Shane Mosley retires from boxing officially after an action packed career that saw him win world titles in multiple weights and take on the very best in his era.
The official news has come that one of boxing’s favorite fighting sons has decided to hang up the gloves once and for all at the age of 46.
Shane Mosley can retire a proud man with a resume as good as anyone in his era that saw him capture four world titles in three different weight classes – in a pro career that spanned 23 years between 1993 and 2016.
Mosley holds a professional record within the sport of boxing of 49-10-1 (41KO) at the time of his retirement.
‘Sugar’ Shane confirmed the official news to Dan Rafael of ESPN::
“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.”
Just going through the names on Mosley’s record quickly reminds you of the class he mixed in and more times than not, that he beat.
Oscar De La Hoya, Floyd Mayweather, Manny Pacquiao, ‘Winky’ Wright, ‘Canelo’ Alvarez, Vernon Forrest and Fernando Vargas to name but a few fighters Mosley shared the ring with.
As an amateur, Mosley became United States Amateur Champion twice both in 1989 and 1990 – as well as securing a silver medal for his country at the 1989 World Junior Amateur Championships in Puerto Rico.
Perhaps one of his most notable moments in recent years came in his bout with Floyd Mayweather in 2010 where it is widely considered that Mosley landed one of, if not two of the cleanest punches ever inflicted on defensive wizard Mayweather during his career.
This writer remembers that night well in fact, having had a bet on Mayweather to win the contest on points. You scared the living s*** out of me that night.
All the best in retirement champ.
Right, lets take a look back at some of the key moments of a stellar career (hat tip HBO YouTube):