Shane Invades Arizona

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Shane Mosley Invades Arizona to fight for WBA Interim Title



By Uppercut Magazine staff

Armed with his own promotion company Sugar Shane Mosley takes yet another step toward reclaiming a welterweight world title.

Mosley (49-9-1, 41 KOs) added a not-so secret weapon for his title match against Russia’s David Avesnyan (21-1-1, 11 KOs) on Saturday May 28, in Glendale, Arizona. The great former champion Roberto Duran has mentored the Pomona speedster for this fight to be shown on CBS Sports Network.

Duran, whose life will be depicted in a new movie coming out this August called “Hands of Stone,” spent several weeks in Big Bear with Mosley for this fight. Both shared knowledge and ideas to reclaim glory.

It’s been seven years since Mosley held a welterweight world title and even that win against Antonio Margarito was a shock. Since that fight at the Staples Center in 2009, Mosley has lost four of eight prize fights. But all came against super stars such as Floyd Mayweather, Manny Pacquiao and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez.

Mosley, now 44, wants vindication for the slights and humiliating words tossed in his direction. He cites bad health and injuries coming at inopportune times as a reason for those losses. Now healthy, he’s out to prove his claims.

“I think you’re going to see me do a lot of great things to win this WBA interim welterweight championship title,” said Mosley while in Big Bear. “You’re going to see a lot of good things and you’re going to say ‘oh my God,’ he’s back. It’s like deja vu in the ring. People are going to say he’s back.”

Mosley said Duran helped him rekindle some of his former fighting style including some of the tactics and weapons he used before to conquer Oscar De La Hoya and others. Many boxing experts claim Mosley and Duran are two of the best lightweight division world champions in the history of the sport.

When asked who would win if they fought each other Mosley laughs.

“You know that Roberto Duran thinks that nobody can beat him. And that’s the way I am too,” said Mosley with a chuckle. “All champions are like that. It’s what makes them champions.”

A win by the Pomona fighter would give him the interim title and a shot at the WBA champion Keith Thurman. But he’s not targeting the current crop of contenders and champions. He wants those closer to his own age group.

“I just want to fight the top guys like Manny Pacquiao because when I fought him I was injured. I want to fight Floyd Mayweather because I know I can beat him I was injured as well. I want to fight Miguel Cotto because I believe I beat him out there in New York. I didn’t lose to him. I want to fight Juan Manuel Marquez because we never fought and we’re the same age. These are guys that are really, really good and can probably beat anybody right now. And that’s kind of our era right now. Any of those would be very good fights,” said Mosley whose company is called Go Box Promotions.

First, he must get passed Avanesyan, a 27-year-old who eagerly took the challenge.

“He’s a tough fighter. He’s not a walk in the park,” said Mosley about Avanesyan. “It’s going to be a good tough fight. And I trained hard like it’s going to be a tough fight.”

Duran nods his head in agreement and adds his own words on the upcoming challenge.

“It’s going to be a surprise for the people what Shane Mosley can do,” said Duran. “He gave me an opportunity and Mosley is going to surprise America.”

The fight takes place at the Gila River Arena in Glendale. Tickets begin at $15. For more information call (800) 745-3000.

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