Doghouse Boxing fight picks for Wright vs. Mosley
Compiled by Anthony Cocks and Elisa Harrison (November 20, 2004)
This Saturday night on HBO 'Sugar' Shane Mosley will be attempting to reverse his one-sided loss to Ronald 'Winky' Wright that occurred back in March of this year. In their initial encounter the technically proficient Wright put a twelve round beating on former pound-for-pound entrant Mosley, who struggled to get his shots off and looked bewildered by Wright's tight defense. Will Mosley produce one of the scintillating performances that earned him the moniker 'Sugar', or will Wright again dominate to cement his claim to being one of the best boxers on the planet? Read on to find out who the DoghouseBoxing.com scribes expect to win the fight and why.
Anthony Cocks (Site Editor): It's hard to see this fight playing out any different to their first encounter. Mosley was apprehensive in the first fight and seemed to doubt his own ability to get inside and get the job done. Vernon Forrest made an interesting point about Mosley prior to their initial fight when he said that he knew Mosley lacked confidence. This psychological flaw will play a key role in this fight. Goossen's influence is being overestimated and while Mosley will have his moments making it a closer fight than the first, Wright will still walk away the undisputed winner by decision.
Gary Pino: OK, I have been wrong on my last few picks but I think I will go 2 for 2 on this event. In the first fight I picked Mosley, and in this fight I am going to stick to my original pick and go with Mosley. He had a very intense training camp and probably is more focused on this fight than any other in his career. Mosley in a split decision.
Ed Ludwig: I personally feel that Shane Mosley's best days are long gone and Winky Wright is still on the rise. The Shane Mosley myth was smashed by Vernon Forrest and Winky Wright sealed the deal the last time out. I have a feeling we will see some questionable scoring from the judges and Mosley will walk away with the majority decision victory extending his career a little bit longer.
Martin Wade: Joe Goossen will play a pivotal role, jockeying Mosley from the opening bell with a clear plan in place. Mosley will outhustle Wright with much quicker hands and lateral movement. Wright won't be able to time Shane, as his punches will be much lighter and a lot shorter. Mosley by Unanimous Decision.
Tom Gray: Wright vs. Mosley II - will be "slightly" more competitive, but will ultimately tell the same story. Winky is the better junior middleweight and takes Mosley to school for the second time. Shane should have learned by now that immediate rematches are not a good idea, when you were battered the first time (see first Forrest fight).
Benny Henderson Jr.: I just can't see the Mosley-Wright fight going any different than before. Mosley is a great fighter but like Vernon Forrest I feel ole Winky has Sugar's number.
Ben Carey: Wright UD. After years of being on the outside looking in, when a major fight finally came his way Ronald Wright grasped his opportunity with both hands. Dominating the fancied Mosley both at close and long rage, Sugar Shane's supposed edge in speed and strength never entered the equation. In doing so Winky established himself as one of the finest pound for pound merchants in the game. Given the one-sided nature of the first fight, one has to admire Mosley for exercising his immediate rematch clause here.
However, as was the case with Vernon Forrest, it would appear that Wright has his number. Whatever tactics Mosley adopts for this one, I can only foresee Wright blasting him all night long with his spiteful southpaw jab and nailing an exasperated Mosley with pin-point combinations to clinch another wide decision.
Greg Goodrich: Wright fighter, wrong opponent. It is as simple as that. Winky is simply too big, too strong, too skilled and too wrong for Sugar Shane to handle. I doubt the fight will be as one-sided as the first encounter, but it says here don't be surprised if Mosley is more aggressive this time, and pays the price for it - much quicker than before. I like Wright big time in this fight. Though he is limited in punching power, we are talking about versus other full fledged Jr. Middleweights. Such as Shane Mosley he is- not. Wright wins on a TKO in 9.
Henry Dyck: If you have a copy of their first fight, do yourself, and your wallet, a favour and just re-watch that. I see Winky doing much of the same thing to a bewildered Mosley on route to an easy 12 round decision. Wright UD12.
Aaron Imholte: Ok trying to start a prediction winning streak here. Winky will prove that he has Mosley's number and the rematch will look somewhat similar to their first fight. Mosleys corner shakeup will make the fight a little more unpredeictiable and a little closer but Winky will outwork Shane again and win a close decision.
Rob Scott: Shane has to know that this is his last hurrah. A loss here would certainly signal the end of Shane as a dominant player. That will drive Shane to put on a show. While Shane may want to put on a show, my gut feeling is Winky's style and size will shut the show down. Winky by Unanimous Decision.
