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Liam Smith v Shane Mosley in advanced talks

Shane MosleyBy Gav Duthie: At the age of 44 ‘Sugar’ Shane Mosley 48-9-1 (40) could be aiming to be the 3rd oldest man to win a world title in boxing history. At present the only two that have surpassed this feat are George Foreman, age 45 and Bernard Hopkins, age 48.

Rumors are circulating that newly crowned WBO light middleweight champion Liam Smith 21-0-1 (11) has agreed to face the veteran on the 19th December. If this fight was to come off it would add to a fantastic card which includes Andy Lee v Billy Joe Saunders also featuring champion Terry Flanagan and ex-champ Paul Butler at the Manchester Arena.

Legitimate defence?

Surely at this stage of his career this defence is nothing more than adding a big name to Smith’s record. On the other side though Mosley will know that if there is any chance to win a world title this is it. ‘Beefy’ Smith is a very inexperienced champion and was almost handed the title when he faced the average John Thompson two weeks ago. The highest ranked contenders are Michel Soro and former title holder Austin Trout who would be big favorites to beat Smith.

Too old?

It would be great to see Shane Mosley in Manchester but it reminds me of when Marco Antonio Barrera came over to face Amir Khan we were watching a fighter in name only as he was well past his best. Sometimes tells me that Shane actually has a chance here though.


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