Shane Andre Mosley (born September 7, 1971), often
known as "Sugar" Shane Mosley, is an American professional boxer.
He is a former three-weight world champion, having held the IBF lightweight
title, the WBC and WBA (Super) welterweight titles, as well as the
WBC, WBA (Super) and The Ring magazine light middleweight titles.
He is also a former lineal champion at welterweight (twice) and light
In 1998, the Boxing writers Association of America
selected Mosley as their Fighter of the Year. He was also given the
same honor by the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2000. In 2000
and 2001 he was named the pound for pound best fighter in the world
by The Ring.
Mosley has fought and defeated some of the most
recognizable names in the sport including Oscar De La Hoya (twice),
Fernando Vargas, Ricardo Mayorga (twice), and Antonio Margarito. He
has also faced several former champions in Miguel Cotto, Floyd Mayweather
Jr., Manny Pacquiao, and Saul Alvarez.
born in Lynwood, California and raised in Pomona, California. He has
two older sisters, Venus and Cerena. Mosley became interested in boxing
after watching his father, Jack, box in street fights. Mosley has
been trained and managed by his father since the age of eight.
Mosley was an amateur standout, capturing various amateur titles,
- 1989 United States Amateur Champion at Lightweight
- 1989 World Junior Championships Silver Medalist in San Juan,
Puerto Rico 132 lb
- 1990 United States Amateur Champion at Lightweight
- 1990 Goodwill Games Bronze Medalist in Seattle (USA) 132 lb
1992 United States Amateur Champion at Light Welterweight 139 lb
Mosley would make two more defenses of his title
at lightweight, stopping both Golden Johnson and John Brown, before
relinquishing his titles and moving up twelve pounds in weight to
welterweight. He scored two consecutive knockouts, setting up a huge
fight against Oscar de la Hoya for the WBC welterweight title.
La Hoya vs Mosley
On June 17, 2000, Mosley met De La Hoya in Los Angeles
for the WBC & vacant Lineal welterweight titles. After twelve
rounds, Mosley emerged with a split decision victory. During the fight,
neither man was in danger of going down, but both had badly swollen
faces at the end and De La Hoya was bleeding from the nose for several
rounds. Mosley earned a minimum of $15 million, while De La Hoya was
guaranteed $35 million.
On February 8, 2003,
Mosley's bout with former IBF light middleweight title holder Raul
Marquez ended in a no contest when Mosley accidentally head butted
Marquez twice in round three, which caused two very bad cuts above
the eyes of Marquez.
De La Hoya vs Mosley II
Mosley and De La
Hoya faced each other for the second time on September 13, this time
with De La Hoya's Lineal, The Ring, WBC, WBA light middleweight championships
on the line. Mosley defeated De La Hoya by a controversial 12 round
unanimous decision and joined the exclusive group of world boxing
champions that have reigned in three or more divisions. Many fans
had Oscar easily beating Mosley in this rematch but judges scored
it differently regardless of De La Hoya landing over 100 more punches.
Mosley testified in 2003 that he injected himself with the notorious
doping agent EPO as he prepared for his light middleweight title fight
against Oscar De La Hoya, according to grand jury transcripts and