Mosley KOs Mayorga

By Robert Ecksel on August 31, 2015
Mosley KOs Mayorga
Mosley might think he has a future in the sport. Look at Hopkins. Look at Archie Moore.

Shane Mosley was a great fighter, but he has lost a step, perhaps several steps, and there are more steps yet to lose…

He was a phenomenal fighter. He was world class. He was pound-for-pound. He was a dream of a fighter in a sometimes nightmarish sport. But time marches on, and adaptation, the ability to think and act in new ways, can be as meaningful as blinding speed and reflexes.

Saturday night the Forum in Inglewood, California, former three-division champion Shane Mosley (48-9-1, 40 KOs), from Pomona, California, KO’d former two-division champion Ricardo Mayorga (31-9-1, 25 KOs), from Managua, Nicaragua, at 2:59 of the sixth round.

They first fought in September 2009 when Mosley stopped Mayorga in the final second of the final round to win the vacant WBA Inter-Continental super welterweight title.

Much has happened since then. Both fighters have slid. But Mayorga has slid further and faster.

At the age of 43, Mosley, by stopping a 41-year-old who’d rather smoke, drink, and fornicate than train, might think he has a future in the sport. Hopkins has done it. So has Archie Moore. But those guys are anomalies, two of a kind, masters who slipped punches the way Mayorga slips a barmaid a Mickey Finn.

Time isn’t on Mosley’s side (whereas time has already caught up with Mayorga). Boxing is a young man’s sport. Shane may have stung Mayorga in the second. He dropped him to his knees in the sixth. He has silenced Father Time, for the moment. He has silenced Mayorga for a moment as well.

Mosley was a great fighter, but he has lost a step, perhaps several steps, and there are more steps yet to lose. He has had a lot of fights. He has had plenty of outside the ring distractions. He delivered against Mayorga, as promised, but has still lost four of his last seven fights, to Floyd Mayweather in 2010, Manny Pacquiao in 2011, Canelo Alvarez in 2012, and Anthony Mundine this year.

“All the fans wanted to see me fight,” said Mosley after the bout. “I’m glad I was able to put a fight on for them. I think this was a good fight for me. I think I was a C-plus, but I can do better. I have the speed and the power. I knew after the first punch that it was going to be a knockout. The head shots were so easy. I was really catching him with so many head shots.”

If Mayorga had moved his head it might have been otherwise.

“Mayorga was tough,” Mosley added. “He came to fight. He didn’t just fall down in the first or second round. Look out, I’m coming.”

Shane has a right to make a living, however he sees fit. 

But we never want to see a man hurt.

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  1. KB 07:59am, 08/31/2015

    Now he wants JMM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Aztec Warrior 04:52am, 08/31/2015

    As much as I respect Shane and his accomplishments in the ring, I actually felt embarrassed/ashamed just watching the highlights Sunday morning. I can’t imagine anyone actually paying for that side show. I hope Shane stops now….I don’t want to remember him in these kinds of “fights”.

  3. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo aka Gimpel 04:38am, 08/31/2015

    Who paid to see this shit….this public mugging of a drunk?! The only way this could possibly have been competitive is if Mosley had thrown back six shots of Patron in the dressing room before the fight!! Who are you people….no….really…. who are you…or better yet….what are you?!

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