Shane Mosley Retires
The boxing retirement carousel has come back to pick up another future Hall of Famer. "Sugar" Shane Mosley, one of boxing's best pound-for-pound fighters in the late 1990s all the way to the late 2000s, has announced his retirement.
The latest in the great lineage of boxers wearing the moniker of “Sugar,” Mosley’s resume included dozens of great fights and legendary wins.
Mosley told ESPN that he's gotten too old for the sport and does want to step out of active competition. Mosley did say he will remain in the sport and help out, but won't be pursuing any fights anymore.
"I decided that I'm older now. I'm not the same as I used to be, so I need to let it go as far as me trying to compete as a fighter anymore," Mosley said. "I'm definitely always going to be around boxing. I'll still go to the gym and show people stuff, help them out. I still love boxing. It's still my life but just not as a fighter anymore."
The 45-year-old Mosley, who turns 46 in early September, did have a fight planned in Russia later this year, but the bout was canceled after Mosley need to have surgery to shave down a bothersome bone spur and to remove fragments from his right elbow.
Despite fighting for a world title last year against David Avanesyan, the WBA interim welterweight, Mosley's surgery was a sign for Mosley to step down.
"What happened was my arm is breaking down, my knees, shoulders," Mosley said. "My back is starting to break down. My body is telling me I'm older and I can't do it at 100 percent. I can't see myself fighting again. I'd have to say I'm retired."
Mosley would then later reveal that the surgery was botched, which pretty much closed the book on his career.
"I went in for a minor arthroscopic surgery to remove a couple loose bone fragments from my elbow and the surgery turned into a whole ordeal after the surgeon admittedly 'accidentally' burned me on my forearm, leading to a sick infection and needing like four or five days of IV antibiotics and two weeks of antibiotics at home," Mosley said. "It was crazy and surreal to learn that I could never fight again."
A standout amateur, Mosley barely made it into the Olympic team. Mosley is a three-time United Statas Amateur Champion and won the silver medal in the 1989 World Junior Championships in San Juan, Puerto Rico fighting in the 132-pound division.
After starting his pro career with a perfect 23-0 record, Mosley won his first world title when he beat Philip Holiday in 1997 to win the IBF lightweight title. Mosley defended the title for almost three years, having defeated names such as John John Molina and Jesse James Leija.
Mosley moved up in weight from lightweight to welterweight and scored a career-defining win against Oscar De La Hoya in 2000 to capture the unified WBC, IBA and lineal welterweight world titles.
Mosley and De La Hoya ended up having a rematch in 2004, this time for the unified light middleweight titles and Mosley once again scored the win, winning a world title in three weight classes.
Best known for never stepping down from a challenge, Mosley fought an extensive list of Hall of Fame-caliber boxers such as Vernon Forrest, Miguel Cotto, Antonio Margarito, Canelo Alvarez, Ricardo Mayorga, Floyd Mayweather, Fernando Vargas, Manny Pacquiao and many more.
Despite not having a major win since beating Antonio Margarito in 2009, a match marred by cntroversy due to Margarito being caught with illegal hand wraps, which would end up being one of the most defining (as well as negative) chapters of Margarito's career, Mosley was still a decent fighter in the welterweight division. He wasn't going to win a world title at this stage of his career, especially against an extremely stacked welterweight class that includes PAcquiao, Errol Spence, Keith Thurman, Danny Garcia, Shawn Porter and many others.
Mosley retires with 49-10-1 with 41 KO and 1 NC and two reigns as the unified welterweight and junior middleweight world champion. With Mosley retiring, the list of boxers who have retired so far this year just keeps growing. Guys like Wladimir Klitschko, Robert Guerrero, Takashi Miura, Takashi Uchiyama, Tyson Fury and more have announced their retirement in 2017 and Miguel Cotto looks to soon follow as he said that he will retire at the end of the year.
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