Luke Dodemaide: Mosley by decision. Usually following a loss, I quickly dismiss the stock standard excuses, 'I felt off tonight' or 'got hit with a lucky shot'. But after Sugar Shane lost to Winky I sensed something, Sugar Shane just didn't look sweet and when he announced he 'wasn't feeling well', I nodded my head in agreement. Something wasn't right in the first fight and with the fresh addition of Joe Goossen plus the welcome subtraction of 'power boxing', I got a feeling Shane Mosley may just cause an upset.
Peter Chhim: Wright UD Mosley. Shane Mosley is only fooling himself thinking he can reverse a decision against Winky Wright this Saturday night. Shane's best weight was nearly 20 lbs south of 154, and it's evident in his lack of activity and mobility at Junior Middleweight. Winky may not be great, but with a subpar Sugar Shane, he doesn't have to be. Wright will win the fight with the more accurate, harder shots, and the better defence. At 154, Winky will always have the "wright" stuff to handle Sugar Shane
The Rest of the List Compiled by Elisa Harrison, Our Site Editor for Team BRC.
Aladdin Freeman - I'm a huge Shane Mosley fan but the fact is he's too small at 154 pounds, he'd be better of at 147 pounds. He got really tired in the last fight and other than his big 12th round he didn't do much to Wright all day. I think a good big man beats a good small man again. Wright in a 12 round unanimous decision.
George Elsasser - Expectations here are pretty much a replay of first meeting. Wright by unanimous decision. Mosley moving forward and consistently receiving Winky flak over 12 rounds of sprited action. A good and solid southpaw is hard to find and also hard to beat.
Stephen Jones - Winky by unanimous decision.
Danny Serratelli - I went with Winky in the first one and definitely can see a replay of the first fight taking place, however, that would be boring. Shane was so fast and dominant at the lower weight classes, and he has a lot of pride. Most people would say they wanted a rematch with Winky, but really wouldn't. It's do or die for Shane. Sugar Shane Mosely by split decision.
Chris Robinson - Wright by clear decision. I think Mosley will have his moments but Wright will once again be ready.
Kenny Perrault - Winky Wright simply has Shane Mosley's number. Mosley can get a new trainer and train harder than before but it will not have an effect on this fight. Wright beats Mosley in the same fashion as the first go round.
Jeff Mayweather - Wright by unanimous decision again .
Tom Dickey - I think Shane Mosley will win by decision. I think you will see a new Shane Mosley. He is with Joe Goossen and gotten back to basics, and his basics are pretty good. If he gets back to basics, and utilizes his speed and defense he will win this fight. Winky Wright is a good fighter, but Shane will turn the tables on him. Shane knows that everything is on the line for him, and that he can't afford another loss. If Joe Goossen can bring back some of the old Shane, then he's going to be tough to beat, and lately Joe has been able to bring out the best in his fighters.
Mike Leanardi - Winky Wright via Unanimous Decision.
David L. Ross - Winky Wright will win a split decision over Sugar Shane on Saturday!
Robert Hernandez - Winky is too big, and strong.I can see Shane going the 12 because of his heart. Winky by UD.
James Roberts - Wright by decision ... 7 rounds to 5. I think Shane will improve similarly to the rematch he had with Vernon Forrest.
Frank Gonzalez Jr. - I expect Wright to outbox and easily handle Mosley much like the last time. Expect Shane to come on strong but finish poorly. This contest will go the distance with Wright winning a Unamimous Decision. -
Blaine Hislop - Double-W by relatively lopsided decision or by mid-to-late rounds TKO. -
Mike LeTourneau - Mosley hasn't legitimately won a fight since July of 2001. I don't see any changes here. Wright by UD, though it will be slightly closer than their first fight. -
Oleg Bershadsky - Wright by TKO in the 11th round -
Jim Abbott - Mosley by KO9
El Gordo del Box - Mosley will surprise everyone. He won't be the old Mosley, because he simply can't anymore. But he will understand his limitations and know that he will have to risk more and dig down deep to get it. Wright has always had a tendency to fade late in fights (he even did so in the first fight) and Mosley will be putting more preassure this time around, going to the body more often and making Wright fight at a fast pace. Mosley will come strong in the last quarter of the fight and dominate the last couple of rounds, punctuating a close but clear victory. Wright's great chin will be the only thing to keep him up.
Elisa Harrison - Jeff Mayweather once told me -when referring to the possibility of a second Trinidad-Hopkins match-up- that if a fighter is dominant in the first fight, said fighter will only be that much stronger the second time around. While Wright didn't do to Mosley what Hopkins did to Tito, he was dominant enough. It's only Wright that Winky will emerge victorious this coming Saturday. Wink Wink unanimously...
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