Shane Is Back

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Sugar Shane Is Back In Town

By David A. Avila

Pomona, the gateway to the Inland Empire, has produced several world champions over the decades like Mike Weaver, Albert Davila, Richie Sandoval and Sugar Shane Mosley.

After almost two years of inactivity, Mosley is back in town like Mack the Knife.

“I wasn’t sure if I was going to retire or not. Now that I rested I feel a lot better,” said Mosley whose injured back forced him to take pause.
Mosley (47-9-1, 39 Kos) will be fighting former foe Ricardo “El Matador” Mayorga (31-8-1, 25 Kos) at the Inglewood Forum on Aug. 29. The rematch will be televised on pay-per-view. Mosley’s company GoBox Promotions is going head-to-head against a rival fight card in Los Angeles on the same day. 

Like all fighters who earn their living in the boxing ring, Mosley is not backing down.

Mosley had reserved two arenas for Aug. 29 in the Los Angeles area and was allegedly bumped by a rich rival boxing company Premier Boxing Champions which is putting on Leo Santa Cruz versus Abner Mares at the Staples Center.

“They were throwing road blocks everywhere,” said Mosley about his promotional competition.
Instead of changing the date, Mosley opts to fight anyway.

It’s in his nature to punch his way out of trouble. Throughout his career, including his amateur days, Mosley has defeated bigger and seemingly stronger opponents. Remember Antonio Margarito?

Now there are two opponents face him simultaneously in Mayorga and rival promotions PBC. Can he possibly prevail?

“If you want to fight, let’s fight,” Mosley, 43, says to both Mayorga and PBC.

Mosley has been one of Southern California’s most exciting prizefighters since his pro debut in 1993. He fought in small arenas in San Bernardino, Reseda and Pomona with small crowds before graduating to larger venues like the Inglewood Forum, MGM Grand and Madison Square Garden. Now he claims he’s back. 

Fans were always entranced with his ability to overwhelm opponents with his speed and power despite his small physical stature. His father Jack Mosley trained him and called his style “power boxing.” Mosley’s goal was not just winning, but blasting out his foes. His first 10 pro opponents were vanquished by knockouts.

Mosley’s rival from childhood was always fellow great Oscar De La Hoya of East L.A. It was a natural rivalry that started when they were both in elementary school. Later, when De La Hoya became the welterweight world champion and was named boxing’s best fighter pound for pound, Mosley challenged his rival and both met in June 2000 at the Staples Center. It was the first major fight ever held in that arena.

Who can ever forget that night as Hollywood celebrities like Jack Nicholson, Halle Berry, Salma Hayek and Sylvester Stallone walked through the arena in dazzling garb. Boxing greats like Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier and Sugar Ray Leonard were present too. Everyone was anxious to see the battle of Southern California’s best.

After 12 tumultuous rounds Mosley was deemed the winner by split decision in a spectacular fight between two local heroes. Immediately the boxing world dubbed him the sports best fighter pound for pound.

Now, 15 years since that historic fight in L.A., Mosley returns to perform once again and faces Mayorga whom he defeated by knockout in 2008. Mayorga calls that loss luck and promises a win.

“If we can’t knockout a grandfather like Mosley in three, we don’t deserve the name Matador (killer),” said Mayorga on Twitter where the fight was actually concocted after numerous exchanges on the social media site.

Crazy Mayorga. Nobody stirs up a crowd or opponents like the Nicaraguan who is 41 years old.

Mosley chuckles at Mayorga’s comments. He’s heard them before.

“I’m going to knock him out again,” Mosley says. “Be there.”

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Fight Chatter

Manuel Avila (18-0, 8 Kos) won by technical knockout of Cuba’s Yoandris Salinas (21-2-2, 14 Kos) at the end of the sixth round at Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio. Other winners by knockout were Ireland’s Jason Quigley, Philadelphia’s Tevin Farmer, and Glendora’s Joet Gonzalez. The Golden Boy Promotions fights took place on Saturday Aug. 8. 

Abraham Lopez (19-0-1, 14 Kos) won a thrilling war with Puerto Rican boxer Jorge Diaz (18-4-1, 10 Kos) who could not continue after the ninth round. The match took place in downtown L.A.’s Belasco Theater. East L.A.’s Roy Tapia scored a knockout win in the third round over Juan Hernandez. Other winners on Thursday Aug. 6, were Joshua Franco, Jonathan Navarro and Hector Tanahara who all trained in Riverside with Robert Garcia.

Undefeated Saul Rodriguez (17-0-1, 13 Kos) of Riverside travels to Fallon, Nevada to face Ramsey Luna (12-3, 5 Kos) of Texas on Aug. 22, announced Top Rank. Rodriguez, 22, a former Riverside Poly graduate, has knocked out eight of nine opponents.

UFC Fight Night saw Glover Teixeira use a rear naked choke to submit Ovince Saint Preux at 3:10 of the third round in their MMA fight on Saturday in Nashville, Tenn. Other winners were Beneil Dariush, Derek Brunson, Jared Rosholt, Amanda Nunes, and Ray Borg.

Randy Caballero attended the Golden Boy Promotions fight card at Fantasy Springs last weekend. He stopped by our dinner party to chat. The IBF bantamweight world champion had two title fights postponed due to a severe leg injury. It’s finally healed, says Caballero. “Its good to go,” said Caballero. “Even when I was injured I was in the gym the whole time. I’ll be ready to fight as soon as they let me.” Caballero said he doesn’t care who he fights whether it’s the two champions from United Kingdom or any others.