September 26, 2008

For Mosley and Mayorga, “It’s a Tijuana state of mind”

By El Gran Campeon

“Sugar” Shane Mosley, (44-5-37 KOs) and Ricardo “El Matador” Mayorga (29-6-23 KOs) will collide in battle tomorrow night at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California; in a match that both combatants agree will not last very long. Physically, they will engage in a battle of will’s, with both men doing whatever is necessary to get a win, and keep their names from fading away. Mentally, they know that a win will keep their name in the limelight, and give them the opportunity to boost their already illustrious careers by fighting current WBA welterweight champion, “The Tijuana Tornado” Antonio Margarito.

At 37, Mosley, (a champion in three weight classes) is still at the pinnacle of his career and continues to be regarded as one of the top fighters in the sport. Last November, Mosley proved that he could still hang with today’s young crop of elite fighters, when he gave Puerto Rico’s Miguel Cotto all he could handle in a close, electrifying match-up.

Mosley has never been one to “shy” away from a battle, and he has continuously displayed his dexterity by taking on some of the biggest names in the Welterweight, and Jr. Middleweight divisions. His matches include reputable opponents such as: Oscar De La Hoya, Fernando “El Feroz” Vargas and Winky Wright. At a time when most are getting ready to with drawl from the limelight and welcome retirement, Mosley insists that he is still the skilled, determined, and dynamic fighter we have grown to admire.

Shane knows that should he get passed Mayorga tomorrow night, and do so in impressive fashion, bigger fights, and bigger paydays await him. Mosley has made his impressions clear stating that his match with Mayorga, “Might go four or five rounds and then after I’m through with beating Mayorga, I’ll be looking to fight Margarito.” The possibility of a showdown between Mosley and Margarito would be intriguing on many levels. Margarito has desperately been seeking a match with Oscar De La Hoya for years now. In fighting Mosley, Margarito would have the opportunity of fighting the only man that holds the distinction of having defeated De La Hoya twice. Although it may be seen as somewhat as a consolation prize for Margarito, in defeating Mosley he can say that he accomplished something that Oscar could not.

Ricardo Mayorga, will look to spoil ‘Sugar’ Shane’s plans of fighting Margarito. Never at a loss for words, the man from Nicaragua, promises to send Mosley into retirement. At a press conference to announce the fight, Mayorga stated “This is going to be a short fight like in the amateurs, only three rounds. This will be Shane’s permanent return home because the old lady needs a home. I will be the man that night, and Shane will be my woman.” Throughout his career, Mayorga has been boxing’s version of a roast master. His prefight comments have enraged his opponents, but have made for some memorable moments.

Before his 2006 fight with Oscar De La Hoya, he mocked the “Golden Boy” by presenting him with a dress with the words “Golden Girl” emblazoned on it. Last year before his fight with Fernando Vargas he constantly called him “Gordo” for not being able to make the agreed upon weight of 154 pounds. Most recently, Mayorga his disrespected Antonio Margarito by referring to him as a “Mariachi guy” and a “Taxi driver.” Mayorga’s wild antics and comments even led the Ring Magazine to anoint him as “The craziest man in the sport.”

El Matador’s wild style in and outside of the ring have personified him his entire career. Perhaps he is at his best when fighting a more subdued fight as he did last November in his fight against Fernando Vargas. In that fight Mayorga caught everybody off guard by being the more disciplined fighter, knocking Vargas down two times en route to a victory. Don King, Mayorga’s promoter concurs with the notion that Mayorga must tone down a bit stating that “Mayorga too often fights two opponents, himself and the other guy. The only person that can beat Mayorga is Mayorga.”

Defeating Shane Mosley, would give Mayorga the biggest victory of his career, and put him one step closer to facing the “mariachi guy.” Mayorga has been on Margarito’s radar since 2002, when Mayorga defeated Andrew “Six Heads” Lewis to become the then WBA welterweight champion. In an interview with doghouseboxing.com, Margarito expressed his desire to fight Mayorga stating that a fight between the two “Would be a fight fans dream. We would be two trains heading towards each other on the same tracks.”

Both Mosley and Mayorga are well aware of the implications that lie ahead. While both men guarantee that the fight will not last, one thing is for sure. The fists will be flying, the eyes on the prize, and the winner will be in that Tijuana state of mind.

El Gran Chisme

Chavez Jr, Arce headline Vegas card Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (37-0-29 KO’s) will headline his first fight in Las Vegas, in a re-match against Matt Vanda. The match dubbed “Final Impact” will take place on November 1st at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. This match will be an opportunity for Chavez to step, and finally move out of his father’s shadow. The Mexican Newspaper Esto is also reporting that Jorge Arce will be making the first defense of his interim WBA Super Flyweight title on the under card. El Travieso would be facing off against Isidro “Chino” Garcia.

“Nacho” is the man

Updating last week’s story, it has been confirmed that legendary Mexican trainer Ignacio “Nacho” Beristain will train Oscar De La Hoya for his December 6th bout vs. Manny Pacquiao. For De La Hoya, this marks his third different trainer in as many fights.

Mexicali’s “Perro” Angulo in for dogfight at Pechanga

One of today’s top young stars, Mexicali’s own Alfredo “El Perro” Angulo (13-0-10 KOs) will be facing his stiffest opponent when he faces off against Ukrainian fighter Andrey Tsurkan. The fight will take place on October 4th at the Pechanga Casino in Temecula. Angulo is coming off an impressive knock-out victory of Ricardo Cortes this past may. Also on the same card is probably the hottest prospect in all of boxing, undefeated featherweight Yuriorkis Gamboa. Gamboa will be facing Marcos Ramirez in a bout that should not last very long. Do not miss your chance to miss boxing’s next big stars.

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