Anthony Mundine 45-5, 27 KOs beat Shane Mosley 48-8-1, 39 KOs, by 6th round retirement in an exciting fight that saw both boxers land power punches.
Mundine, who has boxed as high as 170lbs, was clearly the bigger man physically, and he got off to a good start taking command of the contest in the first two rounds. However, former 3 weight world champion and future hall of famer Mosley, came back into the fight in the 3rd and had success with the straight right hand, one of which buzzed the hometown fighter.
The 4th saw some heated exchanges and both men appeared to be hurt. Mundine went back to his boxing seemed to be opening up a gap by taking rounds 5 and 6. In between rounds 6 and 7 Mosely was pulled out of the fight with the American citing back problems as the issue.
Mundine was candid in his post fight appraisal of Mosley:
“He did hurt me once but felt I was dominating the fight.” he added “Mosley is one of the greatest fighters who ever lived but he had back problem in this fight,”
Mosley who seemed bitterly disappointed but had a $1million payday to help ease the pain said:
“A back spasm happened during the fight and I couldn’t move. I thought Mundine was in front. Mundine fought a good fight. I am not sure if this win will open doors for Mundine in the USA.”
It may be time for Mosley to draw the curtain on his illustrious career which saw him win titles at Lightweight, Welterweight and Light Welterweight. He won his first title against Australian Philip Holiday and was linked with a fight with Kostya Tszyu for some time, but ultimately he decided to skip the light welterweight division.
Mundine will look ahead to big fights in the USA, and will be chasing a showdown with Floyd Mayweather, however that fight is unlikely but fights against top middleweights such as a Gennady Golovkin or Sergio Martinez may be more fitting.