Shane Mosley Jr. (1-0, 1 KO) will never completely escape his father's shadow, but he's attempting to make his own mark in the sport his dad shined in for two decades.
The 6'1" super middleweight scored an impressive 34-second knockout win over Mark Cordova in his first professional fight. Take a look at the fight in its entirety.
Quite honestly, Cordova looks like anything but a fighter. The first win of Mosley's career came pretty easily.
On Saturday, he hopes to move to 2-0.
His opponent will be a fighter who is also light on experience. Jerome Jones (1-0-1, 1 KO) will be in just his third pro boxing match, but he has competed in mixed martial arts.
Jones owns an 11-8 record in MMA, per Sherdog.com.
The bout will be part of the undercard for the Brandon Rios vs. Diego Chaves bout at Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas on Saturday night.
Though the fight won't be televised during the HBO broadcast, an impressive win could generate highlights for nationwide viewers to see at some point during the featured bouts.
Here's how you can watch the event.
When: Saturday, August 2 at 9:45 p.m. ET
Where: Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas in Las Vegas
Live Stream: Box Nation (Subscription Required)
Making a Name for Himself
Shane Mosley Jr. knocks out Mark Cordova in the 1st in his pro debut, with Shane Mosley &Jack Mosley (Top Rank) pic.twitter.com/BxAEwucCuD— Boxing Insider.com (@BoxingInsider) April 27, 2014
Mosley Jr. has a long way to go before he's even close to having what most fans would define as a meaningful fight. Still, as you can hear from this interview with Shane Sr., hopes are high in the family for him.
At 23 years old, he's getting a late start to his professional career, and he's also light on amateur experience. There's reason to be skeptical about his future in the ring, but there will also be high expectations because of who his father is.
On Sat., Shane Mosley Jr. won his pro debut with a 1st round KO of Mark Cordova (Photo: Chris Farina / Top Rank) pic.twitter.com/yLDKmwUKyN— 3MoreRounds (@3MoreRounds) April 28, 2014
“Everybody expects me to be great,” Mosley said in a January interview with John Blanchette of The Spokesman-Review. “It’s ‘He’s Shane Mosley’s son, he should be knocking guys silly.’ It’s not necessarily going to be like that. I’m not my father and I’m not fighting to be like him."
With such a small sample of work to judge, it's too early to assess what Mosley Jr. can accomplish in the ring. The fight on Saturday might tell us a little more about his skills.
If you've ever heard of Jones, chances are you're a relative of his or a fan of mixed martial arts.
While he has had two professional boxing matches, Jones is actually further removed from the sweet science than he is from MMA. His last boxing match was in Sept. 2013, but he competed in the More Than Conquerors: In The Beginning MMA event in April.
In case you're wondering, Jones lost his bout at MTC via TKO. It was his second straight TKO defeat.
While we did just see former kickboxer Chris Algieri upset Ruslan Provodnikov for a world title, this wrinkle only adds a minute bit of intrigue to this matchup.
This bout would probably be a little more compelling if Jones were some kin to Roy Jones Jr. Descendants of legends clashing would have some cheap value, but that's not the case.
Instead, the 29-year-old Jones will play the part of a likely hand-picked opponent whose weaknesses accentuate Mosley Jr.'s positives.
Since I admittedly have never seen Jones fight, and we've only seen 34 seconds of action from Mosley Jr., it's impossible to make an educated prediction.
Sometimes, you have to just wing it.
It would be shocking if Mosley Jr. didn't move to 2-0. It's too early in his career for him to face a real test, but hopefully this opponent will hopefully be more formidable than Mr. Cordova.
Look for another KO or TKO win and a few in-ring snapshots with his legendary father.
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