Sugar Shane Mosley is Back in Action on May 28 in the Final Hurdle to Another World Title Fight

Sugar Shane Mosley crossed paths with Oscar De La Hoya twice in the amateurs and then twice more at the professional level. Oscar retired after his loss to Manny Pacquiao in 2008. Mosley, who turns 45 in September, soldiers on.

This coming Saturday, May 28, Mosley meets Russia’s David Avanesyan at the Gila River Arena in Glendale, Arizona in a contest scheduled for 12 rounds. The prize for the winner, as decreed by the WBA, is a world title match with the winner of the forthcoming welterweight showdown between Keith Thurman and Shawn Porter. Mosley vs. Avanesyan will be televised in the U.S. on the CBS Sports Network and in the U.K. on BoxNation.

Check out The Boxing Channel video report “Shane Mosley Returns This Saturday”.

There was a time when Shane Mosley and Roy Jones Jr. were considered the top pound-for-pound fighters in the sport. Both remain active while pursuing careers as promoters. This is a new trend in boxing. Across the pond, David Haye also wears both hats.

Mosley’s reputation took a dip in 2002 when he lost back-to-back fights with Vernon Forrest. He was riding high again in 2006 when he twice TKOed Fernando Vargas, in February and then once again in July, but things would soon unravel. He was widely outpointed by Floyd Mayweather in 2010 and by Manny Pacquiao in 2011 and in 2013 an ill-advised trip to Australia for a match with Anthony Mundine resulted in his first (and only) defeat inside the distance. Mosley quit on his stool after the sixth round citing back spasms. He was trailing on all three scorecards.

Mosley has won two straight since that mishap, most recently a 10th round TKO of Venezuela’s Patrick Lopez in Panama City at the arena named for his new best buddy, Roberto Duran. With that triumph, Mosley advanced his ledger to 49-9-1 (41).

David Avenesyan (21-1-1, 11 KOs) relocated to England in 2014. He’s managed to win several minor titles without defeating anyone of note, but to his credit he reportedly gave more than he got in hard sparring sessions with fast-rising Chris Eubank Jr. In his last outing, on November 7, 2015, Avanesyan scored a ninth round stoppage of journeyman Charlie Navarro at Monte Carlo. This is his U.S. debut.

On paper this looks like a winnable fight for Mosley, one of boxing’s most well-liked personalities, but his refusal to call it a day is cause for concern. Prior to his 2011 match with Pacquaio, noted Thomas Hauser, there were whispers that he was running on fumes. His performance against Pac-Man was dreadful. He spent the entire fight in reverse gear and lost every round on two of the scorecards. Afterward, Pacquaio’s trainer Freddie Roach made this observation: “His jab is in mothballs. I never saw it. His legs are gone. I like Shane, he’s a good guy, but he’d better quit before he gets hurt.” Roach, who regrets that he allowed his boxing career to drift on beyond the “sell by” date, is an authority on the subject.

Banners for the fight hark to the Cold War. It’s the U.S. vs. Russia. Tickets are priced at $22-$507. Ponying up an extra $500 above the $507 gets you the VIP package which includes a pre-fight party, a meet-and-greet with Sugar Shane Mosley, and a boxing glove signed by Mosley and Avanesyan. Presumably another $1007 will entitle you to bring a date. The publicist for Mosley’s Go Box Promotions promises the hottest ring girls.

The live telecast begins at 7:30 pm PST. First bell is at 5:30 but as of mid-day Monday, May 23, there was no word on the undercard. Mosley’s 25-year-old son of the same name will presumably be one of the participants. Sugar Shane Mosley Jr. is 6-1 (5).

Check out the results “Avanesyan Upends Mosley’s Title Bid In The Arizona Desert” at The Boxing Channel.

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-Radam G :

Actually the son's pseudonym is "Spicy" Shane Mosley Jr. And I believe that he may be under suspension for being dirty -- full of PEDs -- in that alternate boxing jive. The name of it slips my mind. Holla!


-Kid Blast :

Actually the son's pseudonym is "Spicy" Shane Mosley Jr. And I believe that he may be under suspension for being dirty -- full of PEDs -- in that alternate boxing jive. The name of it slips my mind. Holla!
I believe you might be right. The steroid did not fall too far from the tree.


-deepwater2 :

Duran keeps yelling at Shane that his punches are weak. Roberto Duran hits the heavy bag at 62, better than Shane at 49 or how ever old that guy is.


-amayseng :

Duran keeps yelling at Shane that his punches are weak. Roberto Duran hits the heavy bag at 62, better than Shane at 49 or how ever old that guy is.
He wants Shane to torque through his punches with his hips, not arm punch. I am intrigued, Shane looks good, may be back on the juice and Duran is a top 5 atg in many opinions.


