By Anthony McClean, Editor In Chief Emeritus NEW HAVEN (BASN) —...
Must Be The Money!!
The undefeated, former five-division WBC champion posted an impressive victory in front of more than 15,000 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas by dishing out a 12-round drumming of WBA welterweight titlist “Sugar” Shane Mosley (46-6, 39 KOs).
All three judges scored the bout 119-109 (twice) and 118-109 for “Money May.”
The fight proved to be one of the most anticipated bouts of 2010. It was years in the making ever since both fighters were stellar junior welterweights years ago.
Mayweather and Mosley, although they didn’t fight one another until Saturday, became recognizable superstars in the sport. Both have had amazing careers highlighted by impressive victories against a prime Oscar De La Hoya.
Of all the 1996 Olympians to have developed professionally, Mayweather has proved that he is the best of his era.
“There was a point to prove,” Mayweather said afterward. “To see who was the best welterweight out there.”
As dominant as Mayweather was, he survived a serious scare in the second round. Mosley, who entered the bout having a punchers chance to win, caught Mayweather with a booming overhand right that wobbled Floyd’s legs.
Mayweather was in serious trouble. He was clinched and held on for dear life. Mosley, however, simply couldn’t finish. Instead, Mayweather, to the surprise of many, became aggressive and attacked Mosley at the end of the round.
In the third round, the 38-year-old Mosley appeared visibly tired and started fatiguing. Mayweather, the younger and fresher fighter at 33, began to impose his will.
Mayweather appeared to be the better fighter physically and mentally. Mayweather punished Mosley with solid left jabs and straight-rights. Mayweather moved his head and showed great poise in picking his angles to land the quicker and better punches.
The fight simply became target practice for Mayweather following the third round. Mosley simply couldn’t deal with his counterpart’s speed and power. It was a dazzling display of boxing ability by the man that many consider the best fighter in the world “pound-for-pound.”
Mosley’s biggest mistake was when he, like Oscar De La Hoya and so many that lost to Mayweather, abandoned his left jab. When Mosley jabbed, he was able to launch his strong right hand above Mayweather’s left shoulder. But when Mosley didn’t jab, it allowed Mayweather to use his and pick him apart.
“Mentally in the fight I was talking to him,” Mayweather said. “Telling him, ‘Your jab isn’t faster than mine; if it is let me see.’”
Mosley was once an elite fighter.
However, after his wins against Ricardo Mayorga and Antonio Margarito along with lengthy periods of inactivity, Mosley has become this one-punch K.O. fighter. Mosley no longer fights for three solid minutes of each round. He fights in spurts, which is one of the signs of an aging fighter.
What’s next? No one knows for sure, but the fight everyone wants to see is “Money” Mayweather vs. WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquaio. That fight won happen if Pacquaio, unlike Mosley, refused to take the blood and urine tests.
“I take my hat off to Mosley,” Mayweather said. “He took the blood and urine tests. I just want everyone to be on an even playing field. If every athlete is clean in the sport of boxing, take the test. If Manny Pacquaio takes the blood and urine tests, we can fight. If he doesn’t, we won’t make the fight.”
Paul Williams vs. Kermit Cintron
One fighter that may pose a serious threat to Mayweather is Paul Williams. The 6-foot-2 southpaw with an 82-inch reach will be in action at the Home Depot Center in Carson, CA on Saturday. Williams (38-1, 27 KOs) will battle former welterweight titlist Kermit Cintron (32-2-1, 28 KOs) in a 12-round junior welterweight contest. HBO will televise beginning at 10 PM/ET.
A fight between Mayweather and Williams will be a very difficult bout for Floyd because, Williams is a much bigger fighter. He’s a strong and athletic fighter that can throw lots of punches from out of the southpaw style.
Mayweather does have experience fighting taller fighters (Diego Corrales, Oscar De La Hoya), but those fighters were in the smaller weight classes.
Mayweather will be moving up to fight Williams, who will be coming down from middleweight.
Williams will be coming off the biggest win of his career – a twelve-round decision against Sergio Martinez in a wild slugfest at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City last December. Martinez went on to lift the WBC/WBO middleweight championships away from Kelly Pavlik on April 17, at the same venue.
Williams, once a former undefeated WBO welterweight champion, is also known for his victories against Antonio Margarito, a first-round knockout in a rematch with Carlos Quintana, and a decision over Winky Wright.
