Last night, Ross
scored a fourth-round technical knockout over Hino Ehikhamenor to win the television show, The Contender.
February 26, 2009 10:04 AM - Mississauga boxer Troy Ross is no longer The Contender.
the champion of the American cable TV reality series.
threw 158 punches last night, but it took only three of them to validate a lifetime of boxing.
With two overhand lefts and a right hook to the temple, Ross
scored a fourth-round technical knockout over Hino Ehikhamenor.
The win earned him the championship of the cable TV reality series The Contender and is the biggest achievement in a career so far defined by cancelled fights and unfulfilled promise.
Ross trains out of Dewith's
Boxing Studio in Mississauga
The 16-man, made-for-TV tournament began in Singapore in September and culminated last night at the Foxwoods Casino in Connecticut, with Ross and Ehikhamenor (15-4, 7 KO) meeting in the title bout that was broadcast live in the U.S.
It was unavailable in Canada.
Both men traded heavy shots to the body and head until the three-punch sequence from Ross drove Ehikhamenor to the ropes.
As Ross continued to pour punches on him, Ehikhamenor turned away, prompting referee Steve Smoger to stop the fight.
"Tonight was just one of those nights," said Ross
"I felt myself getting stronger every single round."
The bout was Ross's biggest pro payday - though the figure is still undisclosed - and his
third knockout win in four fights.
In the past, the winner has taken home between $500,000 and $1 million (U.S.).
It boosted both his
record (21-1, 15 KO) and his
entered last night's fight as the 12th-rated cruiserweight in the world, according to the online boxing database boxrec.com.
With the show's producers agreeing to promote him for the next 12 months, Ross
hopes the victory sets him up for a world title fight later this year.
has faced similar opportunities in the past, but each time he
seemed on the verge of broader success he
instead allowed his
career to stagnate.
moved to Canada from Guyana with his
family in 1982.
Dewith Frazer, who's trained Ross
was a scrawny 13-year-old, told The News last week that that his
fighter was going to win.
is the favourite to win the title.
The Contender isn't Ross'
first foray into show business.
portrayed light heavyweight John Henry Lewis in the 2005 movie, Cinderella Man, starring Russell Crowe and Renee Zellweger.
Aside from being a fierce competitor in the ring, Ross
also designs his
own fashion line, Rosswear.
He's also spokesperson for Youth Assisting Youth, an organization catering to single parents and abused children, and regularly talks to children about his life growing up and his career as a boxer.
reached the quarter-finals of the 1996 Atlanta Games in the 178-pound class, but bowed out in the first round four years later in Sydney.
"I'm doing this (show) for everyone who believes in Troy Ross
told The News before his