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Mosley-Mundine Fight is OFF

BY Michael Woods ON October 21, 2013
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tss 9b690UPDATED MONDAY at 7:15 PM ET: Mosley's promoter, Golden Boy, sent out a release clarifying the Mosley-Mundine situation:

LOS ANGELES (October 21) - Scheduled to face Anthony Mundine at the Sydney Entertainment Centre in Australia on October 23, boxing superstar Sugar Shane Mosley will instead be going home after a breach of contract by the event's co-promoter, Millennium Events, prompting his withdrawal from the fight.

"I'm very disappointed with this turn of events because I was planning on making a big statement by beating Mundine, but I was left with no choice but to withdraw," said Shane Mosley. "The fans in Australia have welcomed me with open arms, and I hope to return to fight for them one day in better circumstances."

"It's unfortunate that this fight will not be taking place, and we apologize to all of Shane's Australian fans, but there are contracts in place for a reason, and when the terms are not adhered to, we have no choice but to protect our fighter, and that's what happened here," said Richard Schaefer, CEO of Golden Boy Promotions.

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Sergio Mora, the former 154 pound champion now campaigning as a middleweight, tells TSS that the Wednesday fight in Australia between Shane Mosley and Anthony Mundine is off.

Mora, present for fight week, messaged me from the airport. He said that the 42-year-old Mosley wasn't paid funds he was promised, and thus, the fight is off.

"We're at the airport now," said Mora, who was providing sparring, and looks ahead to a Nov. 16 bout on the Andre Ward-Edwin Rodriguez card. "We're all stunned. It's all over the newspapers here."

Indeed, a report in the Daily Telegraph confirms that Mosley (47-8-1) is pulling out and that the fight won't go on. The promoter referenced in that piece is Vlad Wharton, and this report gives a different spin to things, saying that Mosley moved hotel rooms, to one closer to the airport, to "extract cash" from Wharton.

The vacant WBA international junior middleweight title was supposed to have been up for grabs, and ESPN3 was supposed to show the clash.

Mundine, a 38-year-old Aussie, owns a 44-5 mark. He lost his last scrap, against Daniel Geale, then IBF middleweight champ, in January.

Mosley bounced back with a win over Pablo Cano in March, after losing to Manny Pacquiao and Saul Alvarez, and retiring for a spell.

I am not clear on the terms of the contract, what portion if any Mosley was promised pre-fight, so I cannot say I'm clear on who is at fault here.

Stay tuned for more info...

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amayseng says:

Read a confirmation from both Shane and Richard that the contract was not fulfilled properly and the fight is off.

time is of the essence shane, get in the ring asap... maybe on a nov card?!?

Radam G says:

It's all about the money. They didn't have the money, so Sugar Shane does not have the honey. Down under, if they want you to fight, your better make that they have the money right. Promoters are crookest in those neck of the woods. Holla!

Radam G says:

It's all about the money. They didn't have the money, so Sugar Shane does not have the honey. Down under, if they want you to fight, your better make that they have the money right. Promoters are crookest in those neck of the woods. Holla!

brownsugar says:

Thank the Maker...
Shane needs to occupy himself behind the scenes (isn't he part of Golden boy? )

Radam G says:

Sugar Shane gave up his stocks in GBP when he fought Da Manny, as I recall it. Holla!

brownsugar says:

Thanks RG....then he needs to reapply and get his old job back.

amayseng says:

He should have never bowed out of gbp.

Shane is the ultimate competitor and did everything possible to fight PAC. Hard to fault him for that but yes time to get your old job back at Gbp

He looked decent enough against cano I'm cool with him fighting contenders at this point.

U get one life do what u love.

brownsugar says:

I read Jeff Fenech put up 460,000 $ because the promoter was tapped. ...supposedly Mosley was paid $300,000 out of 1million and left because they couldn't come up with the rest ..Fenech is out of 460,000. Can one of the boxing business experts explain Why Fenech can't recover his money?

The Shadow says:

I read Jeff Fenech put up 460,000 $ because the promoter was tapped. ...supposedly Mosley was paid $300,000 out of 1million and left because they couldn't come up with the rest ..Fenech is out of 460,000. Can one of the boxing business experts explain Why Fenech can't recover his money?


Yes. Since it was staged by an independent promoter, the initial $300,000 (30% of purse) was paid to Shane to commit to the bout. In th event the promoter doesnt come up with the remainder of purse, Shane gets to keep that money and walks away.

(It was the same way FOREMAN-Ali was made by King's group. In fact, both sides expected to just run off with the first $1m payment since no one believed Kimg would be able to produce the remaining $8m.)

The remaining $160k were expenses for Shane and his crew -- travel, housing, training etc.

Since there's no fight, there's no way the initial investment can be recouped -- hence why it's lost.

brownsugar says:

Thanks Shadow I knew you would be the one to have the answer...bummer for the guys who put up the money.

Radam G says:

Fenech -- as a promoter --carries insurance. So he was covered for that lose. Everybodee and dey momma made out like Ali Baba and 10 of his stealth thieves.

Back in the day, Don King used this insurance trick in cancelling Chavez Sr's bouts. Yall musta' fo'got the U.S. government insurance fraud case again the Cleveland Don.

I told you guys that there are many tricks of the trade. And that optical illusions are all up in boksing's grill. Holla!

The Shadow says:

Fenech -- as a promoter --carries insurance. So he was covered for that lose. Everybodee and dey momma made out like Ali Baba and 10 of his stealth thieves.

Back in the day, Don King used this insurance trick in cancelling Chavez Sr's bouts. Yall musta' fo'got the U.S. government insurance fraud case again the Cleveland Don.

I told you guys that there are many tricks of the trade. And that optical illusions are all up in boksing's grill. Holla!


LOL are you for real? Because he sounds a little toooooo gullible in that interview and not as pissed as you would expect one to be.

brownsugar says:

LOL are you for real? Because he sounds a little toooooo gullible in that interview and not as pissed as you would expect one to be.

With that said, Fenech wasn't the promoter. Vlad Wharton was. But that scenario still sounds plausible. I'll take your word for it!

I totally wouldn't be shocked to see Don King pulling some tricks like that off.


Your right Fenech sounded more like those guys who sounded embarrassed because they won the lottery..and want to appear humble the night before the break out the gold chains and pimped out jaguar. Lol

Radam G says:

B-Sug, that was funny! Hehehehehehe! Good one! Hahahahaha! Holla!

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