Boxing Preview – Shane Mosley vs Ricardo Mayorga

Boxing Preview – Shane Mosley vs Ricardo Mayorga

Boxing Preview – Shane Mosley vs Ricardo Mayorga

Making the small trek across the City of Angels to the Forum in Inglewood, we are being treated to the second big fight of the evening, albeit a very unusual one. In a battle of pride, the great Shane Mosley comes out of retirement to take on a former opposition of his, also a former great in the ever controversial Ricardo Mayorga.

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The formidable Sugar Shane Mosley certainly earned and lived up to the famous alias and represented the name well, earning a fantastic record of 47 wins with 39 stoppages, 9 losses and a single draw. He was a prime time player in the welterweights and other divisions, becoming a six time world champion across three different weights and over twenty defences. He lost a unanimous decision against Saul Alvarez in May 2012, beat Pablo Cesar Cano by unanimous decision in May 2013 before finally retiring after suffering his first knockout loss of his career to Anthony Mundine in November 2013.

Mosley forged a career by being an imposing pressure fighter. He was able to do this by the spectacular combination of having not only a lot of power, but also generous amounts of speed in both hands. This saw him beat his opponents into submission by loading up on fantastic combinations, not allowing his opponents any offence on his barrage. His loss of power was evident in the close of his career seeing as he hasn’t knocked out anyone since January 2009 and he’s been winding down since his loss to Floyd Mayweather in 2010.

In similar circumstances to Mosley, Mayorga came out of retirement in the latter half of 2014 following a retirement after his knockout loss to Miguel Cotto in 2011. He beat two non-competitive locals, beating Allen Medina by first round stoppage in Oklahoma in September 2014, before most recently stopping Andrik Saralegui in the fifth round in December 2014 in Mayorga’s native Nicaragua. In his own right, he was also a great in the past, becoming a four time world champion over two different weights. He is most known for being a psychological demon to his opposition and for being a provocateur. His record stands at 31 wins, 25 stoppages, 9 losses and a draw.

Mayorga’s career saw him excel at bringing the fight down to a steady tempo where he can force his opponents into a scrappy brawl. He excels on the inside, slugging at the body in order to sever his opponent’s mobility, and like Mosley, he has good bang in both hands meaning once his opponent is vulnerable, he will finish them off by slugging at their head. He, like Mosley, is obviously way past his best, and he hasn’t won against a competitive opponent since 2007, but his last four losses have all come by knockout which makes you ponder how he’ll handle the famously dangerous power that Mosley has.

This is being viewed as a shambles somewhat to Boxing and people are attributing the fight to the ever laughable antics of the sport. It’s hard to justify paying the ridiculous $50 asking price to watch two over-the-hill Boxers who haven’t had a competitive bout in years go at it against each other. That being said, the pre-fight build up has been, as you would expect, explosive, with things happening at the press conferences such as Mosley smacking a cigarette out of Mayorga’s mouth and Mayorga slapping Mosley’s partners rear end which then resulted in a brawl.

Ignoring all the controversy and looking at the fight itself, I think it’s best to consider which Boxer has declined the most. Mosley knocked out Mayorga in the last round of a competitive twelve round bout between the two in 2008, right before the decline of them both. That set off a string of bad performances from Mayorga who then just saw himself taking on easy wins. Mosley stayed competitive until his retirement and his experience across his career is generally a lot more rich than what Mayorga has had. I think this bout stays cagey from start to finish, however I think Mosley becomes the aggressor more often than Mayorga, resulting in Mosley winning a lot more of the rounds than what Mayorga gets, ultimately Boxing to an uninspiring unanimous decision victory.

 

Dan Glozier.

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