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Sugar Shane Mosley Boxing Masterclass

Sugar Shane Mosley is a multiweight boxing champion who is regarded as one of the finest fighters in history. He has fought the who’s who of boxing like Floyd Mayweather
28 Dec 2014 12:02
Sugar Shane Mosley Boxing Masterclass

Sugar Shane Mosley is a multiweight boxing champion who is regarded as one of the finest fighters in history.

He has fought the who’s who of boxing like Floyd Mayweather Jnr, Oscar De La Hoya, Manny Pacquiao and the list goes on.

He is a three-weight world title holder, in addition to this he has been named The Ring’s pound for pound best fighter in the world on two separate occasions.

Shane Norman Mosley was born in September 1971 in Lynwood, California USA. He grew up in a very ordinary household with his parents and siblings.

Shane was introduced to the sport of boxing from about the age of 10 and from there on he captured various amateur titles and at the age of 18 years he won United States Lightweight Amateur Championship.

He continued his winning form and after a stand out amateur career he decided to turn professional in February 1993.

Mosely won his first 23 fights with ease all by stoppage but a tough fight waited for him for the lightweight title in the rugged Philip Holiday.

Holiday stood toe to toe with Shane in every round but eventually Mosely emerged victorious with a close but unanimous decision victory.

Mosely told me when we discussed the fight that this fight taught him more about character than all the 23 fights before him as he had faced adversity for the first time in his career and came through with a win.

After winning the lightweight title and making a few defences Shane decided to move up in weight to the welterweight division and challenge the Golden Boy of Boxing, the very impressive Oscar De La Hoya.

Shane Mosely met Oscar De La Hoya who he had known throughout his amateur days in Los Angeles on June 17, 2000 for the coveted WBC welterweight title.

During the fight neither of the fighters were willing to give an inch, but both battled to and fro until the final bell.

Mosely emerged the winner with a very close split decision victory which could have gone either way. Shane earned a minimum of $30 million in purses while Oscar was guaranteed a $70million pay day.

Shane faced Oscar De La Hoya again and he defeated De La Hoya by a controversial 12 round unanimous decision which many thought Oscar had won.

Regardless of this Shane Mosley told me that he regarded Oscar as a fine gentleman and his best friend in boxing circles. Interestingly they have known each other since the age of eight or nine years.

On May 1, 2010 Mosely fought Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Mosely stunned Mayweather with two right hand shots in the second round and almost knocked him out but Mayweather recovered beat Sugar Shane on a decision on the scorecards.

He later went up against another boxing megastar Manny Pacquiao for the WBO welterweight title. Mosely was competitive but lost a decision to Pacquiao.

In 2012 after a superb boxing career Sugar Shane Mosely announced his retirement from boxing.

Shane Mosely is very shy and quiet by nature and is happily settled with his family of four children, Shane Mosely Jr, Taiseki, Najee and Me-yon.

The former champion is also a part of PETA that protest against the seal fur trade in Canada and also protest dog fighting.

He recently received the “Advocate Award” from the Face Forward Foundation for unflinching commitment to combating domestic violence.

I met Shane Mosely recently in America and was impressed to see what an absolute gentleman he is.

He is not just a great sportsman, but there are many other facets that I believe will serve him well and make him successful throughout his life.

He has great family values and has the special qualities I identify with that are needed to make a great human being.

 

The writer is a Fiji Sun  columnist.

Feedback: ajayamrit@hotmail.com

 

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