Shane Mosley vs. Sergio Mora, Split Decision Draw
After a big loss to Floyd Mayweather, Shane Mosley was looking to rejuvenate his career when he stepped into the ring at middleweight against Sergio Mora, champion of NBC's inaugural "The Contender" series.
Mora, for his part, was looking to jump-start his career after it started lagging following his introduction to the professional ranks.
There was a lot at stake for both boxers, but you wouldn't have guessed that from Mora's behavior in the first half of the fight. He was ducking, backing up, and clinching, and the impetus was solely on Mosley to push the action.
Being the consummate professional he is, Mosley did just that, and easily won 8 or 9 rounds with his superior activity level. Mora finally came on later in the fight, but even then, he was just trading with Mosley, not really doing anything to advance his cause.
When the HBO team announced the judges - two of whom had a combined one title fight - I had a feeling something awful might happen, but it takes two judges to make a bad decision. Shockingly, veteran judge Lou Moret scored the fight a draw, to go with rookie judge Kermit Bayless' ruling of the fight in favor of Mosley.
Jim Lampley put it best: "Kermit Bayless just needs more seasoning, Lou Moret should know better, and we should commend David Denkin for making the right decision." In the end, it was a split decision draw and a disappointing result for Mosley and boxing fans.