Shane Mosley, Winky Wright Retire from Boxing

Ralph Longo@https://twitter.com/RalphLongoAnalyst IIIJune 4, 2012

LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 05:  (L-R) Canelo Alvarez throws a left to the head of Shane Mosley during their WBC super welterweight title fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 5, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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According to reports coming from SI and ESPN, both Sugar Shane Mosley and Winky Wright have both decided to hang up the gloves and call it a career. Both are surefire Hall of Famers and it's good to see them both walk away with their wits and bank accounts intact, something a lot of boxers could only dream of when they call it quits. 

For Mosley, he retires with a career record of 46-8-1 (39 KOs). He is a three-weight champion, holding world titles at lightweight, welterweight, and light middleweight. Mosley sports victories over Oscar De La Hoya, Fernando Vargas, Antonio Margarito and Ricardo Mayorga to name a few. 

At lightweight, Mosley was 34-0 with 32 knockouts and was an absolutely dominant force and the most feared fighter in the division. At the turn of the millennium, he was regarded as the best fighter in boxing. He'll be remembered for a lot of great battles and he was a gentleman inside and outside the ring. 

For Winky Wright, he's the former undisputed world junior middleweight champion. He beat guys like Shane Mosley, twice, Ike Quartey and Felix Trinidad. He retires with a record of 56-6-1 (25 KOs). Winky will be remembered as having one of the best defenses in the history of boxing. His peak-a-boo style gave everyone he fought fits. 

Both guys are future Hall of Famers and both appear to have retired at the right time. Mosley was thoroughly beaten by Saul Alvarez in his last fight and he knows he can no longer compete at the top level which is perfectly fine. The same can be said for Wright. After his loss to Peter Quillin, he realized he wasn't a championship level fighter and decided to hang them up. 

Good luck to both guys in whatever they choose to do outside the ropes. I'm sure they'll both be as successful outside the ring as they were in it.

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