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Shane Mosley

“Sugar” Shane Mosley (born September 7, 1971) is an American professional boxer from Pomona, California who has held world titles in three weight divisions.

Amateur careerMosley was an amateur standout, capturing various amateur titles, including:

1989 United States Amateur Champion at Lightweight 132 lb (60 kg)
1989 World Junior Championships Silver Medalist in San Juan (PUR) 132 lb (60 kg)
1990 United States Amateur Champion at Lightweight 132 lb (60 kg)
1990 Goodwill Games Bronze Medalist in Seattle (USA) 132 lb (60 kg)
1992 United States Amateur Champion at Light Welterweight 139 lb (63 kg) he also had an amateur record of 96–3
[edit] Professional career[edit] Undefeated lightweight championSugar Shane started his pro career in 1993, By 2000 he had fought 34 times amassing a 34–0 (32) record, beating undefeated Phillip Holiday to win the IBF lightweight title. He made 9 title defenses with all inside the distance, but never unified belts. Mosley relinquished his lightweight title to move up 2 divisions, facing Oscar De La Hoya for his welterweight title.

[edit] De La Hoya vs. Sugar Shane MosleyOn June 17, 2000, Mosley met De La Hoya in Los Angeles for the WBC welterweight title. After twelve rounds, Mosley emerged with a split decision victory. During the fight neither man was in danger of going down, but both had badly swollen faces at the end and De La Hoya was bleeding from the nose for several rounds. Mosley earned a minimum of $15 million, while De La Hoya was guaranteed $35 million. It was later that Mosley was accused of using illegal performance enhancing drugs prior to his 2003 bout with Oscar De La Hoya.[1]

[edit] Mosley vs. Vernon Forrest I & IIHe ran a successful string of defenses of his Welterweight titles but against three unheralded fighters. When he finally did step up his competition, it was against former Olympian Vernon Forrest. Early in the second round, the fighters clashed heads and both staggered backward as referee Steve Smoger called time. Mosley sustained a cut on the hairline. When action resumed, Forrest knocked Mosley down twice in the round. It was the first time Mosley had ever been down in a bout. The final scorecards read 115–110, 117–108, 118–108, in favor of Forrest.

They had a rematch six months later at Conseco Fieldhouse in Indiana, and Mosley once again lost by a unanimous decision.

[edit] Bouncing back after ForrestOn February 8, 2003, Mosley’s bout with former IBF light middleweight title holder Raúl Márquez ended in a no contest when Mosley accidentally head butted Marquez twice in round three, which caused two very bad cuts above the eyes of Marquez.

He and De La Hoya faced each other for the second time on September 13, this time with De La Hoya’s The Ring, WBC and WBA light middleweight belts on the line. Mosley defeated De La Hoya by a close 12 round unanimous decision, and joined the exclusive group of world boxing champions that have reigned in three or more divisions. Mosley testified in 2003 that he injected himself with the notorious doping agent EPO as he prepared for his light middleweight title fight against Oscar De La Hoya, according to grand jury transcripts and doping calendars.[2]

[edit] Mosley vs. Wright I & IIOn March 13, 2004, Mosley lost his The Ring, WBC & WBA light middleweight titles in a unification bout with IBF champion Winky Wright by a unanimous twelve-round decision.

On November 20, Mosley and Wright fought their rematch, and although it was scored much closer by the three judges (115–113 twice for Wright and a 114–114 tie), Mosley lost by a twelve-round majority decision.

[edit] Mosley vs. Vargas I & IIOn September 17, he beat another previously undefeated fighter, Jose Luis Cruz, by a ten-round decision.

Mosley then defeated Fernando Vargas on February 25, 2006 by TKO in the tenth round at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, due to a massive swelling which closed Fernando’s left eye. At the time of the stoppage, Mosley was winning on two scorecards 86–85, while Vargas held an 86–85 advantage on the other scorecard. A rematch was announced almost immediately.

Mosley defeated Fernando Vargas in the rematch on July 15, 2006. Mosley dominated Vargas from start to finish, eventually ending the fight via a sixth-round TKO.

Shane defeated Luis Collazo on February 11, 2007, with a unanimous decision after 12 rounds, knocking Collazo down once, to capture the WBC interim Welterweight title.

[edit] Fight with Miguel CottoMosley and undefeated WBA welterweight Champion Miguel Cotto met on Nov. 10, 2007, at Madison Square Garden in a fight broadcasted on HBO Pay-Per-View. Cotto beat Mosley in a close fight. Soon after that match, Mosley was scheduled to face Zab Judah in a Welterweight bout in Las Vegas, Nevada on May 31. Due to an arm injury suffered by Judah, the fight was cancelled.

[edit] Mosley vs. MayorgaMosley–Mayorga was originally scheduled for Oct. 11 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer and Mosley’s wife and advisor, Jin Mosley, told ESPN.com.

On July 18, 2008, it was reported on ESPN.com’s quick hits that The fight between Mayorga and Mosley was moved to the Home Depot Center in Carson, California and set for September 27 because of the Pavlik-Hopkins fight agreement for October 18 on HBO PPV. And the good news for fight fans was that the Mayorga-Mosley bout was not to be on HBO PPV, instead it was shown on HBO at no cost.

