By John J. Raspanti, Doghouse Boxing: “Good morning everybody, just want to thank you for showing me so much love, had a great career and loved every moment of it, win, lose or draw.” -- Shane Mosley
"Sugar" Shane Mosley used his twitter
account to announce his retirement from professional boxing yesterday. The
five-time world champion steps away from the ring with a career mark of
46-8-1, which includes 39 knockouts.
Mosley, 40, will now shift his energies into building the career of his 21-year-old son Shane Mosley Jr.
going to leave it alone," Mosley told ESPN.com. "I'm good. I'm going
into the promotional world, I'm training my son. It was a helluva
career. I'm happy for all the great memories and all the great fighters
that I fought. Now it's time give back. I'm ready to train my son
Last month Mosley suffered a fearful beating at
the hands of Mexican sensation Canelo Alvarez. The nature of the loss
was enough to convince the former champion that his better days were
behind him. The signs had been there in Mosley's previous four bouts,
but Mosley like so many fighters before him, refused to acknowledge
"That's life, that's getting older," said Mosley. "When you
get older, you see what happens. You think you can do things. You see
stuff that you think you can do, that you want to do, but you just can't
do it anymore,” he said.
Mosley faced all comers during his 19
years in the ring. He captured the IBF lightweight title in 1997. He
defeated titleholders Jesse James Leija, John John Molina, Phillip
Holiday, and Luis Collazo.
After defending his title eight times,
Mosley moved to the welterweight division. He stopped Wilfredo Rivera
and Willy Wise, before facing his boyhood friend Oscar De La Hoya for
the welterweight championship in 2000. Mosley won the exciting affair by
split decision - in what many called the fight of the year.
and De La Hoya met in a rematch three years later. Mosley again
prevailed by a close controversial decision. He later admitted injecting
himself with steroids while in training for the De La Hoya fight.
Mosley has stated that his former strength and conditioning coach,
Darryl Hudson, convinced him to take the substances, and that he was
unaware of what they were.
In 2006, Mosley scored consecutive
knockouts over Fernando Vargas, and stopped Ricardo Mayorga two years
later. In 2009, Mosley was the first fighter to stop Antonio Margerito,
scoring a ninth-round stoppage.
Mosley loss two fights each to
the late Vernon Forest and Winky Wright. He was also defeated by Miguel
Cotto, Manny Pacquiao, Floyd Mayweather and Miguel Cotto.
The losses did nothing to dampen the affection most boxing fans felt for the three-division champion.
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