Fighter of the Week: Shane Mosley Jr

On an absolutely loaded weekend of boxing, that saw a star-making performance in a battle of touted prospects, the return of a king, and the return of a legendary hall of fame worthy all-time great. A long-time contender/journeyman captured this week’s fighter of the week award. “The Sugarman” Shane Mosley Jr the son of the legendary Shane Mosley scored a career-best win in upsetting resurgent Gabriel Rosado on the undercard of Ryan-Garcia Emanuel Tagoei card in the Alamodome, San Antonio in what was less than a thrilling fight, Mosley Jr handed in what was certainly a career-best performance in a 168-pound scrap, scoring a dominant majority decision in which one judge,  Angel Ramos, shockingly scored even 95-95, to move his record to a modest 18-4 (10), defeats a world-class opponent for the first time and puts himself in world title contention, serious title contention for the first time and capture our Fighter of the Week Award for the first time.

When Shane Mosley and Gabe Rosado, everyone, possibly including the fighters, was expecting a violent explosion. A violent explosion would have likely favored the Philly native. We got anything but a violent explosion. Mosley was out moving and out jabbing his opponent, able to maintain the distance. When Rosado was able to get onto the inside Mosley was quick to smother and tie up Rosado. Mosley began to get into his rhythm during the middle rounds of the scheduled 10-rounder and noticeably hurt Rosado in the fifth with a pair of body shots. Mosley focused through the distractions of the savage fans chanting “we want a fight”  and breaking out in a wave and was able to rock an overly aggressive Rosado with a big left hand. Rosado continued to chase after “The Sugarman ” and continued to come up short as Mosley made his opponent over and over again. The final three rounds of the less than thrilling contest all looked the same with Mosley boxing beautifully from long range and off the back foot as he was able to seal the deal and close the show in professional fashion on his way to rolling to a clear cut and well-earned decision. 

This is Mosley’s third fight with famed trainer and former world champ Clarence “Bones” Adams, they have certainly hit the stride. After bouncing back from a devastating loss to Jason Quigley, a win that most that he won and would have been a career-defining win and could have propelled him to a world title fight. There was no lag and Mosley absolutely put on a boxing exhibition. He discusses fighting for a world title at either 160 or 168 and the former seems more realistic and he could likely fight for the WBA middleweight crown if GGG vacates to fight Canelo at 168. Following this win, he will likely propel in the rankings and likely fight himself in contention to fight Chris Eubank in an eliminator and then be in a position to fight Erislandy Lara for the Middleweight “super” title. 

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