‘Sugar’ Shane Mosley is a fighter who in his prime was fantastic having won world titles at lightweight, welterweight and light-middleweight. Now aged 41, Mosley isn't the fighter he used to be and is at risk of ruining his legacy in the sport. He is now scheduled to face former world champion Anthony Mundine.
Mosley was an outstanding amateur with an official record of 230 wins and 12 losses. That is a remarkable record and one which really shows the level of boxer that we are talking about here.
With a record of 47 wins, eight losses and one draw as a professional he holds an impressive record but one that has taken a bit of a hit in recent years as he has continued to face the best out there despite his age.
Mosley has fought the likes of Oscar De Lay Hoya (twice), Winky Wright, Fernando Vargas (twice), Miguel Cotto, Antonio Margarito, Floyd Mayweather, Manny Pacquiao and Saul Alvarez. This is a truly great list of opponents and shows that Mosley has been in with the best time after time.
Mundine, a controversial character, holds a record of 44 wins and five losses and has been in with the likes of Sven Ottke, Mikkel Kessler and Daniel Geale. Aged 38, Mundine is also no longer a young man and is only interested in big fights at this stage of his career.
Standing at 5'11", Mundine will posses a two-and-a-half-inch height advantage over Mosley in their fight at 154 lbs and for me, it is a difficult fight to pick a winner. In their respective primes, there is no doubt for me that Mosley would have been the winner but, at this stage of their careers, it is more open. I would have to edge towards Mosley slightly, though, just because of his extra quality as a boxer.
Mosley did actually retire last June following his loss to rising star Alvarez. Despite this retirement, Mosley returned to the ring in May against Pablo Cesar Cano to gain a victory via unanimous decision in Mexico.
Personally, I would prefer not to see Mosley still boxing. He has lost his movement and famed hand-speed but still retains his power. I want to fondly remember Mosley as a boxer who won five world titles in three weight divisions. I don’t want to remember him as a man who carried on for too long.
Mosley can take a shot very well and for that reason carrying on is dangerous for him. He can still take the kind punishment that, as he gets older, he really should not be taking. I understand that it is difficult for sportsmen to retire and not participate in something that has been their life for years, but Mosley has got to be careful.
Many boxers have returned from retirement over the years after missing the buzz of performing in front of a big crowd and the day-to-day training in the gym. Few have returned with success, however, and many dent their records and legacy in a manner I fear Mosley could replicate if he carries on.
Mosley may well come through this fight with Mundine, which is expected to be held in Sydney. But, for me, it is a fight that I don’t really want to see take place. Yes, I will be tuned in and will watch the fight with interest to see how Mosley performs, but I will be sitting their wishing to see the ‘Sugar’ Shane Mosley of years gone past and that man sadly won’t be there.
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