The apple didn’t fall far – Sugar Shane Mosley to fight on same card as his son

Sugar Shane Mosley to fight again with his son on the same card

By Liam McInerney

Something incredible will happen in the boxing scene on August 29th. A father and son fighting on the same bill.

Sugar Shane Mosley is coming out of retirement aged 43. I initially reacted with disbelief and was concerned for the ex-champion.

But Mosley is going to be fighting Ricardo Mayorga who is 41. The pair fought previously in 2008 with Sugar knocking him out with seconds remaining. Look it up on Youtube it was a sweet finish.

The Ring Magazine once had Mosley as their pound for pound king for two years running and the Californian fighter has a huge fan base still.

I was at a 21st not so long ago and was surprised to hear a 20 year old tell me that his favourite ever boxer is Shane Mosley. That’s what kind of influence Mosley has on so many age groups and fans around the world.

It’s still ominous for a 43 year old man to step into a boxing ring for a professional bout. In his last six contests he has only won one. But if you listen to some of Ireland’s most influential boxing personalities you can not doubt Mosley’s conditioning.

Belfast IBF Super Bantamweight world champion Carl Frampton said: “I’m telling you all Shane Mosley has still got it. As fit as a 20 year old and ripped to shit.”

Shane McGuigan, Frampton’s trainer and son of Barry McGuigan tweeted: “Shane Mosley is guna do a serious job on Mayorga. After taking him on the pads & catching his bombs I’m backing a big KO. #TeamMosely.”

Maybe there is no need to panic after all. Fighting an opponent a similar age is an advantage and with the shape Mosley is in it is probably Mayorga who we need to worry for.

Mosley is famous for beating Oscar De La Hoya and even for having Floyd Mayweather genuinely stunned in round two of their clash.

His son Shane Mosley Jr, a 24 year old middleweight, is also fighting on the bill in what is an unprecedented night for the Mosley family and for boxing.


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