Thursday, 1 August 2013

Former fighter Loren Ross shot and Killed in Nashville


Loren Ross was shot and killed outside a Nashville bar early Wednesday morning, and police are investigating whether robbery was the motive. Metro Police said the 48-year-old Former heavyweight and cruiserweight contender left the Last Time Around bar on Brick Church Pike just before 1 a.m. As he was walking to his vehicle across the street, witnesses said they heard arguing followed by gunshots. One witness said it appeared someone was trying to rob Ross, and he fought back. He was shot multiple times, and found deceased near his car.  35-year-old Tyrus Evans, was struck in the wrist by shrapnel as he was assisting someone with car trouble nearby. He drove himself to Vanderbilt University Medical Center where he was treated for minor injuries. Police said the gunman was described as a black man, approximately 5'9" tall with a thin build.  He was wearing a tan button up shirt, which was unbuttoned, a white T-shirt underneath, blue or blue jean shorts and a white hat.  Ross had 24 prior arrests in Nashville, including multiple drug offenses and at least one weapons charge. Narcotics were found next to him and inside his vehicle, according to Metro Police Captain Kenneth Walburn. Loren "The Boss" Ross won the 1984, 1985, and 1986 United States Amateur Light Heavyweight Championships. He was hospitalized after a fight in 1991, and had to give up boxing due to a heart condition. As a pro he fought both as a cruiser and heavy and won the WBA North Americas Cruiserweight title by stopping Art Weathers in 1990 and as a 16 / 0 prospect he was stopped by Tony Willis late in a fight he was winning by a mile in Las Vegas. Loren only lost once more in his final pro fight against Bert Cooper when stopped by TKO 8 in 1991. Ross was a quality boxer who retired with 17 wins and just 2 losses with 12 Ko's .  A very well liked and accomplished amateur Loren will be remembered as a friend to many world class fighters in the mid eighties and nineties, it's a very sore loss for boxing...