Ross is a contender

STEVE BUFFERY, QMI AGENCY

, Last Updated: 10:28 AM ET

Brampton boxer Troy Ross is not getting older, he's getting better -- at crushing people.

Ross knocked out Dan Bispo of Brazil in one round last weekend at Casino Montreal and is one step closer to a world cruiserweight title fight. The 34-year-old fighter, who won last year's highly rated, made-for-TV tournament, The Contender, is tentatively scheduled to fight a title elimination bout in February or March and then meet the winner of the upcoming Steve Cunningham-Matt Godfrey clash for the vacant IBF world title.

The win against Bispo (21-11) improved the former Canadian Olympian's pro record to 23-1, with 16KOs.

"I was expecting to go at least five rounds against Bispo," Ross said. "But I caught him with a clean body shot. We're both southpaws and his body was wide open and I hit him right in the kidney."

Ross is 2-0 since winning The Contender last February, with both bouts taking place in Montreal, promoted by former national team coach Yvon Michel. In his 24 pro fights, Ross has only fought once in his home province, but he certainly is hoping that will change after he fights for the world title early next year.

Since winning the RV tournament, and collecting a six-figure pay cheque, Ross has become a household name in U.S. boxing circles, but has yet to capture the imagination of Ontario fight fans.

"Yeah. I feel a little ignored here," the laid-back Ross said. "I've been in the game so long, I'm used to fighting outside of Toronto. But I would love to fight here."

STEVE.BUFFERY@SUNMEDIA.CA


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