Former amateur boxing champ Ross killed outside bar
NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -
A man who won big in the boxing ring died early Wednesday morning outside a local bar.
Police continue to search for the gunman who killed Loren "The Boss" Ross.
Word of his death came as a shock to many in the boxing community.
At one time, Ross was one of the best in the boxing world, but more recently he was showing others how to become a champ.
Bernard Robinson, owner of Pound for Pound, knows what it takes to win inside the ring. He said recently he's watched Ross coach future boxers during a Golden Gloves tournament.
"He was back, and they were asking him questions," said Robinson. "The little kids, the little guys and he was going through the motions with him."
That's why Robinson said it's hard to believe Ross is gone.
"It's very shocking to hear about what happened," said Robinson. "The boxing community, they're kind of up and down on this situation. I don't know how many calls I had this morning."
Police said Ross was shot several times just after midnight outside of a north Nashville bar.
Witnesses told police Ross was robbed just before they heard gunshots.
"It's so sad; the guy had so much talent and so much he could give to other people," said Robinson. "So much he could give, and then have it all taken away."
Ross' moves in the ring earned him a number of titles, including three amateur light heavyweight championships. He won the United States Amateur Light Heavyweight championship in 1984, 1985 and 1986, which was also accomplished by Muhammad Ali and Leon Spinks, both heavyweight champions.
Ross's last fight as a professional was a loss to Bert Cooper in 1991.
Outside the ring, Ross had a much more troubled past. He had several run-ins with the law, including drug and assault charges.
But at the gym, many said they didn't know of Ross' past. Instead, the focus was on coaching the next generation of boxers.
Another man, Tyrus Evans, 35, received a wound to his wrist as he was assisting someone with car trouble nearby. He was treated at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
Police described the gunman as a black man, about 5'9" 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.
If you have information about this crime, call Crime Stoppers at 74-CRIME (742-7463).
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