Mosley’s win over Mayorga proves nothing
By Tim Fletcher: Other than the 43-year-old “Sugar” Shane Mosley (48-9-1, 40 KOs) proving that he can beat an old and out of shape 41-year-old Ricardo Mayorga (31-9-1, 25 KOs) with a belt line body shot last Saturday night in the 6th round, Mosley didn’t really prove anything at all with his win against the Nicaraguan fighter at The Forum in Inglewood, California.
Mosley was getting the worst of it in the 6th round when he suddenly nailed Mayorga with a left to the belt line, sending him to the canvas. In watching the replay in slow motion, the punch appeared to be slightly below the belt line. It hit the belt line, but half of Mosley’s glove appeared below the belt line. You can make an argument that it should have been ruled a low blow. I think the fight should have continued with Mosley being given a warning for the low blow.
Earlier in the 6th, Mayorga hard hurt Mosley with two rapid fired right hands to the head that caused Mosley to stumble across the ring into the ropes. Mayorga continued to nail Mosley with huge punches that had Mosley reeling. It was clearly the best round of the fight for Mayorga until he was hit by the left to the body from Mosley.
I think the referee should have given Mayorga the benefit of the doubt and ruled it a low blow. If not for him, then for the paying customers who had paid $49.95 to see the fight on pay-per-view and for those who had traveled to Los Angeles and paid their hard earned money to watch it live. You don’t like to see a boxing match stopped in a controversial manner in a fight where fans have put in a lot of money to see it. If there’s even a slight hint of controversy, the referee needs to do the right thing by calling it a low blow, which I think it was in this case.
Mosley hurt Mayorga in the 2nd round with a right hand that caused Mayorga to back up to the ropes. Mosley then teed off on him for most of the remainder of the round without being able to finish him off.
In the 3rd round, Mayorga dropped his gloves and encouraged Mosley to hit him in the head. Mosley obliged by nailing Mayorga repeatedly with rights and lefts to the head without being able to do any damage. It was the same thing that Mayorga had done in his fights against Felix Trinidad and Vernon Forrest in the past.
Mayorga struggled in the 4th and 5th rounds, as he was hit with a lot of heavy shots from Mosley, and he looked totally gassed out.
Overall, Mayorga didn’t have the hand speed to deal with Mosley’s superior speed. Mayorga missed constantly with his punches in the fight. Mayorga has lost a lot of hand speed in the last 5-7 years, and this enabled Mosley to get his shots off without getting hit in return. If this had been a top welterweight with hand speed like Keith Thurman, Amir Khan or Tim Bradley, Mosley would have been in deep trouble in this fight. In the big scheme of things, Mosley is still pretty much the same fighter who came into the Mayorga fight with 3 defeats in his last 4 fights. The only thing that changed is Mosley ended his losing streak against another aging fighter. If Mosley thinks he’s found the fountain of youth because of his win over Mayorga, then he’s kidding himself. Mosley didn’t even look as good as he did in his previous fight against Anthony Mundine in 2013, and he didn’t look good in that fight.
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