|Mosley not so sweet to Margarito
By Benny Henderson Jr., Doghouse Boxing (Jan 26, 2009) Photo © German Villasenor
In front 20,820 boxing fans, the highest attendance the Staples Center has ever had grace the arena since its conception the fall of 1999, as well as the world wide viewers via HBO, five-time world champion “Sugar” Shane Mosley 46-5 (39) shocked the boxing world as well as his opponent Antonio Margarito 37-6 (27) in a nine round shellacking taking the WBA welterweight crown in entertaining fashion.
Not many around the boxing world gave the thirty-seven year old California native a shot at beating Margarito, better yet handing down a knockout loss to the tough as nails Mexican fighter who in his fourteen year fight career prior to Mosley has never tasted defeat via stoppage.
With allegations of doping, and a potential divorce with his wife of seven years (Jin Mosley) in his face, as well as seventeen years of wear and tear from the “sweet science” on his body, not forgetting the tough hombre in Margarito he was facing, many wondered what Shane Mosley could offer up in this championship throw down. What the fight fans witnessed was Mosley as his best.
Margarito, known as a slow starter, was automatically jumped on by Mosley at the beginning of the bout. The early rounds went to Mosley who was more precise and powerful in his punching, using stinging combinations to the head and body.
Mosley’s defense was on as well as he took away from Margarito’s aggression with great movement and effective clinching, followed up by more painful and punishing blows.
It was pretty much a wash out for Mosley, who was beating Margarito to the punch and eventually to the canvas by dropping Antonio in the closing seconds of round eight.
As round nine began it was the end of the wobbly legged Margarito as Mosley went on the attack putting Margarito on the ropes, finishing up the assault until Margarito’s team threw in the towel giving Mosley the win at forty-three seconds in the ninth round.
The old adage goes, “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks”. But ponder this one, “every dog has its day”.
Congrats to Mosley for a hell of job!
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