Cintron is a former two-time welterweight champion. Cintron is knockout power in both fists and is a threat through twelve rounds. In 2009, Cintron posted one of the best wins of his career by handing Alfredo Angulo is first loss on a decision.
Boxing Returns to Paradise Theater (Kevin Rooney Jr.)
On Friday May 14th, Star Boxing makes its much anticipated return to the Paradise Theater in the Bronx, when it presents its tenth installment of the popular, “Punchin at the Paradise”, fight series.
The show is being co-promoted with Golden Boy Promotions and will be broadcast live on TeleFutura’s, “Solo Boxeo Tecate”. The evening will feature some of the top undefeated prospects in the world, including Golden Boy’s Adrien “The Problem” Broner (14-0, 11KO’s) and Mike “The Artist” Perez (7-0, 3KO’s), as well as Star Boxing’s, Yathomas Riley (8-0, 6KO’s).
“We are excited to be returning to the Paradise Theater,” stated Joe DeGuardia, CEO of Star Boxing. “This will be our tenth installment at this great venue, but our first in over a year. We have been looking to get back to the Paradise for some time now, and finally we are here.”
“We put on a really good string of shows there a few years back and we are looking to pick up right where we left off starting on May 14th. We look forward to working with Oscar de la Hoya and Golden Boy Promotions once again, and expect that this show will be the first of many exciting TeleFutura shows to come to the historical Paradise Theater.”
“We are excited to bring some of Golden Boy Promotions’ top young prospects to a historic venue like the Paradise Theater,” said Oscar de la Hoya, President of Golden Boy Promotions. “The TeleFutura ‘Solo Boxeo Tecate’ series is the perfect platform to showcase young talent like undefeated stars Adrien Broner and Mike Perez, and this is going to be a night of boxing you won’t want to miss.”
The Paradise Theater is located at 2403 Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY.
Doors open at 7:00 p.m. ET with the first bout scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
A complete list of the undercard fights will be announced shortly.
Steve U.S.S. Cunningham off to Germany
Former Cruiserweight Champion of the World Steve ‘USS’ Cunningham has announced that he has signed a promotional contract with German promoters SAUERLAND EVENT.
On making the announcement ‘USS’ Cunningham, whose eight year promotional contract with Don King Promotions came to an end on March 28th, said, “I’m excited about this new chapter, I made the decision to go where I can continue to fight in my weightclass and make a good living at the same time.”
“Cruiserweight is a respected division in Europe and everyone knows I’m a road warrior already, so I’ll be fighting overseas more now. I don’t mind at all and I’m looking forward to it, Germany has great boxing fans.”
‘USS’ Cunningham, who has made no secret that he loves fighting in Europe following his successes there, continued saying, “When I fought Huck back in 2007, Sauerland promoted the fight, and they treated me very well, it was a great experience, they were first class all around.
I’m looking forward to increasing my activity in the ring, I feel I am in my prime and I am ready to show the world what I am capable of.”
It was Europe where ‘USS’ Cunningham enjoyed his championship successes.
Three years ago, on the 26th May ’07, ‘USS’ Cunningham sailed in Katowice, Poland to battle with then IBF Cruiserweight Champion Krysztof ‘Diablo’ Wlodarczyk for the second time. After twelve hard fought rounds ‘USS’ Cunningham was declared Champion.
For his first defense, on the 29th December ’07, ‘USS’ Cunningham again sailed across the Atlantic, this time to Bielefeld in Germany, to face Marco ‘Kapt’n’ Huck. A scintillating battle of epic proportions, between the two best Cruiserweights in the World, ensued.
With just one minute and four seconds of the final round remaining ‘Kapt’n’ Huck’s challenge came to an end after Huck’s corner threw in the towel to save their man, who was reeling and defenseless following a storming final assault that saw ‘USS’ Cunningham chasing Huck across the ring whilst letting rip with a salvo of remarkably accurate overhand rights.
Just over one year later, on the 11th December ’08 ‘USS’ Cunningham’s reign as Cruiserweight King came to an end after losing a close split decision to Tomasz ‘Goral’ Adamek following their ‘Fight of the Year’ nominated battle at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.
In his only fight since losing to Adamek, ‘USS’ Cunningham defeated former WBC Cruiserweight Champion Wayne ‘Big Truck’ Braithwaite in the IBF final eliminator.
Following Adamek’s decision to move to the Heavyweight division ‘USS’ Cunningham was due to fight for the vacated IBF title on the 26th March this year, but this was called off following Godfrey decision to withdraw.