By Anthony McClean, Editor In Chief Emeritus NEW HAVEN (BASN) —...
It’s time to ‘Celebrate and Dominate’
NEW YORK (BASN) — Sugar Shane Mosley (46-6, 39 KOs), fighting for the first time since his 12-round decision loss to Floyd Mayweather in May, returns to the STAPLES Center to face Sergio Mora (22-1, 6 KOs).
The bout will be the featured main event on an HBO Pay-Per-View event entitled “200 Celebrate and Dominate: Mosley vs. Mora” on Saturday, September 18, beginning at 9 PM/ET.
“Mexican Independence Day is September 15,” said Mosley who recently turned 39. “My birthday is September 7. I am transforming into a Mexican on that day.”
Mosley is a former world champion at 135, 147, and 154 pounds. Two of Mosley’s biggest fights occurred at the STAPLES Center. In June 2000, Mosley looked sensational defeating Oscar De La Hoya for the WBC welterweight title.
In January 2009, Mosley pummeled Antonio Margarito through nine rounds to capture the WBA welterweight crown. Trained by Nazim Richardson, it is expected that Mosley, despite his advancing age, will have a big performance on Saturday.
“I don’t care if you’ve seen him recently or have not seen him for a while, if you went to a Shane Mosley fight you got up off your seat,” Richardson said. “He can take his worst night and still get you off your seat. You’re going to see an outstanding performance.”
It won’t be easy, as Mora is 10 years younger. Mora also defeated the one man Mosley couldn’t beat when he lifted the WBC 154-pound title away from the late Vernon Forrest in June 2008 before losing it in his first defense that September. Mora has only fought once in the last two years leading up to fighting Mosley.
Tickets for Mosley vs. Mora, priced at $200, $125, $75 and $20, are on sale now and available for purchase online at ticketmaster.com, via Ticketmaster charge-by-phone lines at (800)745-3000.
Tickets are also available at STAPLES Center box office.
The fight can also be seen in HDTV in more than 300 movie theaters nationwide at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT. Tickets to see the fight on the big screen are available at participating theater box offices and online at www.FathomEvents.com.
Ortiz vs. Harris on Saturday
Former world champion Vivian Harris (29-4-1, 19 KOs) is just days away from his explosive encounter with junior welterweight prospect Victor Ortiz (27-2, 21 KOs). The two will meet in one of the undercards prior to the Mosley vs. Mora Pay-Per-View show.
“This fight right here is very important to me,” Harris said. “I’m training for a war with Victor Ortiz. I am going to leave it all in the ring. I feel great right now I can’t wait to fight, it’s going to be a great night.”
Harris isn’t worried about potential future fights with Amir Khan, Devon Alexander, or anyone else at 140 pounds. “My main focus right now is Victor Ortiz,” Harris added.
“He is in my way. It’s my job to remove him from my path back to the championship, after that, I’m more than ready for any one of those guys.”
Both fighters share the nickname “Vicious”, but after the fight Harris says only one will be left standing.
“Broadway Boxing” returns October 6 in Times Square
Lou DiBella’s critically acclaimed “Broadway Boxing” series returns to the BB King Blues Club in the heart of Times Square, Manhattan on Wednesday, October 6.
Undefeated prospects Gabriel Bracero and Mark Tucker will be featured in separate bouts. Also, the night will also mark the return of heavyweight prospect Tor Hamer.
The undercard will also feature Sonya Lamonakis, Steven Martinez, Isiah Thomas, Sitvens Bujaj, and Seanie Monaghan.
Bracero (11-0, 1 KO) is a 29 year-old Brooklyn, NY welterweight. In his last bout in July, he stopped a Raymond Betancourt. Tucker (14-0, 7KOs), the WBO No. 9-ranked light-heavyweight, is a 22 year-old local from Massachusetts.
Hamer (11-1, 8 KOs), a former National Golden Gloves champion, will be appearing in his first bout since dropping a split-decision to Kelvin Price on the Amir Khan vs. Paulie Malignaggi undercard in May.
Lamonakis (1-0, 1 KO) is a 35 year-old New York City public school teacher and a four-time NYC Golden Gloves champion. In her professional debut in June, she KO’d Kasondra Hardnette. Martinez (5-0, 5 KOs), managed by New York Giants running back Brandon Jacobs, is a former Golden Gloves National titlist.
Broadway Boxing tickets are currently on sale beginning at $55 and can be purchased tickets through DiBella Entertainment: (212) 947-2577.
“Capitale Punishment 2″ postponed
Star Boxing’s “Capitale Punishment 2,” in association with The Empire, was suppose to have taken place on Thursday night, but a hand fracture injury forced Chris Algieri to pullout of the evening’s main event. The card will be rescheduled to occur on Friday, October 22.
More information on the card, including the new main event, will be announced shortly. All ticket sales for the 16th will be honored for the 22nd. For additional information call Star Boxing at (718) 823-2000. Tickets start at $50 and can be purchased by calling (718) 823-2000 or by visiting www.starboxing.com.
Empire’s Collide at Capitale
On Friday, October 1, at The Capitale which is located on 130 Bowery St., there will be a 13-bout amateur boxing event that will sweep the hearts of fight fans across New York City when “Empires Collide.”
I what could be preview of the 2012 London Olympics, USA Boxing amateurs will challenge amateur stars from China. Bouts will consist of 10 fights in the men’s division and three in the women’s weight division.
Team USA consists of: Diego Hurtado, 108 lbs, Reno, Nev., 2010 USA Boxing National Championships Silver Medalist; Miguel Cartagena, 114 lbs, Philadelphia, 2010 USA Boxing National Championships Silver Medalist; Ricky Rodriguez, 123 lbs, Denver, 2009 Jr. Olympic National Champion; Eric Flores, 132 lbs, Los Angeles, 2010 USA Boxing National Championships Silver Medalist; Michael Reed, 138 lbs, Washington, D.C., 2009 Jr. Olympic National Champion.
Also featured will be Alex Martin, 152 lbs, Chicago, 2010 USA Boxing National Championships Silver Medalist; Jesse Hart, 165 lbs, Philadelphia, 2010 USA Boxing National Championships Silver Medalist; Marquice Weston, 178 lbs, Seattle, 2010 Under 19 National Champion; Joshua Temple, 201 lbs, St. Louis; and Danny Kelly, 201 lbs, Washington, D.C., 2010 USA Boxing National Championships Silver Medalist.
Team China will include 2008 China Olympic sensation,26 year-old, 6-foot-7 Zhang Zhilei, a super heavyweight silver medalist and Zou Shiming, an Olympic gold medalist who is considered to be the No. 1 light-flyweight in the world.
“I am really excited about this event,” said Hall of Famer trainer Lou Duva.
“The Chinese team has excellent credentials, and reports are that America has an outstanding group of fighters who hope to restore Team USA. to past glory. The October 1 event will give us a first glimpse of these two tremendous amateur teams.”
“This is the first U.S. promotion for our venture with the Chinese Boxing Federation and it’s an extremely exciting one,” said Dino Duva. “I am very excited about working with Global Sports and Entertainment, USA Boxing and the China Boxing Federation.”
“I look forward to working together in presenting a tremendous night of amateur boxing featuring the best that China and the U.S.A. have to offer. It will be an historic night.”