Mosley truly turns back the hands of Time in defeating Margarito
By John Novosalec at ringside for (Jan 25, 2009) Photo © German Villasenor  
It was said that this is the largest crowd ever assembled at the Staples Center, estimated to be at 20,820 with all 3 levels sold out. It's a great atmosphere filled with true fight fans, who Bob Arum treated well by staging the fight here, and setting reasonable ticket prices. Hopefully this is a sign of what's to come in the future.

Unlike Vegas fights where the crowd doesn't typically show up until the main event, the Staples Center had a good amount of people in it throughout the duration of the undercard, marinating themselves in cerveza and margaritas. On the way in I saw the sheriff had 2 buses outside in case they had to make a large number of arrests; let's hope we don't need those.

Mosley entered the arena first to the expected heavy chorus of boos and whistles, followed by Tony who has reached a level of adulation with the Hispanic crowd that was formerly reserved for the likes of Julio Cesar Chavez, Marco Antonio Barrera, and Erik Morales.

The feeling out process didn't last long as the fighters traded hard shots intermixed with a few clinches in the first. Shane's hand speed and footwork were on display in the 2nd as he also used some tactical clinching and infighting. Shane's right hand was finding its target early in the 3rd, and it continued to the entire round. A right to the head of Tony brought a smile to the face of the granite chinned Mexican with about a minute left.

Shane looked spectacular in the first third of the fight, and a hard right to the head at the bell punctuated the 4th round. At this point, I have Shane pitching an unexpected shutout. He looks to be executing a well crafted game plan, using his hand speed, foot work, and veteran guile to out maneuver Tony. The 6th round ended with Shane pummeling Tony on the ropes. Another hard right ends the 7th round, as Shane's incessant jab kept Tony from being able to see him much less find him.

Shane turned it up in the 8th as Tony tried to fight back. He hurt him badly with about 30 seconds to go, and Tony hit the deck. He rose on Shaky legs, as the official took a very close look at him as the bell rang to end the round. The 60 seconds in between rounds was not enough to recover. Shane wasn't going to let him off the hook, and after sending Tony to the canvas for the second time the fight was waved off. Official time was 43 seconds of the 9th round.

Shane truly turned back the hands of time, and put in perhaps his most impressive performance ever.


Former featherweight titlist Robert Guerrero from Gilroy, California ended a year long layoff with a move up to 130 in facing veteran Edel Ruiz of Los Mochis, Mexico. Guerrero started out behind his jab and less than a minute in landed a vicious body shot, a left to the gut that ended the fight. Ruiz went down immediately and didn't rise for a couple minutes. 43 seconds of the first round was the official time. Guerrero moves to 23-1-1 (16 Kos) while Ruiz drops to 29-22-5 (18 Kos).

A 4 round swing bout in the lightweight division filled the gap after the brief Guerrero affair, pitting Brian Ramirez of Los Angeles (5-1, 3 Kos) against Luis Tapia (0-2) from Compton, California. Each fighter had his moments in the opening round, and slugged it out through most of the 2nd to the delight of the mostly Hispanic crowd. A point was taken from Ramirez in the 3rd for a low blow, and the fighters continued to duke it out in the 4th. Scores were 38-37, 39-36, and 38-37 all for Luis Tapia.

Top Rank prospect and former amateur standout Matvey Korobov (2-0, 2 Kos) of Orotukan, Russia faced Jose Florentino (3-3, 3 Kos) of Indianapolis in the final undercard bout. Korobov showcased his strong skill set in a first round destruction of Florentino. He has a quick jab, cuts off the ring well, throws combinations, and works both the head and the body. Look for more from him on future Top Rank cards, he should be a fun one to watch. 2:28 of the first was the official time of the stoppage win.

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