Shane Mosley announced his retirement from boxing on Monday. "I fought for 32 years, I'm happy with my boxing career and how it went and now I'm looking forward to helping the young generation become world champions and great fighters," said Mosley.
Mosley throughout his career fought the best boxers in the world. He also fought fighters that were ducked by other champions. For instance, he was willing to fight Winky Wright when he was being avoided like the plague.
He gave his all in his bouts from the first round to the final bell. Likewise, I will never forget his fight against Ricardo Mayorga. He struggled somewhat against him. Yet, he never gave up in the boxing match. And he knocked out Mayorga with only one second left in the fight.
Boxers tend to get stereotyped as being rude, ignorant and mean. However, people who believe these stereotypes about boxers have never met Mosley. He saved his aggression for the ring. And Mosley is a classy guy with an easygoing personality.
Mosley was a fan's fighter. He was always fun to watch. He was an aggressive boxer that loved to fight. He fought courageously going right at his opponents with his tremendous punching power and hand speed.
Likewise, Mosley's bouts against Oscar De La hoya, Fernando Vargas, Miguel Cotto and Antonio Margarito were all memorable and great fights.
His career was far from perfect. Mosley suffered back to back losses to Vernon Forrest and Winky Wright. And he was not as good at junior middleweight as he was at welterweight and lightweight.
However, Mosley in his prime was one of the best lightweight boxers of all-time. He won 31 consecutive fights in the lightweight division. And he was chosen as fighter of the year by Boxing Writers America Assocation (BWAA) in 1998. And he is a surefire Hall of Famer.
He has earned the respect of the boxing world with his accomplishments. He will be missed and thank you for the memories Shane Mosley.
Loren Robinson has watched and studied boxing for the past 12 years. He has written for boxing websites such as boxingnews24.com, eastsideboxing.com and pinoygreats.com. You can find more of his writing at the site www.lorenrobinson.com or you can follow him on Twitter, @BestWriter_InPA.
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