Unanswered questions in Cali

By Francis Walker, BASN Staff Reporter
Updated: September 19, 2010

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NEW YORK (BASN) — It was the STAPLES Center where Sugar Shane Mosley bested Oscar De La Hoya (June 2000) to win the WBC welterweight title and punished Antonio Margarito (January 2009) for having illegal padding in his gloves.

Mosley returned to STAPLES to fight on Pay-Per-View against a less-experienced, former reality show star, and ex-world champion in Sergio Mora.

The much-anticipated 12-round junior middleweight contest between Mosley (46-6-1, 39 KOs) and Mora (22-1-2, 6 KOs) ended in a distasteful split-draw. The bout headlined a Golden Boy Promoted “200 Celebrate and Dominate” HBO Pay-Per-View event at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles in celebration of Mexican Independence.

One judge scored the bout 115-113 for Mora. Another official scored it 116-112 for Mosley, and the final scorecard read 114-114 even. The bout was Mosley’s first since his lopsided unanimous decision loss to unbeaten five-division world champion Floyd Mayweather in May.

“We both fought hard,” Mosley said. “It was a good fight so it was a good decision. He’s not a good puncher so we had to box more.”

What Mosley said didn’t make any sense. First, no fighter is should be satisfied with a draw and for Mosley to claim that was a “good decision” is ridiculous. If Mora truly isn’t a good (hard) puncher, then why box him? If a guy isn’t considered to be a good puncher then you go after him.

Go for the KO!

“Mora moved, ran away, rested and held,” Mosley added. “There were lots of head butts and that affected me.”

Mora did move away from Shane and rested, but he put himself in a defensive position against the ropes. Mosley had his opportunities, ample chances to pummel “The Latin Snake” against the ropes unmercifully the way he did John-John Molina, Jessie James Leija, Fernando Vargas, Cedric Ceballos, and Antonio Margarito.

But he didn’t.

Mosley was very calculated with his attack and monitored his aggression to the point where you have to begin believing that Mosley is further along the decline than we thought. After all, Mosley is 39 years young.

“He was moving too much so it was hard for me to get my shots in,” Mosley added. Mosley had his chances, but when he was “explosive” it wasn’t the same as yesteryear. It seemed as though Mosley was missing a step.

Mosley was the favorite going in and rightfully so. Look at Mosley’s career. He was a dominant lightweight before he moved up two weight classes to relieve De La Hoya from world title reigns at 147 and eventually at 154 pounds. Mosley has had a ton of stellar knockout victories to his credit and is a household name in boxing.

However, as limited and perhaps as “lucky” Mora has been, the “Latin Snake” entered the bout with Shane with a legitimate chance to spring the upset for a number of reasons.

The 6-foot Mora is perhaps the tallest fighter Mosley has fought during his entire career. Mosley has struggled against taller fighters.

Winky Wright beats Mosley twice to become the unified WBC/WBA and IBF junior middleweight champion.

The late Vernon Forrest won a pair of decisions against Mosley in 2001. Coincidentally it was Mora who beat Forrest in June 2007 to win his first and only world title before losing it to Forrest in the rematch that September.

Plus, Mosley has an extensive history of having struggled fighting at 154 pounds. The two losses to Wright, the De La Hoya rematch, the no-contest against Raul Marquez, and the late KO-win against Ricardo Mayorga.

Fighters of various skill levels have given Mosley fits.

Shame on Mora! Mora didn’t take advantage of a smaller, and somewhat ineffective older fighter.

“I got hard headed and should have listened to my corner,” Mora said. “They were telling me it was close and I thought I was winning the fight and my respect for Shane got in the way.”

There you have it, another fighter that didn’t listen to their corner.

“Going 12 rounds with Shane Mosley says something in and of itself,” Mora added. “Honestly, I thought I won the fight.”

The undercard: Unbeaten prospect Saul Alvarez (34-0, 26 KOs) knocked out former welterweight champion Carlos Baldomir (45-13-6, 14 KOs) at 2:58 seconds of the sixth round.

Victor Ortiz (28-2-1, 22KOs) knocked out former word champion Vivian Harris (29-5-1,19 KOs) in the third round. Also, former WBO junior featherweight champion Daniel Ponce De Leon (40-2, 32 KOs) knocked out Antonio Escalante (23-3, 15 KOs) at 2:40 seconds of the third round.