramp with a bad cramp. There were some kick-arse dames, damsels and dolls in the Bible and in history. These ladies had the men punkified menitch -- men bytches. I guess that you have never heard of "pu$$? whipped." B-Camp, my friend, don't be fast on the draw. I will metaphorically have you sucking a straw. I'm a chin checker and a bullsyet wrecker. Some of the greatest warriors in the Bible and in the history of the world were women. Many of them disguised themselves as men in order to not bruise the ego of knuckleheads. Holla at some serious research, my friend. You are beginning to look lain with it. Not even like a girlie man. Hehe! Holla!


-sumopop :

Bernie Campbell has gone well beyond parody and satire. you are hilarious. Never stop. Please.


-Radam G :

Bernie Campbell has gone well beyond parody and satire. you are hilarious. Never stop. Please.
Ditto DAT! Hehehe! B-Camp is a monster with hilariousness. He got me rolling. Holla!