Sugar Shane Mosley- A Career Retrospective

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DeMarkus Jones- The sun set on the illustrious, almost 25 year career of Shane Mosley. Here I provide a look back at the boxing life of the Sugarman; a man who experienced it all. Supreme victory, unexpected defeat, a steroid scandal, attempted loaded gloves, and everything in between. Still, we must pay homage to, arguably, one of the best boxers of the last 20 years.

Shane Andre Mosley was a decorated amateur in the local California box scene as well as the national stage. He won many competitions, compiling a stellar record of 250 wins over against just 16 losses. Mosley was favored to go to the 1992 Olympics, however a loss to Vernon Forrest derailed those plans. Undeterred, Mosley turned pro. On February 11th 1993 the world witnessed the pro debut of the man who go on to rule the 135 lb. division like no one else had since Roberto Duran.

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Shane Mosley officially announces retirement

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Former lightweight and welterweight great “Sugar” Shane Mosley has officially retired from boxing. The 45 year old told ESPN of his decision, stating how he realised he had to “let it go as far as me trying to compete as a fighter any more.”

In truth, Mosley should probably have retired a few years back, say around 2011, after his heavy decision loss to Manny Pacquiao, or certainly in 2012, after his even heavier decision loss to Canelo Alvarez. The final five bouts of Mosley’s career were somewhat tough to watch, for those fans who remembered Mosley when he was at as dazzling prime, in 1997 to 2002, especially.

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Seven years ago today: Floyd Mayweather got hit harder than at any other time in his career

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It was a real jump from the couch moment in sports, and fight fans were almost certain a huge upset, even an unthinkable sight was mere seconds away. It was seven years ago today in Las Vegas when a 40-0(25) Floyd Mayweather Junior met a 46-5(39) “Sugar” Shane Mosley in defence of both his unbeaten record and his lofty pound-for-pound status.

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Once untouchable, “Sugar” Shane Mosley fights on, will face unbeaten Russian contender Magomed Kurbanov in May

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Roy Jones Junior is not the only once great boxing master refusing to call it quits. Former three-weight king “Sugar” Shane Mosley, a fighter cut from similar cloth to the great the Jones, has another fight scheduled at age 45. Last seen dropping a decision to David Avanesyan in May of last year, Mosley, 49-10-1(41) is scheduled to face 10-0 Russian prospect/contender Magomed Kurbanov in Ekaterinburg on May 5th.

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Surely the end for Sugar Shane Mosley; thanks for the great fights

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We surely saw the final ring appearance of the once great Sugar Shane Mosley last night. Beaten to the punch by the thankfully not too murderous-punching David Avanesyan in an interim WBA welterweight showdown, the 44-year-old looked nothing like the sizzling lightweight sensation he once was. Those people who said all along that Mosley should not come back were proven right; even if Mosley proved he still has heart and the stomach for a fight.

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Avanesyan defeats Shane Mosley

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#3 WBA “Sugar” Shane Mosley (49-10-1, 41 KOs) saw his dreams of a big fight wash away before his eyes tonight with him losing a 12 round unanimous decision to interim WBA welterweight champion David Avanesyan (22-1-1, 11 KOs) at the Gila River Arena in Glendale, Arizona. The fight was a competitive one from start to finish.

The telling factor in the contest was the two or three head-snapping shots the 27-year-old Avanesyan landed in each round. Mosley wasn’t landing with enough regularity to get the victory. The judges’ scores were 114-113, 117-110 and 117-110. The 117-110 scores seemed a tad bit wide to me.

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Shane Mosley-David Avanesyan live on BoxNation

Weigh-In results: David “Ava” Avanesyan (21-1-1, 11 KOs) 146.7lbs vs “Sugar” Shane Mosley (49-9-1, 41 KOs) 146lbs

The ring return of future Hall-of-Famer and boxing great ‘Sugar’ Shane Mosley will be exclusively live on BoxNation as he challenges interim WBA welterweight champion David Avanesyan this Saturday night. 44-year-old Mosley is coming off an impressive stoppage win over Venezuelan Patrick Lopez last December as he takes on the tough Russian Avanesyan, who has just a solitary defeat on his record after 23 fights.

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Thurman-Porter winner must face Avanesyan-Shane Mosley winner says WBA President Mendoza Jr.

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The WBA, as fans may know, says it is fully attempting to put together a series of fights and tournaments designed to crown just one world champion in each weight class. The WBA currently has a number of champions in a number of weight classes – at heavyweight, for example, Tyson Fury, Luis Ortiz and Ruslan Chagaev all hold a version of the WBA crown – and Gilberto Ramirez Junior, the WBA President, wants to sort things out.

While this is a good idea on many fronts, the order the WBA has made regarding it’s welterweight champions could prove to have dangerous consequences for future Hall of Famer and former three-weight ruler “Sugar” Shane Mosley. Mendoza recently stated how the winner of the upcoming May 28th fight between “interim” WBA 147-pound champ David Avanesyan and Mosley must then be given a shot at the “regular” WBA title, set to be defended by Keith Thurman, 26-0(22) against challenger Shawn Porter, 26-1-1(16) in June.

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Mosley far from done, says he wants Cotto, Marquez, Mayweather, Pacquiao after Avanesyan bout

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Though he is 44-years-old and way past his sizzling best, former pound-for-pound star “Sugar” Shane Mosley remains as ambitious as ever. The former lightweight, welterweight and super-welterweight champion announced his retirement after a corner retirement of a loss to Anthony Mundine in late 2013; only for Mosley to come back, in what could be called a “special attraction” type of fight with Ricardo Mayorga in a rematch, and then fight and defeat Patrick Lopez after that.

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Shane Mosley to face David Avanesyan for interim WBA welterweight belt in May

Former pound-for-pound king, “Sugar” Shane Mosley is all set to get a world title chance (albeit an interim version) after just two comeback wins. The 44-year-old future Hall of Famer will fight Russia’s David Avanesyan in Arizona on May 28th, with the interim WBA 147-pound strap currently held by the 27-year-old on the line. Mosley, who returned to winning ways following a corner retirement loss to Anthony Mundine in November of 2013 (followed by an actual retirement announcement, one that proved to be quite short-lived) has beaten Ricardo Mayorga and, last time out, Patrick Lopez.

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