Sugar Shane Mosley-Andre Berto: The Forgotten Fight

Lorne ScogginsCorrespondent IJanuary 9, 2010

In the wake of all the controversy surrounding the Pacquiao-Mayweather fiasco, it seems that boxing has all but forgotten an upcoming event that has the potential to be a genuine war.

Mosley-Berto promises to be a great match.

Former fighter of the year (2000) and current WBA Welterweight champion Sugar Shane Mosley will bring his skills to the ring against undefeated WBC Champion Andre Berto on Jan. 30.

Mosley has a record of 46-5 with 39 knockouts. He is currently listed as the No. 3 best pound-for-pound boxer by Ring Magazine and Bleacher Report. 

If his performance looks anything like his Jan. 24, 2009 annihilation of the iron-jawed Antonio Margarito, boxing fans have a real treat in store. With a coveted combination of speed, agility and power, the 38-year-old doesn’t look like an old boxer. After vying for mega-fights with Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. in 2009, his efforts yielded no results.

Instead, Mosley will be defending his title against undefeated WBC Welterweight titlist Andre Berto. The 26-year-old boasts an impressive record of 25-0 with 19 Knockouts.

The up and coming fighter is one who definitely has a bright future in the sport. A win over a great veteran like Shane Mosley would certainly catapult his career to new levels. Berto possesses a swaggering style and usually swings his entire upper body behind his powerful hooks. This fight promises to be one that fans will remember.

Though Berto has a significant age advantage over Mosley, I think that experience will be the most important factor.

I see a brutal battle that could have the kind of ebb and flow that every fight fan appreciates. Berto may impose his will in the first half of the fight, but Mosley’s experience and speed will eventually take over.

I predict Mosley by late TKO.