Ready to Serb

Tay­lor Ross to rep­re­sent Canada at Golden Gloves in Ser­bia

Cape Breton Post - - FRONT PAGE - BY T.J. COLELLO sports@cb­post.com On Twit­ter: @cb­post_s­ports

Boxer Tay­lor Ross com­pet­ing at Golden Gloves tour­na­ment in Ser­bia.

Tay­lor Ross’ box­ing world tour con­tin­ues next week, this time in Ser­bia.

The Whit­ney Pier pugilist is set to rep­re­sent Canada in the youth fe­male 75 kg di­vi­sion at the Golden Gloves of Vo­jvo­d­ina in­ter­na­tional tour­na­ment from Wed­nes­day un­til July 12. She leaves on Sun­day.

This is the sec­ond ma­jor in­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tion for the 17-year-old. In May, her trav­els took her to Taipei, Tai­wan, for the 2015 AIBA Ju­nior/Youth Women’s World Box­ing Cham­pi­onships.

Although she lost to Amer­i­can Ie­sha Ken­ney in the open­ing draw, Ross said the event was a pos­i­tive ex­pe­ri­ence.

“I got to see the world-class fight­ers and what I’m up against,” she said Thurs­day at the Syd­ney Box­ing Club. “Up to that point, I never re­ally saw that and never knew the kind of girls out there. It pre­pared me more for this one and it helped me re­al­ized more of what I have to do to fight with these girls.

“They’re all re­ally strong and fast and over­all good fight­ers.”

Ross has just re­turned from a na­tional team train­ing camp in Ot­tawa and said she has had more time to pre­pare than her last trip to Tai­wan. She didn’t find out un­til she was head­ing to Taipei un­til about a week be­fore the event.

The 2012 Ring­side World Cham­pi­onships win­ner said “it feels pretty sur­real” to get to travel the world and com­pete.

“I’m re­ally look­ing for­ward to the trip be­cause I don’t know much about Ser­bia and I don’t know ex­actly what the coun­try is like, so I’m ex­cited to see some­thing new.”

The sum­mer of com­pe­ti­tion con­tin­ues next month for Ross. She’ll head to Morocco with the na­tional team. Her main goal is reach­ing the 2020 Olympic Sum­mer Games in Tokyo, Ja­pan.

T.J. COLELLO/CAPE BRE­TON POST

Whit­ney Pier boxer Tay­lor Ross is off on her next box­ing ad­ven­ture with the na­tional team. She’ll com­pete at the Golden Gloves of Vo­jvo­d­ina in­ter­na­tional tour­na­ment in Ser­bia, July 8-12.

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