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Shane Mosley vs. Ricardo Mayorga tonight: Which one of these two wins?

Ricardo Mayorga Shane MosleyBy Dan Ambrose: A couple of old timers will be fighting it out tonight in several hours from now between former three division world champion Shane Mosley (47-9-1, 39 KOs) and former two division champion Ricardo Mayorga (31-8-1, 25 KOs) at The Forum in Inglewood, California.

The Mosley vs. Mayorga fight will be on pay-per-view for $49.95. If this fight had taken place 12 years ago when Mayorga and Mosley were still in their primes, it would have been a great price for the fight. But now with Mosley coming off of a two year retirement, it’s going to be difficult get a lot of fans interested in purchasing the fight. Still, it’s going to be a nice fight if you like seeing well-known fighters go at it.

Based on the activity, Mayorga would have to be seen as the favorite for the fight. He fought twice in 2014, defeating Andrik Saralegui and Allen Medina in stopping both of them. Mayorga showed that he still has his punching power if not his once great conditioning. In both fights, Mayorga weighed in the 170s.

In his prime, Mayorga fought at 147. He now looks like he’s still got 147 pounds of muscle on his frame, but with an extra 20 pounds of fat. Mayorga weighed in at 165½ pounds to Mosley’s 1591/2 pounds during Friday’s weigh-in. Mosley didn’t look good in any of his fights in the last three years of his career.

The power that once had did not look impressive, especially in his last fight against Anthony Mundine. Mosley’s shots had zero zip on them compared to Mundine’s, and it was like a featherweight fighting a junior middleweight.

Mosley’s power was gone completely. Now that’s been out of the ring for the last two years, I doubt that Mosley has regained his punching power. If anything, he might be weaker and slower than he was before.

I think tonight’s fight comes down to whether Mayorga’s stamina holds up for the full 12 rounds. If he can get to Mosley before he gasses out, I see Mayorga scoring a fairly easy stoppage win. He’s the stronger guy and he’s looked a lot better than Mosley in the last four years. If Mosley can drag Mayorga to the later rounds of the fight, then Mosley will have a decent chance of getting a stoppage.

I just don’t think Mosley will be able to do that. Mayorga hits too hard and will be all over Mosley from the opening bell with his clubbing shots. I can see Mosley’s back tightening up on him like it did in the Mundine fight, causing the fight to be stopped prematurely. Mosley is 43-years-old, but he’s an old 43, and hasn’t aged as well as the 41-year-old Mayorga in my book.

The timing of the fight isn’t the greatest, as it’ll be competing with the Abner Mares vs. Leo Santa Cruz fight on Premier Boxing Champions on ESPN. That’s free television for fans, and that’s going to make it very difficult for the Mosley-Mayorga fight to compete with it.

Also on the card are the following fights:

Yulihan Alejandra Luna Avila vs. Maureen Shea
Joel Diaz Jr. vs. Luis Arceo
Ronald Ellis vs. Jas Phipps
Dimar Ortuz vs. TBA
Miguel Sanchez vs. TBA
Rocco Santomauro vs. Stephon McIntyre
Carlos Suarez vs. TBA

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