-Radam G :

He wants Shane to torque through his punches with his hips, not arm punch. I am intrigued, Shane looks good, may be back on the juice and Duran is a top 5 atg in many opinions.
Hehehe! He's not back on that type of juice. He is on the sauce and the correct juice plus that is better known as "REBOUND."


-stormcentre :

Shane's lack of a decent jab (not to mention defence) has been shot for years. It's one of the reasons Floyd, Pac and a few others have had a field day with Shane. And, without a good jab - even in the top level amateurs - that pretty much means you can always rely on having a reasonably high success rate at guessing which way your mark will cover ground and initiate an attack. And, being easily read in a boxing fight sure aint nothing to be proud of and celebrate. Shane's reliance on his unorthodox and vulnerable style - a style that he now seems lumbered with - appears to have come from the same era that;


A) Not only, presented us with most of Shane's greatest welterweight successes.
B) But also, other great fighters (like RJJ) that themselves - like Shane - seemingly converted non-fundamental and otherwise liable boxing moves into successful maneuvers; by the application of other-worldly speed and reflexes.

That was the Balco era. Back then (and perhaps still now; provided it's achieved naturally and/or with a non-Balco PED product) *reverse fundamentals worked for you. That is, provided you were fast enough to make the non conventionalism associated with both *them and your brazenly obvious advantage work for you. The problem is (and always has been) when you slow down. Then, you're not only slow - but also (technically speaking) unskilled; especially if you relied on the reverse fundamentals and other forms of assistance to such an extent that your style matured and developed with it. As that's akin to taking LSD through your teenage years and then wondering why, in your twenties and thirties, you feel uneasy and not socially accepted whenever you turn up to a party; regardless of whether you do your usual perfunctory and unrequired pirouette immediately after arrival. I hope Shane is in shape, sensible, and can make this work. As, without knowing whom Mosely has been preparing with and how well he has fared in those preparations; it's hard to tell whether, and/or how well, he will. :) :)


-stormcentre :

I believe you might be right.
The steroid did not fall too far from the tree.
Love it !!!! So exploitable. :) :)


-brownsugar :

Well said Storm,. Shane is not even interesting to watch and he studies his opportunities to fire his offence like he's working on logarithmic equations for topographical applications. I would rather play DarkSouls 3 than watch Shane.... I respect him but age is the opponent that all athletes inevitably lose to.


-stormcentre :

Sure, when you're comfortable sparring in familiar gyms things can seem like you still have it, and - truth be known - Shane may still be able to compete at the non-top/elite level. But . . . Yes, there have been a lot of signs and indications that his time is up. They were pretty obvious around about the time of the Mora fight. :) :)


-deepwater2 :

Mosley vs Broner next?


-Kid Blast :

Mosley vs Broner next?
Bad choice for Mosley. AB would mug him.


-Kid Blast :

It would be a worse mugging than the one his "ex wife" Jin perpetrated on him and that was a brutal one.


-Radam G :

It would be a worse mugging than the one his "ex wife" Jin perpetrated on him and that was a brutal one.
Hehehe! Dang! But no doubt! Ditto! Holla!


-oubobcat :

I checked the sportsbooks and see that Avanesyan is currently listed as the favorite in this fight (-170). I was a little surprised as I thought the reputation of Mosley alone would garner near even money odds. But I suspect odds will come down as we get closer to the fight and fans bet the known quantity. I hope to watch some tape of Avanesyan soon to garner more of an opinion. As Arne stated in his article, really no notable foes. The only two I even remotely recognize are Navarro and Kaizer Mabuza who was well faded when Avanesyan fought him. The winner is mandated by the WBA to fight the winner of Porter-Thurman. I hope Avanesyan shows us he has something or this could be another future PBC prime slot fight that looks bad on paper and inside the ring.


-stormcentre :

Bad choice for Mosley. AB would mug him.
I'm not so sure. Broner's work rate is less than spectacular. He's not a KO artist. He possesses no real special trait and he has no significant height advantage; possibly a slight speed advantage. And, he is both reasonably easy to read and psychologically weak. And, Shane is reasonably tough/strong, likes it when people stay in close and trade, and he also has a good output. None of this means I think Shane would win. But after Shane's next fight we will know the answer to that.
Storm. :) :)


-stormcentre :

