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Shane Mosley retires from boxing

Shane Mosley retires from boxing

‘Sugar’ Shane Mosley has finally hung up his gloves, just one day short of a month since he lost to Saul Alvarez on points in what was a shot at the WBC light-middleweight title.

Mosley last shocked the world when he stopped Antonio Margarito in 2009 to capture the WBA crown, a fight that initiated a major scandal when Margarito was caught with a plaster like substance in his gloves. But unfortunately for Mosley, this was the last surprise he had up his sleeve as he ran into Mayweather Jr in his first defence and lost the title on a clear points decision. A draw with Sergio Mora followed by two successive defeats to Manny Pacquiao and Alvarez convinced the former three weight champion that there is no better time than the present to bow out of the sport.

Mosley first became champion in the lightweight division when he beat Philip Holiday by a unanimous decision to win the IBF lightweight title. He went on to make eight defences before heading up to welterweight to give Oscar De La Hoya only his second but very first clear defeat and grab the WBC title. Three defences were followed by a shock points loss to Vernon Forrest in 2002. It seemed that the saying “styles make fights” rung true between these two as Mosley lost yet again in a rematch six months later. After a controversial victory over De La Hoya again in 2003 to win the WBC, WBA and IBA light-middleweight titles, Mosley ran into the technically savvy Ronald ‘Winky’ Wright twice in 2004 and lost both contests.

Shane Mosley’s career appeared to be at a cross roads at this point but two impressive wins over Fernando Vargas and a points win over Luis Collazo granted him a chance at the WBA welterweight crown held by Miguel Cotto. Although Mosley lost on points, he showed that he still had some gas left in his tank to still compete with the then current reigning elite champions.

But Mosley looked less than impressive in his next fight against the obnoxious Ricardo Mayorga, and came back from what looked like certain defeat to knockout Mayorga in the last round to go on and face the fearsome Margarito.

It is somewhat a mystery why Shane Mosley never became a huge Pay Per View hit. He had blistering speed, one punch knockout power and a fan friendly style that bought in the masses on his best nights, but perhaps unfortunate timing played it’s part when such “American Darlings” were around like Oscar De La Hoya.

Mosley was a true ambassador for American boxing, always willing to be respectful toward his opponents both outside and in the ring, going so far as to touch gloves and hug his foes when the rules did not require him to do so. This rubbed some people the wrong way. These people wished that Mosley had just a little more killer instinct, but the one thing that Shane never did was let his emotions get in the way of what he mainly had to do when the first bell rang.

Shane Mosley was willing to face anybody at any time, and even though he could be outboxed he always gave his opponents something to think about for every second, and I am sure that Saul Alvarez walked away last month with a fair amount of new experience under his belt.

I wish him a happy retirement!


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