In an oddly entertaining rematch between over-the-hill former champions, 43-year-old "Sugar" Shane Mosley (48-9-1, 40 KO) scored a sixth-round KO win over 41-year-old Ricardo "El Matador" Mayorga (31-9-1) at the Forum in Inglewood, California, on Saturday night.
It took just one shot to the Nicaraguan's liver to put him down for the count and for Mosley to register his 40th win by KO in his Hall of Fame career.
Mosley also won their first meeting via KO back in September 2008.
There was better action taking place at the Staples Center, where Leo Santa Cruz won the WBA Super world featherweight title against Abner Mares, but Mosley and Mayorga at least put on a show for the fans. It was still fitting that two old fighters fought at the Los Angeles Lakers' outdated home arena while the young lions got it on at the team's current digs.
Mosley landed a hard right hand within the first two minutes of the opening round that got Mayorga's attention and woke up the crowd. While he was working with diminished skills, Mosley still had a clear advantage over Mayorga in the speed department.
It was Mosley's superior hand speed that led to a relatively obvious advantage through the first four rounds of the fight. A frustrated Mayorga looking to motivate himself decided to draw from some of his signature antics and bravado. He shouted at Mosley and made motions to his own genitalia in an unsuccessful attempt to get into his opponent's head.
In the fifth frame, Mosley started to slow down considerably. He was still in control of the fight, but his age was beginning to show as much as it had all night. In the sixth, Mayorga landed a combination that made Mosley stumble a bit.
It looked as if momentum might be shifting into Mayorga's favor, but Mosley quickly righted the ship and landed the liver shot that spelled the end for his rival. Mayorga tried to imply the punch was low, but this tweeted video from Zombie Prophet proves the left hook was legal and right on the button.
In a perfect world, Mosley would walk away from the sport after notching this win, but in the Periscope interview linked in this tweet, he says he "plans to fight again in December."
Undisputed Champions Network's Steve Kim doesn't seem to see the purpose:
Kim isn't alone. A fighter of Mosley's ilk has set such a high standard for himself that it seems silly to keep fighting. Then again, Mosley isn't the first, and he won't be the last fighter to stay in the sport way past his prime.
Perhaps Mosley is taking queues from the likes of Roy Jones Jr. and Antonio Tarver. Both men are still competing in their mid-40s. Bernard Hopkins is 50, and he isn't officially retired. It appears Mosley wants a little more time in the limelight—and a little more money in his bank account.
Mayorga's time as a legitimate fighter is even further by the boards than Mosley's. For the sake of his long-term health, it would be advisable for him to hang up the gloves for good. He's now lost six fights by KO in his career. Hopefully, that's it for him.
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