Shane Mosley adds Hall of Fame ex-boxer as new trainer

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“Sugar” Shane Mosley (49-9-1, 41 KOs) is continuing his comeback after a brief retirement, with plans of becoming a world champion once again. The former three-division champion – who went 2-0 in 2015 after taking 21 months off – will continue his quest for another world title by adding International Boxing Hall of Fame member Roberto Duran as his trainer.

When Mosley decided to return to boxing, the 44-year-old originally employed the services of Kenny Porter – father of welterweight contender Shawn Porter. He scored a sixth-round knockout last August of Ricardo Mayorga, who was well past his prime. In December, Mosley faced unheralded Patrick Lopez, ironically at the Roberto Duran Arena in Panama City, and earned a 10th-round stoppage.

With Porter no longer available, Mosley has decided to employ the services of the legend who is regarded by many as the greatest Latino fighter of all-time.

"I am very happy to have Duran on my team. This is the type of addition that will push me even farther," said Mosley. "He is a fighter that I looked up to when I was coming up. How can you not learn from a legend like him?"

Duran’s boxing career spanned 33 years and saw the Panamanian win world titles in four weight classes. He is best known for his heated rivalry with Sugar Ray Leonard. He handed Leonard his first defeat in June 1980 but lost the rematch five months later in the infamous “No Mas” fight in which Duran quit in the middle of the eighth round. The two met again nine years later with Leonard earning a unanimous decision.

Duran ended his career with a record of 103-16 with 70 knockouts and knows a thing or two about making a comeback. He’s retired from the sport several times only to make a comeback a short time later. With that experience in mind, Mosley believes that Duran can help him reclaim some of his past glory.

Mosley’s next fight hasn’t been announced yet, but it appears that the announcement will come within the next few days.