Philippines, 21 Aug 2018
  Home >> News >> List of Articles >> Socrates Celestial

 
Search Boxer:
First Name
Last Name


BOXERS                         

CURRENT CHAMPIONS 

FORMER CHAMPIONS   

RATINGS                       

FIGHT SCHEDULES        

FIGHT RESULTS            

NEWS                            

HOUSE NEWS                

FORUM                          

FIGHT GALLERIES        

TRAINERS                     

MANAGERS                    

PROMOTERS                  

BOXING GYMS               

RING CARD GIRLS        




 



Dong Secuya
Web Editor

Rene Bonsubre, Jr.
Contributing Editor

Homer D. Sayson
NBA Section Editor




Ronnie Nathanielsz

Rich Mazon

Eddie Alinea

Epifanio M. Almeda

Anthony Andales

Jason Aniel

Hesiquio Balderas

Sid Bañez

Brett Bonetti

Marlon Bernardino

Winchell Campos

Socrates Celestial

T. Chin-Te

Carlos Costa

Christopher Cruz

Rob Cruz

Jonathan Davis

Dr. Ed de la Vega

Lito delos Reyes

Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro

Edwin G. Espejo

Dennis U. Eroa

Ron Galarpe

Joaquin Henson

Oliver Iglesias

Dionis Jacobe

Ted Lerner

Salven Lagumbay

Reylan Loberternos

Mike Angel Lopez

Salvador Lopez

Joan Secuya-Medida

Ryan Medida

Rico Navarro

Rod Mijares

Manny Pacquiao

Gerry Peñalosa

Greg R. Penilla, M.D.

Gov. Manny Piñol

Dr. Allan Recto

Hermie Rivera

Emmanuel T. Rivera

Virgi T. Romano

Nicholai R. Roska

Maloney L. Samaco

Sev Sarmenta

Reynaldo Seno

Myron Sta. Ana

Atty. Danrex Joseph V. Tapdasan

Recah Trinidad

Reni M. Valenzuela

Mark F. Villanueva




 
List of Articles by Socrates Celestial



‘The Contender’ Champ, “The Boss” supports “Pacman”

By Socrates Celestial
PhilBoxing.com
11 Nov 2010



In a recent exclusive interview , Philboxing’s Canadian correspondent Socrates Celestial caught up with the IBF’s number one ranked Cruiserweight (175lb-200lb) Troy “The Boss” Ross(24-2 and 16 KO’s). He spoke openly inside the Bramalea Boxing club, a place he calls home that is enriched with the sport he endorses. Ross was a celebrated amateur boxer before turning professional which led him to train south of the border in the United States for a part of his career.

He represented Canada in the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, was a Silver medalist at the 1998 Commonwealth games, a Bronze finalist in the 1999 Pan American games and an Olympic fighter in the 2000 Sidney games. He has had an illustrious resume as an amateur even before making his professional debut. “The Boss” and I spent several hours together where we did a light workout, talked about his career and his analysis of the upcoming blockbuster fight between Manny Pacquiao and Antonio Margarito to be held this weekend, November 13th, 2010.

Socrates Celestial: From the 2000 Olympics in Australia you went proffesional, is that correct?

Troy Ross: That’s right, after the 2000 Olympics I had made a decision that if I win a medal, don’t win a medal I’m going to turn pro because it’s another stage of my life and I wanted to see what the other side had to offer.

SC: How many fights did you accumulate before you went into your first retirement?

TR: (laughing) I would hate to say retirement because I have read people say that I’ve retired for a period of time, but during that time I just couldn’t get any fights. Until 2004 I had about 10 fights and kept training but I couldn’t get fights. I had either fights pending or promoters promising me fights, but then a fighter would withdraw or the entire event would be canceled.

SC: So to clarify this was not a retirement, but a hiatus. Is there anything notable you did during this period of time?

TR: I had an opportunity to be in a movie with Russell Crowe. I played John Henry Lewis in the movie ‘Cinderella Man’ (2005). I also played a young Samuel Jackson in the movie ‘Resurrecting the Champ’ (2007) and I played in another movie called ‘Phantom Punch’ (2008) with Ving Rhames. Every time I had a break from boxing, I had to find ways to put food on the table so it came down to acting and personally training.

SC: After completing all the movies, there was a television show you took part in. That would be the fourth season of ‘The Contender ‘(2008). How was that whole experience?

TR: The experience with the Contender? It was amazing because that actually helped me to resurrect my career as a boxer. Going into that tournament I thought the only way I can help resurrect my career is by winning the entire tournament. That’s exactly what I set out to do and that’s what I did. It gave me so much exposure all around the world and helped my boxing career and now I’m a well known name in the division.

SC: Currently, is there anyone you would like to fight right now, living or dead?

TR: The only person I really want is Steve Cunningham because I felt the fight was ended unjustly and the real champion is the person that’s talking to you right now, and it’s me. That’s a fight that I really want, but right now I’m ready to go after any title. The WBC, WBA, WBO it doesn’t really matter to me. I want to make sure I have a world title within a year. Definitely I want to fight Cunningham, but I know Cunningham doesn’t want to fight me.

SC: What is your prediction for the Pacquiao/Margarito fight coming this Saturday?

TR: I love Pacquiao, I love the way he fights, and he’s a south-paw like me. I have to support the South-Paw fighter. I’ve studied Pacquiao and I like the way he fights. There’s no way he’s going to lose to Margarito. I don’t believe that Margarito deserves that chance to fight him considering what he’s done to the sport with the Paris of Plaster on his hands. I don’t believe that’s fair for him to get the biggest shot, the biggest pay day of his career. I believe Pacquiao will win the fight hands down.

SC: How do you see this fight going?