Shane Mosley stopped Ricardo Mayorga with one second left in the 12th round of their junior middleweight bout, Mosley led by one point on judge Nelson Vasquez’s scorecard and five on Tony Crebs’ entering the 12th round. Mayorga had a one point lead on judge Pat Russell’s card. The Associated Press had “Sugar” Shane Mosley ahead by three points entering the 12th.

[edit] Mosley vs. MargaritoPrior to one of the biggest fights of his career, Mosley began training with Naazim Richardson. Mosley regained the WBA Welterweight “Super” championship from Antonio Margarito on January 24, 2009 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Mosley, now 37 years old, came in to the fight as a 4–1 underdog with the bookies[3] after Margarito had spectacularly stopped Cotto 6 months earlier. Prior to the bout nobody gave Mosley a chance of prevailing- everybody believing that Margarito was too strong and that Mosley was too old. The conventional wisdom was that this was a mismatch, which would end in a brutal retirement-forcing stoppage for Sugar Shane. A comparison of their last fights- the aforementioned destruction of Cotto by Margarito and a last-gasp knockout by Mosley in a hard twelve round struggle against Mayorga- did not bode well for Sugar Shane. Some predicted a massacre. And it was – only it was Margarito that was ruthlessly clubbed about the ring, unable to land any meaningful shots.

Mosley eventually TKO’d Margarito in the ninth round, after appearing to win every round up until then, in a massive upset. Sugar Shane utterly dominated Margarito, using his superior hand speed, pinpoint accuracy, consistent body punching, countless huge right hands to the jaw, and tying up whenever Margarito backed him into the ropes, to wear Margarito down and stop him—something that many seasoned boxing observers thought was nigh-on impossible. After knocking him down with a series of heavy overhand rights at the end of the eighth round, Margarito was unable to avoid punches during a heavy barrage from Mosley early on in the ninth, forcing the referee to step in as Margarito slumped to the canvas a second time. Margarito had never previously been stopped. It was a sensational win for Sugar Shane and propelled him back to the top of the tree in the welterweight division.

The fight was marred in a controversy after Mosley’s trainer diligently spotted an illegal plaster accessory being added to Margarito’s hand wraps, which had to be redone three times before the commission’s officials were satisfied.[4]

The fight was for Margarito’s WBA title and the vacant Lineal Welterweight championships of Lineal Champs and Cyber Boxing Zone (CBZ).[5][6] The Ring did not recognize this bout for its vacant Welterweight championship despite the fact, it pitted The Ring #1 ranked welterweight, Antonio Margarito vs. The Ring #3 ranked welterweight, Shane Mosley. Coming in the bout, Margarito had just TKO’d, the previous The Ring #1 ranked welterweight and current The Ring #2 ranked welterweight, Miguel Cotto.[7] After the fight, Mosley would be The Ring #1 ranked Welterweight and seen by experts and fans alike, the true champion of the division.

[edit] Mosley vs. MayweatherMain article: Floyd Mayweather vs. Shane Mosley
On May 1, 2010, Mosley fought undefeated Floyd Mayweather. Boxing purists had called for the fight for over ten years. On the night Mosley stunned Mayweather with two right-hand shots in the second round. Mayweather recovered well and dominated the remainder of the fight with superior reflexes, eventually winning a wide decision on the scorecards to hand Mosley the sixth defeat of his professional career.

On May 22, 2010, Shane Mosley was stripped of his WBA “Super” welterweight title, which in turn made WBA champion Vyacheslav Senchenko the sole WBA titlist in the welterweight division.

[edit] Mora vs. Mosley
Mosley at the Club Nokia in September 2010Main article: Shane Mosley vs. Sergio Mora
Mosley fought Sergio Mora on September 18 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.[8][9] The bout ended up in a split draw. Scores (Mora 115–113, Mosley 116–112, 114–114).[10] On whether he would like to have a rematch with Mora or whether he will move on and put it behind him:

“Actually, there’s no need for a rematch. It was a fight. I took it. It wasn’t crowd pleasing and I don’t want to be in a fight like that again. That’s the type of fight that I don’t want to be in. There are a lot of great fights out there. There’s Cotto. You know all these mover type of guys, I’m not sure whether I should stay away from them if I could. You know the guys who like to move around a lot and try to outbox you, and it’s good to box but I want to be in a fight where I’m in a real fight, like the Miguel Cottos, the Pacquiaos, and the Margaritos. Sergio Martinez, he’s a mover. He likes to box so it could be an ugly fight. He’s a real mover and he’s a big mover. So these moving types of fighters, I don’t know that that’s well suited for me. I don’t like to put that on the fans with those types of fights. So we’ll see what happens.”[citation needed]

[edit] Mosley vs. PacquiaoMain article: Manny Pacquiao vs. Shane Mosley
On May 7, 2011, Mosley lost the fight to Manny Pacquiao for the WBO welterweight title at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Due to Mosley’s defeat, Pacquiao looked at a November 12th, 2011 match-up, a third fight with Juan Manuel Marquez which he won.[11]

[edit] Alvarez vs. MosleyMosley agreed to terms for a return to the MGM on May 5 against WBC 154-pound beltholder Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, a man 19 years younger than he is.

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Posted February 24, 2012 by pennylibertygbow in Boxing Champs

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