Ross takes aim at cruiser title

September, 11, 2012
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It's a huge fight weekend in Las Vegas with the dueling Sergio Martinez-Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and Saul "Canelo" Alvarez-Josesito Lopez cards on Saturday night, but there's also a pretty significant fight in Germany.

In that one, cruiserweight titlist Yoan Pablo Hernandez (26-1, 13 KOs) will make his second defense, against Toronto's Troy Ross, a two-time Canadian Olympian and a former winner of "The Contender" reality series, in Bamberg, Germany.

Hernandez, a Cuban defector living in Germany, controversially dethroned Steve Cunningham in October 2011 and outslugged him in the February rematch. He won't get a break against Ross (25-2, 16 KOs), a deserving contender who has won two fights in a row since he was stopped in the fifth round because of a terrible cut while challenging Cunningham in June 2010. Ross complained bitterly about the questionable stoppage, especially after he had dropped Cunningham in the fourth round and seemed to be in control.

Ross is quite confident that he will handle Hernandez.

"I am back to my best and as good as ever," Ross said.

At 37, Ross probably needs to win this fight. A third title shot, especially at his age, seems unlikely. But Ross said he doesn't give it a thought.

"I am fully concentrated on myself and don't pay attention to anything else," he said. "I am in really good shape and, therefore, I don't fear anyone. I have matured since my last title bout and gained more experience. That will show on [Saturday].

"I just know that I will have to box smart. His strengths are his speed and power. I will have to be careful with that. His weaknesses will show once he is inside the ring with me. As a person, I am always very positive. I know that I will beat Hernandez. I will rip his title from him, which rightfully belongs to me anyways."

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