TR: Pacquiao is a fighter that can stop an opponent or go the distance. I would like to see him outbox Margarito and put a lot of pain on him because of what he’s done. Pacquiao has a beautiful style. He’s unorthodox and has some serious punching speed.

SC: On the topic of Filipino fighters, there are several that come to the Toronto area to fight. What would you recommend for them coming from a hot climate to a cold one and also factoring in the time and altitude differences? Do you have any advice?

TR: Anyone coming from the Philippines to anywhere in this country (Canada) will need time for their body to acclimatize to the various conditions. A week would not be enough, because of the time difference. You would want to come at least two or three weeks to properly acclimatize to the constantly changing weather in Canada. Their bodies have to adjust to the time difference, the weather conditions depending on the season they’re fighting in, cutting weight in a different environment and the fact that they’ll be fighting at night too. A simple way to look at it is to factor a day for every hour difference. So in respect to the Philippines being twelve to thirteen hours different by a time zone, that’s realistically twelve to thirteen days. And that’s at a minimum. It’s hard for boxers because you don’t always have the luxury to decide when it’s time to go when everything is pre-arranged by flights and schedules.

SC: Besides your brilliant boxing career, you’re also a fashion designer. Where can someone find your clothing line? What if someone wanted to find out more about you, where could they get this information?

TR: The website you can to go and follow up on my career and see the next thing that I’m doing would be www.TroyRoss.ca. You can also go there to see my clothing line. My clothing line consists of boxing attire such as boxing shorts, boxing tops and assorted T-shirts.

* * *


Troy Ross (R) in action.

His passion for the sport, humble persona and determination to remain at the top make Ross a great champion and currently Canada’s biggest boxer. With a strong record and only two losses, one recently of major controversy, Ross remains focused and the rankings only further prove his prowess. His study of the game, movie roles supporting boxing and love of great fighters like Pacquiao show the totality of his kinship with this incredible sport. Ross’ next fight will be early in 2011 and Philboxing will be there to support the efforts of the number one ranked IBF Cruiserweight.

* * *

Socrates Celestial is a Canadian correspondent for Philboxing and hails from Brampton, Ontario, Canada. He is a Nationally Certified Boxing Coach and can be reached at coach.socrates@gmail.com


Back to Socrates Celestial's Articles Listing



Recent PhilBoxing.com In-House articles:

  • PACQUIAO-KHAN FIGHT IS MASSIVE
    By Eddie Alinea, 21 Aug 2018
  • Russia’s Umar Salamov to Face Germany’s Denis Liebau in Explosive Light Heavyweight Clash on September 5 in Grozny
    By , 21 Aug 2018
  • CANELO VS. GGG 2 UNDERCARD TO BE STACKED WITH WORLD CHAMPIONS AND RETURNING CONTENDERS
    By , 21 Aug 2018
  • PABLO 'EL DEMOLEDOR' CESAR CANO TO FACE RUSLAN MADIEV IN BATTLE BETWEEN MEXICO VS. KAZAKHSTAN
    By , 21 Aug 2018
  • TOP PROSPECT DEVIN HANEY TO FACE FORMER WORLD TITLE CHALLENGER JUAN CARLOS BURGOS
    By , 21 Aug 2018
  • Middleweight Connor Coyle has voluntarily relinquished his NBA Intercontinental Middleweight Title & William Silva has voluntarily relinquished his NBA Lightweight World Title
    By , 21 Aug 2018
  • Don’t Blink: Top Rank Signs Bantamweight Contender Joshua Greer Jr.
    By , 21 Aug 2018
  • CAVITE EXECUTIVE CHESS CLUB TO HOLD RAPID CHESS ON AUGUST 31
    By Marlon Bernardino, 21 Aug 2018
  • USA Boxing Alumni Association Profile: Dr. Wilbert "Skeeter" McClure
    By , 21 Aug 2018
  • ANDREW MOLONEY READY FOR CONCEPCION. WANTS YAFAI
    By , 20 Aug 2018
  • China favored to dominate 18th Asiad anew
    By Eddie Alinea, 20 Aug 2018
  • FILIPINO IM GARCIA BEATS INDON GM MEGARANTO TO LEAD KL CHESS KIDS TEAM ALPHA TO THE CHAMPIONSHIPS TROPHY
    By Marlon Bernardino, 20 Aug 2018
  • Quickness, outside shooting PH’s weapon vs China
    By Eddie Alinea, 20 Aug 2018
  • KHAN SAYS HE CAN FILL A UK STADIUM IF HE FIGHTS PACQUIAO
    By Maloney L. Samaco, 20 Aug 2018
  • A lot at stake for Ancajas
    By Joaquin Henson, 19 Aug 2018
  • MIKEY GARCIA WANTS SPENCE MORE THAN PACQUIAO
    By Maloney L. Samaco, 19 Aug 2018
  • Great night for Fresh Productions Boxing
    By , 19 Aug 2018
  • T.J. Dillashaw Serious About Gervonta Davis Fight, I'd Love To Beat His Ass!
    By , 19 Aug 2018
  • JENNINGS CLIMBS OFF THE DECK TO STOP DIMITRENKO IN 9
    By , 19 Aug 2018
  • Araneta Blasts Out Tomogdan Cold to Capture the WBC Asia Belt Saturday in Cebu, Philippines (Photos)
    By Carlos Costa, 19 Aug 2018





  •  




     
    PhilBoxing.com has been created to support every aspiring
    Filipino boxer and the Philippine boxing scene in general.
    Please send comments to feedback@philboxing.com


    PRIVATE POLICY | LEGAL DISCLAIMER
    developed and maintained by dong secuya
    © 2018 philboxing.com.