Ross peaks - ready for Pinca

8 Jul 2010

"It's been great. I am feeling real good. As a Muaythai fighter I am at my peak right now."

WBC International Lightweight Champion Kevin Ross was speaking the day before returning to the USA after spending several weeks of intensive training in Bangkok that saw him defeat a Cambodian challenger in Phnom Penh, and be selected to take part in a major tournament that featured the Thai legend Saenchai.

After winning the first fight in this prestigious tournament against his French opponent Ross was outfoxed by Iranian Masoob and, consequently, denied a final showdown with Saenchai who's regarded as the ultimate pound-for-pound stand-up king of the ring.

"I thought I had Masoob in the first two rounds but in the third round he was able to catch two of my leg kicks and swept me onto the canvass. I lost on points and lost the opportunity to meet Saenchai in the ring."

"Yeah, I'm disappointed," said Ross. "Saenchai is the best fighter of a generation and it would have been a great honour to share the same ring with him in a championship contest in Thailand."

Saenchi won the tournament with three zip KO's.

Ross, the WBC International champion, now has his focus on challenging the French WBC MUAYTHAI Champion Fabio Pinca for the lightweight world title.

Ranked #9 in the WBC world rankings Ross said he would welcome the opportunity to challenge Pinca for the famous green and gold world title belt. "Anywhere, anytime. I am ready for it."

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