Mosley Blows Off Mundine

By Robert Ecksel on October 21, 2013
Mosley Blows Off Mundine
Everyone is free to pursue their dreams, but how many dreams are we entitled to pursue?

It’s not that Mundine lacks credibility, although that can be argued. It’s that 42-year-old Mosley is playing with fire…

“When you quit the ring, if you’re a big success, you’re only a few thousand dollars in debt and only a little brain-damaged.”—Art Aragon

Everyone is free to pursue their dreams, but how many dreams are we entitled to pursue?

After witnessing numerous savage beatings, we decided to cease publicizing Shane Mosley’s fights. It’s not for his benefit. Shane could care less. It’s for our benefit. There are enough sleepless nights as it is.

Mosley’s next ring adventure, which was scheduled for Wednesday, October 23, against Anthony Mundine at the Entertainment Centre in Sydney, Australia, might have been big news in Oz. But here in the States, many of us cringe at the thought that Sugar Shane is still fighting.

It’s not that Mundine lacks credibility, although that can be argued. It’s that 42-year-old Mosley is playing with fire, and those who play with fire get burned.

As luck would have it, promoter Vlad Warton reportedly ignored his contractual agreement and the fight with Mundine is off. Mosley was promised $1 million, given a $300,000 advance, and wanted the remainder of what was owed him when he arrived in Sydney.

Warton balked, and Sugar Shane split.

“I’m very disappointed with this turn of events,” Shane said, “because I was planning on making a big statement by beating Mundine, but I was left with no choice but to withdraw. The fans in Australia have welcomed me with open arms, and I hope to return to fight for them one day in better circumstances.”

“It’s unfortunate that this fight will not be taking place,” said Richard Schaefer, CEO of Golden Boy Promotions, “and we apologize to all of Shane’s Australian fans, but there are contracts in place for a reason, and when the terms are not adhered to, we have no choice but to protect our fighter, and that’s what happened here.”

Protecting a fighter financially is one thing, protecting him from himself quite another.

Maybe Mosley will return to Australia to fight another day; but then again, maybe not.

At least we can hope. At least we can dream.

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  1. Michael 02:03pm, 11/11/2013

    This is Michael from the USA. I wanted to see the fight but I thought Mundine could be a problem with his movement and style. Shane has pop but likes to head hunt too much now. If he does the power box style that his dad made famous then I feel good about the outcome. Really I like both fighters.

  2. raxman 05:45pm, 10/23/2013

    Glenn R - he was a great talent. our average fellow countryman and even those who follow the sport, don’t give him his props. I couldn’t cop the bloke when he was fighting washed up guy waters (who in his days was a world class 175pounder) and acting like he was beating a superstar, but when he took ottke on with only 9 pro fights (and about 4 amateur) he demanded respect. problem was ever time you gave him some props (beating echols/ competitive vs Kessler/beating green& geale) either his in ring poor performance (terrible vs siaca/disgraceful vs geale#2) or outside the ring dickheadness, would make me turn on him. but the fact is after being at the top of the tree as a rugby league player he then became a world class fighter albeit one who never lived up to his talent.

  3. GlennR 09:35pm, 10/22/2013

    Pretty spot on there raxman.

    There’s absolutely no interest in this fight down here. After years of hand picked opponents, i think the final straw for most people was storming out of the ring after losing to Geale without even offering a handshake…. i know it was for me

    Pity, was a great talent at one stage

  4. raxman 02:36pm, 10/22/2013

    And down here they’ve been reporting that the 300k was fronted by Jeff Fenech as a favour to Warton. but the whole thing is shady with a lot of different things being reported. the fact is they were expecting to sell 9000 tickets and only 1500 had sold. they needed 80-90k of ppv and it was obvious it was never going to happen. mundine has always been hated by the sporting public down here for fighting too many hand picked opponents and too much mouthing off about how great he is. and the sad fact re mosley is that even the least knowledgeable boxing fan knew that sugar shane is a spent force. no one cared about this fight down here. no one. the sad part for me is not the inconvenience to millionaires mosley and mundine but to all the up and comers that were on the card that miss out.

  5. Clarence George 06:37pm, 10/21/2013

    Mosley’s win over Cano breathed new life into his dangerous delusions.  Well, here’s hoping he’ll be satisfied going out on that win.  Hoping…not expecting.

  6. FrankinDallas 06:16pm, 10/21/2013

    DId Shane keep the $300,000? If so, that must have been
    a mighty fine holiday in Oz.

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