It would be a worse mugging than the one his "ex wife" Jin perpetrated on him and that was a brutal one.
Yes, and she really completed the mugging superbly with her last comeback-move . . . in direct response to Mosley's public *claim that Jin (love that name) was still married when she married Shane. When Jin "seemingly" substantiated and/or delivered words (in the context of taking further legal action in a defamatory context) to the effect that - contrary to Shane's very public and media-broadcasted *claims/comments - explained how Shane's misunderstanding and public oversights on the matter that ultimately led to him assuming she was already married when both her and Shane wed, were themselves nothing other her previous marriage's divorce paper filing dates, within the relevant government office, not reflecting when the actual initial separation/divorce occurred. Had Shane's allegation been correct . . that most likely would have stifled any future payments and/or reversed any existing monies that Jin received from Shane as a result of their separation. But, as it is now, it seems Shane will have an additional defamatory case to answer and pay for. Ouch. That must hurt. No wonder Shane still needs to fight. :)


-Radam G :

I checked the sportsbooks and see that Avanesyan is currently listed as the favorite in this fight (-170). I was a little surprised as I thought the reputation of Mosley alone would garner near even money odds. But I suspect odds will come down as we get closer to the fight and fans bet the known quantity. I hope to watch some tape of Avanesyan soon to garner more of an opinion. As Arne stated in his article, really no notable foes. The only two I even remotely recognize are Navarro and Kaizer Mabuza who was well faded when Avanesyan fought him. The winner is mandated by the WBA to fight the winner of Porter-Thurman. I hope Avanesyan shows us he has something or this could be another future PBC prime slot fight that looks bad on paper and inside the ring.
If Mosley still have one foot in the grave, instead of two, he is going to beat the sweat off Ava and then drown him with it. If Ava beats Mosley, it is time for Mosley to fade to deep darkness. Holla!


-oubobcat :

I just did a quick check on the line and in two days it has moved from -170 to -275 for Avanesyan. This is a pretty big jump in the odds and money must be flowing in on Avanesyan. I can say my own analysis is Ava has good skills and commits to body punching. Assuming the judges give him just credit for body shots, I see this as being a tough match for Mosley and maybe the final of his career.


-Radam G :

I just did a quick check on the line and in two days it has moved from -170 to -275 for Avanesyan. This is a pretty big jump in the odds and money must be flowing in on Avanesyan. I can say my own analysis is Ava has good skills and commits to body punching. Assuming the judges give him just credit for body shots, I see this as being a tough match for Mosley and maybe the final of his career.
That is the problem. Ava overly commits -- leans over his feet -- to the body with his mitts down and his noggin straight up and his long neck as stiff as a giraffe's neck. Plus dude goes straight in and straight back. If Sugar Shane has five percent of what he had when he kayoed "Tijuana Tornado" Tony Margarito, he is going to kayo Ava in five or six rounds in my humble prediction. Holla!


-oubobcat :

That is the problem. Ava overly commits -- leans over his feet -- to the body with his mitts down and his noggin straight up and his long neck as stiff as a giraffe's neck. Plus dude goes straight in and straight back. If Sugar Shane has five percent of what he had when he kayoed "Tijuana Tornado" Tony Margarito, he is going to kayo Ava in five or six rounds in my humble prediction. Holla!
But a legitimate question is what does Mosley have left? He looked totally done against Mundine a few years ago and has rebounded with wins against Mayorga and Lopez. Mayorga was more shot than Mosley and did little to no training leading into that fight. In the Lopez fight, Mosley looked very sluggish against a fighter who in his better days was no more than a journeyman but was far from his better days in the ring in Panama that night. I think Mosley is going to look shot and Avanesyan out works the faded fighter for a decision win.


-Radam G :

But a legitimate question is what does Mosley have left? He looked totally done against Mundine a few years ago and has rebounded with wins against Mayorga and Lopez. Mayorga was more shot than Mosley and did little to no training leading into that fight. In the Lopez fight, Mosley looked very sluggish against a fighter who in his better days was no more than a journeyman but was far from his better days in the ring in Panama that night. I think Mosley is going to look shot and Avanesyan out works the faded fighter for a decision win.
Nobody has not been able to see what SSM has left, because he was on dat syet and dat twat. The great Roberto Duran has gotten ahold of him and has told him the time, and what must be done. SSM got some legs under him for the first time in a few moons. Until one knows all the hindrances and circumstances of diz, dat and da third, he is making an undetail judgement on a pug in this theatre of the unexpected" at his own risk. Holla!


-Kid Blast :

The road to dementia is a long and irreversible one.


-Radam G :

Hehehe! Holla!


-Radam G :

For the first time in his long career, Sugar Shane Mosley is moving and sliding instead bouncing up and down like a spastic, disabled person. The legend Roberto Duran has made the Sugarman get in that work.
->https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=FjvdsXEQ8n4. Holla!