Sugar Shane still chases titles
Shane Mosley will challenge Paulie Malignaggi for the WBA welterweight title on April 24.
Mosley is 41 years old and has lost three and drawn one of his past four bouts during the past three years. But he is scheduled to fight Malignaggi in New York, emulating several other former champions who are still fighting well into their 40s.
There was a time when he beat Oscar De La Hoya on a split decision to claim the WBC welterweight title. But that was back in June 2000 when he earned $15 million for the fight.
He held the IBF lightweight, WBC and WBA welterweight and WBA and WBC light-middleweight titles.
Nicknamed Sugar Shane, he was undefeated in 34 fights before beating South African Phillip Holiday in a fight for the IBF lightweight title. He made nine defences before he moved up two divisions to beat De La Hoya.
It seems ages ago when he was an outstanding amateur who won American and world junior championships before joining the professional ranks in February 1993.
It has been almost ten years ago since he fought De La Hoya for the second time. He won on points to take the WBC and WBA light-middleweight titles. He lost the belts to IBF champion Winky Wright in a unification match. Wright also won their return bout; on a majority decision.
Mosley also beat classy opponents such as Fernando Vargas, Luis Collazo and Antonio Margarito but lost to Miguel Cotto in a challenge for the WBA welterweight title.
In May 2010 Floyd Mayweather beat him by wide margins. He then drew with Sergio Moro and was outclassed by Manny Pacquiao. In May last year Saul Alvarez beat him on points.
His record now stands at 46-8-1, with 39 knockouts. But still the man from Pomona in California wants to fight at the highest level.
The 32-year-old Malignaggi, from Brooklyn in New York, has a record of 32-4; 7. He beat South Africa’s Lovemore Ndou by unanimous decision in June 2007 to win the IBF junior welterweight title.
He also beat Ndou in a return match and then vacated the title. IBO junior welterweight champion Ricky Hatton stopped him in the eleventh round and beat him on points in a return match.
In May 2010 he challenged Amir Khan for the WBA light-welterweight title but was stopped in the eleventh round.
But he moved up to welterweight and beat Michael Lozada, Juan Miguel Cotto and Orlando Lora. In April last year he stopped Vyacheslav Senchenko in the ninth round to win the WBA welterweight title in what was considered one of the biggest upsets of the year.
Another 41-year-old with a rather said history, English heavyweight Audley Harrison, returns on February 23 when he takes part in a prizefighter competition. In his most recent fight he was stopped in 82 seconds by British and Commonwealth heavyweight champion David Price.
Britain’s Ricky Burns, the WBO lightweight champion, and IBF champion Miguel Vasquez of Mexico, will meet in a unification bout in London on March 16.
On the same bill Nathan Cleverly will defend his WBO light-heavyweight belt against Robin Krasniqi.
Malawi’s Isaac Chilemba faces a tough challenge when he meets England’s Tony Bellew in a WBC light-heavyweight title eliminator in Liverpool on March 30 The champion is Chad Dawson.
A former lightweight contender, Oregon Ray Lampkin, 65, is recovering from a heart attack. Lampkin was knocked out in the 14th round by Roberto Duran in March 1975 when challenging for the world title.
Brian Hughes, MBE, a recent recipient of the British Boxing Board’s Outstanding Contribution award, has published a book about British heavyweight Bruce Woodcock. It is titled Battling Bruce Woodcock .
Another recent publication is The Good Son – The Life of Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini by Mark Kriegel.