By Ron Valderrama at ringside: "Sugar" Shane Mosley (49-10-1, 41 KOs) lost to Russian, David "Ava" Avanesyan (22-1-1, 11 KOs) last night at the Gila River Arena in Glendale, Arizona for the WBA Interim Welterweight Title. The event was presented by GoBox and televised on CBS Sports Network.
In round 1, both fighters looked to find their range and kept the fight mainly in the center of the ring. Mosley surprisingly looked sharp and quick for his age. Avanesyan looked more comfortable going into round 2, landing the more effective shots on Mosley.
A low by Mosley in round 3 temporarily stopped the action and he was warned by the referee. Avanesyan took a moment a resumed fighting, it was Mosley landed the more effective punches this round. Avanesyan picked up the pace in round 4, landing hard blows on Mosley and quickly getting his attention. Mosley used experience in round 5, waiting for opportunity and finding success with a hard right, but Avanesyan was clearly ahead on the scorecards.
Fighting from a safe range, Mosley moved in and worked the body. The experience of Mosley served him well in round 7, but the crafty Avanesyan countered well on the shots thrown by Mosley and kept walking Mosley down. At the end of the round, Mosley mounted an attack that may have lacked power, but enough to get the attention Avanesyan and mount some much-needed points.
Round 8 would prove to be an exciting round, Avanesyan did well setting the tone. A barrage of punches by Avanesyan in the closing moments of the round gave him the round.
Round 9 was costly for Mosley, referee Wes Melton deducted a point for a low blow which he had already been warned about. It charged up Mosley as he would land some blistering blows on Avanesyan who was enjoying a comfortable lead.
Going into the final round, it may have been too little, too late, but Mosley mounted an attack that Avanesyan would quickly answer with counter shots. In the end, the judges scored the bout 117-110 X 2 and 114-113 with the decision in favor of David Avanesyan.
Credit Mosley for his effort, he may not be the Shane Mosley we once knew, but he hung in there and went the distance against a worthy opponent. Mosley has been fighting since 1993, and has fought some of the best fighters in the world, Shane Mosley knows victory and defeat. His boxing resume includes bouts against Manny Pacquiao, Floyd Mayweather Jr., Oscar De La Hoya just to name a few. Mosley has held the IBF lightweight title, the WBC, WBA super lightweight title and has been the former lineal champion as a welterweight twice, and as a light middleweight.
Middleweight Louis Rose (14-3-1, 6 KOs) defeated Jose Hurtado (4-8, 4 KOs) in a scheduled 6 round bout by TKO in round 2. Rose dominated the entire fight, delivering deadly body shots on Hurtado.
Welterweight Luis Olivares defeated Manual Herrera using deadly body shots and uppercuts. It was a short night for Olivares as the fight would end with a blistering punch he landed on Herrera, ending by TKO in round 2.
Lightweight Clay Burns went toe-to-toe with Isac Avalos in a scheduled 4 round bout that ended in round 2. Burns pelted Avalos with a barrage of punches that he could not answer, referee Richard Soto called a halt to the action in round 2.
Cruiserweight Dimar Ortuz (10-0-2, 7 KOs) faced Ricardo Campillo (9-9-1, 7 KOs) in a scheduled 8 round bout. Ortuz schooled Campillo through the first 4 rounds, opening a cut over the eye of Campillo. In round 5, referee Wes Melton stopped the action for a moment to allow the physician to make an assessment of Campillo’s eye. The fight continued, but Campillo clearly was behind on the scorecards. Give Campillo credit, he was taking a beating, but managed to continue throwing punches. The end would come soon for Campillo in round 6 as Ortuz landed a barrage of punches that Campillo could not defend. Referee Wes Melton made the ring move and called a halt to the action. The official time of the stoppage was :25 of round 6.
In a 6 round bout, Valley fighter Roberto Yong (5-8-2, 4 KOs) faced Shane Mosley Jr. (7-1, 5 KOs) for the evening’s co-main event. Both fighters looked sized each other up, finding a safe range. An exchange of punches at the end of the round excited the crowd. Yong found success in round 2 and felt more comfortable, landing some power punches on Mosley Jr. and certainly getting his attention. Mosley Jr. mounted an attack going into round 3, but Yong managed to countered nicely. The action was plenty towards the end of the round, both fighters exchanging hard blows. Mosley Jr. came out in round 4 making a statement, landing some hard shots on Yong, the Valley favorite traded blows with Mosley Jr. all the way to the end of the round. In round 6, Yong seemed to start gassing out and was caught with a hard punch by Mosley Jr. that had him stunned, Yong quickly recovered and landed a few hard shots of his own. In the end, the judges score the bout 59-55, 58-56 and 57-57 in favor of Shane Mosley Jr. The crowd was not pleased and felt Yong won the bout.
Valley lightweight favorite, Victor Castro improved to 17-0 with his win over Carlos Zatarain (6-3-2, 3 KOs).
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May 28, 2016