Mosley said Wednesday he had looked ahead to fights in 2017 and 2018 before "fate, if you will, stepped in," per Rafael:
"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. It was crazy and surreal to learn that I could never fight again."
Mosley added that his right arm is "ruined."
In his previous interview with Rafael, Mosley said his knees and shoulders were troublesome as well, while his back was "starting to break down."
The 45-year-old finishes his illustrious career with a 49-10-1 record. His last fight was a loss to David Avanesyan on May 28, 2016.
Back-to-back losses to both Vernon Forrest and Winky Wright prevent Mosley from being considered one of the top boxers ever. He also fell to Floyd Mayweather, Manny Pacquiao and Canelo Alvarez in the space of four fights.
Still, Mosley was one of the best pound-for-pound boxers in the world in his prime. After defeating Philip Holiday for the IBF lightweight title in 1997, he reeled off eight successful title defenses, seven of which ended in knockouts. He also owned two victories over Oscar De La Hoya, the first coming in 2000 and the second in 2003, and shocked many fans when he knocked out Antonio Margarito in 2009.