Troy Ross and “Hino” Ehikhamenor in “Contender” Final!
By Ken Hissner, DoghouseBoxing (Feb 20, 2009)  
Guyanan Troy Ross 20-1 (14) now out of Toronto earned a spot in “The Contender” final defeating Akinyemi Laleye 12-2 (6) of Lagos, Nigeria only to meet another Nigerian in Ehinomen “Hino” Ehikhamenor 15-3 (7) of Benin, Nigeria now out of Queens who defeated Rico Hoye 22-3 (15) of Detroit in the other semi-final! Next Wednesday, February 25th at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut will host the final which will be fought over 10 rounds.

The southpaw Ross may be the odds on favorite while currently on an 8 fight win streak. He stopped Samoan Lawrence Tauasa 30-6-1 (17) of Australia, Felix Cora, Jr. 19-3-2 (9) of Galveston and shut out Laleye 50-45 on all the judge’s scorecards over 5 rounds. Ross simply outworked Laleye with combinations. Laleye was never in the fight.

In the other bout Hoye, unlike Ross never got his jab working. Ehikhamenor showed no respect for the much more experienced Hoye who had moved up from light heavyweight for this tournament. He simply outworked Hoye who may have won a round or two but lost on the judge’s scorecards 50-45, 49-46 and 48-47. Ehikhamenor defeated Darnell “Ding-A-Ling” Wilson 23-8-3 (20) from Takoma Park, Maryland and Deon Elam 10-1 (5) of Van Nuys, California by decision.

The 33 year old Ross and the 28 year old Ehikhamenor will be an ideal match-up as the on rushing Nigerian will be eating a jab followed by uppercuts inside. Will his youth and perseverance overtake Ross? With only one 10 and one 12 round bout beyond 6 rounds the Nigerian who lost both of those fights with the last to Herbie Hide in May of 2008 will always be the aggressor.

Ross who won the Commonwealth title in March of 2007 has never gone past 8 rounds and his last lost in March of 2005 was to Willie Herring by an 8 round split decision. Ross moved to Canada after that bout. Neither fighter has ever been stopped. All of Ehikhamenor’s 3 losses have come to fellow Africans in Hide (Nigeria), Daniel Sackey (Ghana) and southpaw Patrick Nwamu (Nigeria).

PREDICTION: Ross by decision.

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