Jack Mosley Prepares Son Shane for Vargas Rematch

By Francis Walker
Updated: July 12, 2006

NEW YORK — Shane Mosley will battle Fernando Vargas at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas on Saturday in a rematch from their thrilling February showdown. Mosley emerged victorious in a close battle after severe swelling around Vargas’ eyes prohibited from competing in the tenth round.

Mosley (42-4, 36 KOs) hopes for a more decisive repeat victory over Vargas (26-3, 22 KOs), as his father Jack Mosley returns to his son’s corner as his trainer.

“When Shane came up, he had speed,” Jack Mosley said. “I called it speed boxing. Speed and power.”

Mosley began his professional boxing career in February 1993. Mosley was a stellar IBF world lightweight champion (1997-1999), but did not develop stardom until he leaped two weight classes from 135 to 147 to successfully wrestle the WBC welterweight championship from Oscar De La Hoya (June 2000).

I started Shane out when he was eight years old and my methods will be the same,” Jack Mosley said. “They are winning methods. He has won national tournaments and titles. Shane, they always say, is a three-time world champion. He is a five time world champion. He won two titles off Oscar each time he fought Oscar, the WBC and the IBA then the WBC and the WBA.”

“He also won the IBF. So he’s a five-time world champion in three different weight classes. I want to make that clear because he is not getting his just do. I just think he needs credit for that accomplishment.”

During his first eight years, Mosley’s hand speed and power, or “power-boxing” skills was unbearable to the likes of Jessie James Leija, Demetrio Ceballos, Golden Johnson, John Brown, Antonio Diaz, and Shannon Taylor.

“Instead of calling it ‘boxer, puncher’ I just combined the two and decided to call it ‘power boxing,’ Jack Mosley said. “We’ll just box the guy with power and speed. There is still speed there but it is ‘power boxing.’ And you are boxing with power – that is basically what it is.”

Mosley was destined for Hall of Fame greatness following his repeat victory against De La Hoya in September 2003. However, consecutive losses to Winky Wright in 2004 which cost Mosley the undisputed world junior welterweight championship, along with two consecutive losses to Vernon Forrest in 2002 has forced many critics to change their view of Mosley as a great fighter.

Jack Mosley said: “Against Vernon there were a lot of distractions, but what are you going to do? When the chemistry is thrown out of whack when you have a good chemistry that is working for you, it messes up everything. That happens to the best of us.”

“I thought he won the rematch against Vernon Forrest and I thought he won the rematch against Winky Wright – even though I wasn’t there I thought he beat Winky Wright. I think right now, the track he is on, he can really do some stuff without those kinds of distractions right now.”

Nonetheless, Mosley, since losing twice to Wright in 2004, is undefeated in his last three fights. Mosley’s significant victory against Vargas has reestablished Mosley as a main event fighter and one of the top names in the sport.

Vargas, although he has only lost three out of 29 professional contests, all three losses have occurred by KO in brutal fights against some of the biggest names in the sport: De La Hoya, Mosley, and Felix Trinidad.

During 2004, Vargas suffered reported back injuries which hampered his career. The loss to Mosley was only his first after winning his first four fights during a successful 2005 return.

Vargas’ career has been plagued by ring wars and injuries. Does Vargas have enough armor in his tank to defeat a superior boxer in Mosley?

Mosley-Vargas II can be seen in HBO Pay Per View at a suggest retail of $49.95 beginning at 9 P.M. /EST.

Cory Spinks Wins 154-pound Title

Former undisputed world welterweight champion Cory Spinks won the IBF junior middleweight champion with a 12-round majority decision against Roman Karmazin last Saturday at the Savvis Center in Spinks’ hometown of St. Louis, MO.

It was Spinks’ first professional fight since losing the world 147-pound championship to Zab Judah during a brutal, one-sided ninth-round TKO. Two of the three judges scored the bout 115-113 for Spinks, while the third judge scored the fight 114-114. Spinks handed Karmazin his first loss in more than four years.