Even if Oscar De La Hoya never steps into the ring again, which is unlikely for the 35-year-old box office draw, he may win one more fight in 2009. The World Boxing Council is preparing evidence to present to its Board of Governors that Sugar Shane Mosley took banned substances in his 2003 rematch with Oscar De La Hoya. Investigation has revealed that Mosley has admitted to using these substances.
Oscar is currently recovering following his eighth-round TKO loss to Manny Pacquiao and debating future options.
WBC president Jose Sulaiman is leading the legal charge against Mosley. "It was a real surprise to read that Mosley has confessed that he did take those medicines, those drugs that are totally prohibited by the WBC," he explained
Mosley could have his 2003 win stripped and turned into a DQ victory for Oscar or a No Contest. Either way, Oscar will likely have one of his six losses erased, particularly in the mind of fans, which will make him more marketable for another fight.
Sugar Shane Mosley defeated Oscar De La Hoya by scores of 115-113 (x3) in Las Vegas on Sept. 13, 2003. The victory earned him the WBA, WBC, and IBA Super Welterweight titles.
Mosley likes to promote himself as the only man to defeat Oscar De La Hoya twice, and this will not change regardless of the WBC verdict because Mosley also once defeated Oscar De La Hoya in the amateur ranks.
Joe Nixon is a staff writer for latinboxing.com and its print magazine